Rock family tree

1979  

Media Premonition:
Paul Mills
Tim Jones

From the Diagram:
Terry Morgan
Paul Jinks
Allan Rogers

 

Paul and Tim were at school together in Shaw, Oldham. They did their first gig together as Media Premonition on Tim's 18th birthday at Paddy's Wigwam, supporting The Relatives - great pub rock band from Oldham. Media Premonition forecast the "End of Coronation Street" and said that its no use hiding underneath your kitchen table when the bomb drops because you won't be able to hide from the radiation - it's a "Physical Impossibility".

From the Diagram never got beyond playing in front of friends in the front room during the holidays.

 

1984  

The Gallery
Peter Gibbins
Clyde Hatter
Nicola Lambert
Malcolm Bruce
Tim Jones

Toffee Apple Forest
Peter Gibbins
Clyde Hatter
Julian Echo
Tim Jones

 

Not long after arriving in Sheffield to go to University, Tim was recruited to local band The Gallery, playing psychedelic pop, including the marvellous "Constantine" and a song about 19th Century British Foreign Policy - "Mint Imperial". The Gallery metamorphosised into the Toffee Apple Forest to play some really off the wall stuff, including "God" a track picked up later by the Nihilistics.
1985  

Media Premonition:
Paul Mills
Tim Jones
Terry Morgan
Matt Priestley
Jon Sykes

Fuck City Shitters:
Pete Fuck
Little Ziggy
Mick Diggin
Lou Gilbert

The Ugly Americans:
Ian Spence
Paul Mills

The Ugly Americans:
Ian Spence
Terry Morgan

 

Media Premonition grew into a five piece band for a short time - only did one gig at the Hallamshire Hotel. Matt, the drummer, was never really into the band - he was using it as practice for bigger and better things (where is he now?). We opened with a rip roaring "Scapegoat" but stuttered a bit during some of the slower numbers.

At about the same time, The Fuck City Shitters were born with a bang. Sheffield was covered in "FCS" graffiti overnight. FCS songs included the immortal "One Fuck and You're Dead" - about the threat of AIDS. The FCS were one of the best live bands in Sheffield at the time. Lou was a real showman, doing the old guitar behind the head stuff etc.

When they split up, Lou recruited a new drummer, Rob, and got his brother Charlie on bass to form The Plague Dogs. Rob currently doing Tarana.

Pete Fuck has been in over 35 bands.

The Ugly Americans was a concept of Ian Spence. Went through a lot of changes over a couple of years, doing a few gigs, including "Battle of the Bands" at the Limit Club. Included here for completeness. Ian also put together the Company Classics compilation tapes, which included early Pulp tracks among others.

1986  

The Atheist Militia:
Paul Mills
Tim Jones
Terry Morgan
Matt Kendall

 

The Atheist Militia was formed on a Sunday, and performed on a Monday. Sadly we didn't record anything at the time. We didn't keep the name for very long before becoming The Nihilistics.

At about this time, Paul was producing a compilation tape: Premonition Art Construct, featuring a number of local bands, including Pulp, the Bland, the Masons, the Gallery, and notably including tracks by T'Challa Grid (predecessors of the Inspiral Carpets) and Tools You Can Trust. He also put on a series of gigs to promote it.

1987  

The Nihilistics:
Paul Mills
Tim Jones
Matt Kendall
Terry Morgan
Pete Fuck

Feral:
Terry Morgan
Paul Bentley
Simone Drezet
Pierre Drezet

 

The first Nihilistics gig was at a Sheffield University Hall of Residence at an open stage night. The final Nihilistics gig was at Take 2 near Darnall. As it was the last gig, the bass guitar and the drum kit were both smashed up.

After the Nihilistics split, various former Nihilie boys set up, or joined other bands. Feral did a small number of gigs before Terry was thrown out due to non-musical differences.

1988  

St. Lucifers Boys Choir:
Paul Mills
Sikorsky

 

The first incarnation of SLBC. Many more have followed.
1989  

Iskra:
Terry Morgan
Rupert Smith
Jo
John

SLBC:
Paul Mills
Paul Bower
Richard Edwards

 

Iskra was a jazz funk band, played one anti-Poll Tax benefit gig but didn't last long. The woman singing had a fantastic voice. Too many political differences. Can't remember some of their last names. Rupert was a nice bloke, but his wife was an SWP robot with an Edward Scissorhands hair cut.
1992  

SLBC:
Paul Mills
Street Beat Pete
Andy Hassall
Jelly

 

 
1994  

Techno Ken:
Kenneth Frost (Tim Jones)

 

Sex Vicar Tim Jones' alter ego. Techno Ken plays a fusion of Hammond organ pop music with a techno beat.
1998  

SLBC:
Paul Mills
Copernicus Mugombe

 

 
2002  

Delay Tactics:
Christian
Matt Kendall

 

 
2006  

THE NIHILISTICS:
Paul Mills
Tim Jones
Pete Fuck
Matt Kendall
Terry Morgan

 

Reunion gig - Wednesday 13 September 2006, later followed by a short set at the Red House on 4 November with loads of other bands on, and at the George IV a week later.
2007  

THE NIHILISTICS:
Paul Mills
Tim Jones
Pete Fuck
Terry Morgan

 

Unfortunately without Matt, the Nihilistics played a reunion gig on 20 October 2007 at The Grapes.
2012  
THE NIHILISTICS:
Paul Mills
Tim Jones
Pete Fuck
Matt Kendall
Terry Morgan
25th Anniversary reunion gig - Thursday 20 September 2012, at Mentholmans, West Street, Sheffield, with The Weird and the Wonderful, Techno Ken and Tarana and Third Gold Bird. Full original line up, with Matt rejoining the fold.

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