With a career that's already in its
twenty-fifth year, vocalist/guitarist IAN "KNOX" CARNOCHAN, bassist PAT COLLIER,
guitarist JOHN ELLIS and drummer EDDIE originally formed the VIBRATORS in February
1976, and their first gig was supporting THE STRANGLERS at Hornsey Art College
in North London. They supported THE SEX PISTOLS at the 100 CLUB and were one
of the bands playing at the now legendary 100 CLUB PUNK ROCK FESTIVAL, where
as well as doing their own set they supported guitar hero CHRIS SPEDDING. CHRIS
recommended the band to his then record company, RAK. The band's debut single
"WE VIBRATE" came out in November (one of the first punk singles) and was followed
two weeks later by CHRIS SPEDDING'S "POGO DANCING" single with the VIBRATORS
as the band on that. Early in 1977 the band supported IGGY POP (with DAVID BOWIE
on keyboards) on a UK tour, then moved to EPIC RECORDS and released the classic
"BABY BABY" single, followed by their first album "PURE MANIA" which spent five
weeks in the UK Top 75, peaking at number 49. A second single from the album
- but a live version - "LONDON GIRLS", came out in the summer of 1977 and was
promoted by a tour supporting ex-MOTT THE HOOPLE mainman IAN HUNTER. Bassist
PAT COLLIER left soon after and was replaced by GARY TIBBS. The band released
the single "AUTOMATIC LOVER" (March 1978), which not only reached 35 in the
charts but also got the band on TOP OF THE POPS. A second LP, "V2" was released
in April and reached number 33 in the British Charts, and is still regarded
today as one of New Waves finest moments. Over the next eighteen years, the
band released several albums and toured non-stop, but with a constantly changing
line-up. In 1996, in their twentieth year, they started with a new line-up:
KNOX - guitar/vocals, EDDIE - drums, with newcomers DARRELL BATH (ex- UK SUBS,
CRYBABIES, DOGS D'AMOUR) - guitar, and NICK PECKHAM (ex- BIG BOY TOMATO) - bass,
but by June that year they had become a three-piece (KNOX, NICK, and EDDIE).
The band recorded the albums "FRENCH LESSONS WITH CORRECTION!" (1997) and "BUZZIN'"
(1999). with the band doing extensive touring, (almost 100 gigs in 1999 - including
the USA and Canada), plus the release of many albums. In their long career the
VIBRATORS have toured with the likes of IGGY POP, IAN HUNTER, THE FLAMING GROOVIES,
and have had their songs covered by THE EXPLOITED, UK SUBS, GBH, REM, DIE TOTEN
HOSEN, to name but a few. They've just celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary,
and continue touring heavily and releasing more records. Who's to say we won't
see another 25 years of PURE MANIA!
After twenty-five years
on the punk scene, we've lost track of how many albums they have put out.
It is much easier to say that this is their last studio album, recorded in
1999. A re-release for the German market, this 15 song studio album continues
the Vibrators sound that they have spent twenty-five years tuning to perfection.
Featuring some of their coolest songs yet, like "Politically Correct",
"Killer On The Internet" and the amazing "Streets Of London
- Artist: The
- Title: Buzzin'
- Catalog #:
Empty Records Europe
- Release Date:
August 15th, 2002