Electro Hippies were a proto-grindcore/crust/hardcore punk band formed in St Helens/Wigan, United Kingdom, in 1985.

Though they were short-lived and underground through their career, their music influenced many future crust, hardcore punk, and grindcore bands. The band relied heavily on low bass end sounds to create their low-fi, primitively produced music. They also incorporated elements of heavy metal and have been described as "proto-grindcore".[1] The band strongly embraced the D.I.Y. do it yourself) ethic which was very common among many early crust punk bands. The band's lyrics spoke heavily about animal rights and vegetarianism. A recurring lyrical theme on each album targeted the McDonalds corporation, evidenced by the lyrics to "Run Ronald" and "Scum".

The band were supported by John Peel for whom they recorded a radio session in 1987, released as an EP by Strange Fruit Records the same year.[2][3]

The Electro Hippies included Jeff Walker (guitar, vocals) in their ranks. He later joined extreme metal band Carcass. When Walker joined Carcass full-time, Simon (drums) and Andy (guitar) took over vocal duties. Eventually, the band split up in 1989, playing one last gig and releasing the show as their final album.


During their short career, they also appeared on many compilations, such as A Vile Peace, Digging in Water, the Peel sessions sampler, and Vile Vibes.


  1. York, William "[[[:Template:Allmusic]] The Only Good Punk Review]", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 19 December 2009
  2. Strong, Martin C. (2001) The Great Metal Discography, 2nd edn., MOJO Books, ISBN 1-84195-185-4, p. 181
  3. The Electro Hippies 1987 Peel Session, Keeping It Peel, BBC, retrieved 19 December 2009
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