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The Exploited started in 1978 or '79 in Edinburgh, Scotland after young Wattie Buchan left the army. Rumour has it his brother Terry actually started the band and Wattie took over shortly thereafter when Terry lost interest. Anyway, at this time the band's lineup was Wattie on vocals, Steve (aka Hayboy) on guitar, Mark on bass and Jimbo on drums. They began gigging heavily and as members started ducking out, Wattie soon became the only original member. Jimbo was the first to go when he left the band to go to college. He was replaced by Dru Stix. In 1980, the band released their first single, Army Life on their own Exploited Record Company.

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  • History of The Exploited

    As the Exploited started opening for more established bands such as the Cockney Rejects and UK Subs, the record shot to #6 on the independent chart and the band's following grew. Army Life actually stayed in the charts for five years striaght without ever going out for a week. For one reason or another, Mark and Steve were replaced by Gary McCormack and "Big John" Duncan, an accomplished lead guitarist whose style has been constantly immitated since then. In November 1980, they released Exploited Barmy Army which immedietly hit #4 on the independent chart and landed the band a record deal with Secret Records, who took over in distributing the two singles and released the Dogs of War 7" in April 1981, which eventually hit #2 in the independent chart and #63 in the national chart.


    DRUNKEN SHINANIGANS
    The Exploited's sound, fashion and stage antics had attracted a huge legion of dedicated punk and skinhead fans throughout Europe. They were adored for their "don't give a fuck" attitude and "live fast, die young" lifestyle. In mid-1981, Oi! Records released their imfamous Oi! compilation featuring two Exploited tracks, "Daily News" and "I Still Believe in Anarchy". Around this time, they also put out the first of many live albums, On Stage on Secret Records.

    In May 1981, the group finally put out their first full-length LP, Punk's Not Dead featuring classics like "Cop Cars" and "Sex and Violence". The album hit #1 on the independent chart and #20 on the independent chart. It's been called the most important punk album since Nevermind the Bollocks ...personally, I wouldn't go that far, but whatever. Soon thereafter, they launched the very successful "Apacalypse" tour with Discharge co-headlining and Anti-Pasti, Chron Gen, and Anti Nowhere League as supporters.

    The next big wave of success would come in the form of a 3-song EP called Dead Cities, which landed them their first television appearance on TOP OF THE POPS. The fans were disgusted and called the band sellouts. The appearance killed record sales completely (the day before TOP OF THE POPS, they sold 20,000 records...the day after, they sold 50). Around this time, Dru Stix was arrested for armed robbery and was sentenced to 7 years in prison and was quickly replaced by Danny.

    Danny must've been slow in learning or something because Steve Roberts played drums on the next single (Attack/Alternative) and most of the next album, Troops of Tomorrow, whose title track was written by the Vibrators. This album, in my opinion, is the Exploited at their best and it took them on their first North American tour in summer 1982. Upon their return, Secret Records released the Computers Don't Blunder single and Danny was replaced by Wattie's little brother, Willie, who has since taken over the musical end of songwriting duties for the most part.

    In 1983, the band recorded the Rival Leaders EP and Let's Start a War LP, but delayed releasing either when they decided to leave Secret Records and Gary and Big John quit. The band signed with Pax Records and secured the lineup with Billy on guitar and Wayne on bass. Production-wise, Let's Start a War was an obvious attempt at re-creating the sound they achieved on Troops of Tomorrow. The record didn't sell as well either, as the UK's punk scene started to steadily decline, although their popularity continued to grow throughout the rest of Europe. They also faced legal troubles after failing to pay OR credit artist Pushead for the drawing on the cover of the album. Wattie says they left it up to the label and that's why it never got done. However, none of this really meant squat to Wattie, whose main goal was to make exciting music, cause mayhem around the world and get fucked up and laid as often as possible.


