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Discharge are a British Hardcore Punk/Crossover Thrash/D-Beat band formed in 1977 by Terence "Tezz" Roberts and Royston "Rainy" Wainwright. While the band had substantial line-up changes over its history, the classic line-up from the early 1980s featured bassist Wainwright, drummer Gary Maloney, "Anthony "Bones" Roberts playing guitar, and vocalist Kelvin "Cal" Morris (a.k.a. "Cal Voice").

Influence[]

Bands like Napalm Death and S.O.B. were heavily influenced by Discharge and really came together because of being influenced by them. Dr. Know, the legendary Nardcore band from Oxnard, Ca. were so into Discharge early in their career, that a few of the original bands songs were almost exact copies of Discharge songs, with Brandon Cruz and Kyle Toucher teaming up for the most insane line up of Dr. Know ever, in 1981/82. Grindcore is an extreme genre of music characterized by heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of incomprehensible growls, or high-pitched shrieks.

Band Members[]

Current Members

  • Royston "Rainy" Wainwright – guitar (1977); bass (1977–1987, 2001–present)
  • Anthony "Bones" Roberts – guitar (1977–1982, 2001–present)
  • Terence "Tezz" Roberts – vocals (1977); drums (1977–1980, 2001–2006); guitar (2014–present)
  • David "Proper" Caution – drums (2006–2014)
  • Jeff "J.J." Janiak - Lead Vocals (2014)

Former Members

  • Nigel Bamford – bass (1977, 2001)
  • Anthony "Akko" Atkinson – drums (1977)
  • Kelvin "Cal" Morris – vocals (1977–1987, 1991–1999, 2001–2003)
  • David "Bambi" Ellesmere – drums (1980)
  • "Garry" Maloney – drums (1981–1984, 1986–1987, 1991–1995)
  • Peter "Pooch" Purtill – guitar (1982–1984)
  • Leslie "The Mole" Hunt – guitar (1984–1986)
  • Stephen "Fish" Brooks – guitar (1986–1987)
  • Andrew "Andy" Green – guitar (1990–1995)
  • Anthony "Jake" Morgan – bass (1990–1995)
  • Nicolas "Nick" Bushell – bass (1995–1999)
  • David "Davey" Quinn – tour bass (2003 US tour)
  • Anthony "Rat" Martin – vocals (2003–2014)

Discography[]

Chart placings, unless stated, are shown are from the UK Indie Chart.[1]

Albums
  • Why? (1981) (#1)
  • Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing (1982) (indie No. 2, UK Album Chart No. 40)[2]
  • Grave New World (1986) (#8)
  • Massacre Divine (1991)
  • Shootin' Up the World (1993)
  • Discharge (2002)
  • Disensitise (2008)
Singles
  • "State Violence State Control" (1982) (#4)
  • "The Price of Silence" (1983) (#5)
  • "The More I See" (1984) (#3)
  • "Ignorance" (1985) (#7)
EPs
  • Realities of War (1980) (#5)
  • Fight Back (1980) (#4)
  • Decontrol (1980) (#2)
  • Never Again (1982) (indie No. 3, UK Singles Chart No. 64)[2]
  • Warning: Her Majesty's Government Can Seriously Damage Your Health (1983) (#6)
  • Beginning of the End (2006)
Compilations
  • Never Again (1984) (#13)
  • 1980–1986 (1986)
  • Protest and Survive (1992)
  • The Clay Punk Singles Collection (1995)
  • Vision of War (1997)
  • Hardcore Hits (1999)
  • Society's Victims (2004)
  • War Is Hell (2008)
Other
  • Demo recording from 1977
  • Limited edition live cassette: Live at the Lyceum (1981) - CHAOS Cassettes LIVE 001, recorded 24 May 1981
  • Live album: Live at the City Gardens, New Jersey (1989)
  • Live album: Live: The Nightmare Continues... (1990) recorded at Tunstall Town Hall, Stoke-on-Trent in 1983
  • Tribute album: Discharged (1992)
  • Tribute album: In Defence Of Our Future: A Tribute To Discharge (1999)
  • Split EP with MG15 (2006)
  • Tribute album: Discharge Tributo (2011) Brazilian bands tribute album.
  • Split EP with Off with Their Heads (2012)

Gallery[]

Audio[]

I Won't Subscribe (1982)

References[]

https://www.discogs.com/artist/257137-Discharge

External links[]

  • Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980–1999. Cherry Red Books. Template:Citation/identifier. 
  • 2.0 2.1 Strong, Martin C. (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. Template:Citation/identifier. 
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