in 1980 as a Basildon-based trio (although Chris was from Great Wakering),
the original name being 'Dark Deeds On A Lonely Bridge' from a headline
in a local newspaper. Julian joined in 1980/81 and some time later band
named changed to '86-Mix' (invented by Chris) and their HQ shifted to
They played numerous gigs including Crocs, Canterbury Art College, and
some anarchist centre in Wapping, as well as all the usual haunts in Southend
(Top Alex, Rascals, Grand Hotel, Focus, Zero 6, Spread Eagle pub, Thorpedene
Community Centre, Zhivagos, and others I have forgotten).
Recorded two cassette albums ('The Baby Banjos', 'From The Fridge') and
appeared on quite a number of compilations.
were much loved, and much hated (for instance, they played at the Top
Alex on three occasions; thrown off once, and encored twice). Their industrial
sound owed much to The Fall, PiL and The Cure, with a bit of A Certain
Ratio thrown in. Jeff and Chris split the songwriting, but Julian increasingly
took over after joining.
Songs included: The Party, Dark Deeds On A Lonely Bridge, Too Much The
Barman, Jump, Déjà Vu, This Man, My City Is A Desert, Your Current Hero,
Yellow Check, Permanence, Custodian, Red Rags, Describe Yourself, Seeing
Broke up in 1982 when first Julian, and then Chris, decided to call it
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