Various Artists - Are They Hostile? Croydon Punk, New Wave & Indie Bands 1977-1985

Various Artists - Are They Hostile? Croydon Punk, New Wave & Indie Bands 1977-1985

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Release Date 02/09/2022
Format LP
Label Damaged Goods
Catalogue Number DAMGOOD579LP

An 18 track compilation featuring the best of Croydon's punk and post punk scene! Are They Hostile? Is a new documentary film about the Punk, New Wave and Indie scene in Croydon in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. It takes its name from the first single by Croydon band Bad Actors. To coincide with the film’s release Damaged Goods Records are releasing a compilation vinyl LP and CD featuring bands from in the film including Johnny Moped, The Marines, The Daleks, Case, Fanatics and also bands such as The Straps who played Croydon many times usually at The Star Pub in West Croydon. The CD version also features a specially recorded introduction by the legendary ex-Croydon Greyhound DJ Peter Fox.

It’s been argued that Croydon was the birthplace of Punk in the UK, largely due to The Damned and Johnny Moped. But there was a group of other, less well-known bands who were part of that scene, or who came just after, but who didn’t achieve the same success or recognition. The film and album attempt to set the record straight by shining a light on bands such as Bad Actors, Case, The Daleks, The Heroes and Fanatics. The music still fizzes with the energy and enthusiasm of youth and the punk ethos of just doing it. And the participants, if a bit older and slightly less slim than forty years ago, come alive in the current interviews as if connected to the mains. As the saying goes, “old punks don’t die”, but they do remember. The documentary film takes us through the history of these bands, the people in them, the places they played and, through current interviews with “a bunch of old punks”, what they did next, and how formative and important being in a band was for them growing up.


1 Bad Actors – Are the Hostile?
2 Johnny Moped – Groovy Ruby (Live at the Roxy)
3 The Marines – Step This Way
4 Slime - Controversial
5 Case – Smiling My Life Away
6 The Daleks – Tiny Town
7 Fanatics – Total Confusion
8 The Straps - New Age
9 The Heroes - Tarzan
10 Bad Actors – One Of Us
11 Johnny Moped – Incendiary Device (Live at the Roxy)
12The Marines – Pleasure Business
13 Slime - Loony
14 Case – I Don't Wanna Kill The Whales
15 The Daleks - Rejected
16 Fanatics – When The Sun Goes Down
17 The Straps - Brixton
18 The Heroes - Russia