    BIG JOHN
    After a short break-up in 1984, the band hit the road again with Karl Morris on guitar. 1985 saw the release of Horror Epics, which was a victim of over-production with there being so many effects on the dru

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  • DISCOGRAPHY



    Releases

    ARMY LIFE 7" (Exploited, 1980)

    EXPLOITED BARMY ARMY 7" (Exploited, 1980)

    DOGS OF WAR 7" (Secret, 1981)

    ON STAGE LP (Secret, 1981)

    PUNK'S NOT DEAD LP (Secret, 1981)

    DEAD CITIES 7" (Secret, 1981)

    ATTACK/ALTERNATIVE 7" (Secret, 1982)

    TROOPS OF TOMORROW LP (Secret, 1982)

    COMPUTERS DON'T BLUNDER 7" (Secret, 1982)

    RIVAL LEADERS 7" (Pax, 1983)

    LET'S START A WAR (Pax, 1983)

    HORROR EPICS LP (?, 1985)

    LIVE AT THE WHITEHOUSE LP (Combat Core, 1986)

    JESUS IS DEAD 12" (Music for Nations, 1986)

    DEATH BEFORE DISHONOUR LP (Rough Justice/Music For Nations, 1987)

    WAR NOW! 12" (Rough Justice/Music For Nations, 1988)

    THE MASSACRE LP (Triple-X/Rough Justice, 1990)

    BEAT THE BASTARDS LP (Triple-X/Rough Justice, 1996)

    NOISE ANNOYS LP (Spitfire, due March 2003)


    Reissues

    PUNK SINGLES & RARITIES CD (Captain Oi - has all 7"s from 1980-83 plus comp tracks)

    TOTALLY EXPLOITED: THE BEST OF THE EXPLOITED CD (Taang!, 2001)


    Compilations

    OI! THE ALBUM LP (EMI, 1980)

    PUNK AND DISORDERLY vol. 3 LP (Anagram, 1983)


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  • Jonny Christie
    Jonny Christie

    1 i the best bandz eveeeeeeeeeer PND!

    3/31/10
  • Steph
    Steph

    awsome band

    3/3/10
  • Girl Germs
    Girl Germs

    hell yes

    12/4/09
  • Hold Back The Day
    Hold Back The Day

    These guys rock!

    9/1/09
  • Lukemac
    Lukemac

    MESSAGE FROM THE EXPLOITED

    8/18/09
  • Jessicaa
    Jessicaa

    i loooooove the exploited (:

    7/29/09
  • James Mccormack

    the exploited are the best my fave 2 songs are sick bastard and fuck the usa

    7/4/09
  • Time Again
    Time Again

    time again page, Join if you like em! :)) x

    6/28/09
  • Billy
    luv Billy

    This was a fantastic band when "Big John & Gary (Acid House) McCormack were in it. Iam afraid they were never be the same after they left. Sorry Wattie ya Hearts Bastart!!! LOL

    6/19/09
  • Brad-Ley.
    Brad-Ley.

    Anyone seen them live at Palm Cove? Fucking mean.

    6/17/09
  • Punk Till Death
    luv Punk Till Death

    fcking great band

    6/16/09
  • Charlie
    Charlie

    fucking ausome band ly

    6/3/09
  • Orgis
    Orgis

    oi oi cant wait on new album :D

    6/1/09
  • luv Beautiful And Dammed

    luv 4 ya mad yokes :D

    5/30/09
  • Your Stupid
    Your Stupid

    wait. it was 14, i dno

    5/26/09
  • Your Stupid
    Your Stupid

    snuck into these cunts when we were 15

    5/26/09
  • luv Beautiful And Dammed

    CHAOS IS MY LIFE!!!!!!

    5/20/09
  • Brad-Ley.
    luv Brad-Ley.

    DEFIANTLY THE FUKIN BEST REAL PUNK BAND................TO FUCK WITH THE KID ONS THIS IS PUNK Fuck man, Im 14 and I DONT GIVE A FUCK

    5/18/09
  • Keifer
    luv Keifer

    Fucking Little Cow!!! awsoem band hi

    4/8/09