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Interview

Special Duties
20/3/1999

Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

The current line up is the line up that signed to Rondolet in 1980. Special Duties started in October 1977 after seeing The Adverts in Colchester. We couldn't play but me and Steve Duty were punks at school together and the day after the gig went about recruiting more punks. In 1980 Bart Povah joined and soon after Stuart Bray returned from a previous stint on drums.

Discogrpahy.

1980 - Violent Society/Colchester Council (Charnel House)
1981 - Violent Society/Colchester Council/It Ain't Our Fault (Rondolet)
1982 - Police State/We Gotta Fight/It Just Ain't Me/Special Duties (Rondolet)
"77 In 82" LP (Rondolet)
Bullshit Crass/You're Doing Yourself No Good (Rondolet)
1983 - Punk Rocker/Too Much Talking (Expulsion)
1995 - Mutt/London Town (One Stop)
1996 - Judge and Jury/Shadow (Knockout) - Split 7" with Red Flag 77
1997 - "77 in 97" LP/CD (Captain Oi!)
Wembley! Wembley! (Wemmbley Here We Come/Up The U's/Interview With The Players (Captain Colchester)
1998 - MRR(Maximumrocknroll Rules/Lost Cause (Bricks Records) - Split 7" with The Creed

PLANNED FOR 1999 - I Wish It Could Be 77/Gary Gilmores Eyes (GMM) - Split 7" with Violent Society.

Various covers of punk classics for US compilation albums Live At CBGB's 1998 on own label Singles Collection Bonus Tracks CD (Captain Oi!)

"77 in 99" LP/CD (Blackout Records)

What is the best gig Special Duties have ever done and who else was on the lineup?

Fuck Reading in '95 was good and the first Holidays in the sun was a great weekend but playing the legendary CBGB's in New York was the best. The Casualties, Violent Society, The Unseen and Banner Of Hope were also on the bill that night.

What is the favourite song (and what band is it by) of each member of the band?

Steve Arrogant - Complete Control (The Clash)
Bart Povah - Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols)
Steve Duty - New Rose (The Damned)
Stuart Bray - Cranked Up Really High (Slaughter & The Dogs)

Do you still go and see other punk/oi bands when they play in your area? If so, what was the last band you saw?

Yes. A few weeks ago me and Bart went to see The Vibrators at The Oliver Twist in Colchester. I also go and see Red Flag 77 when they play locally. They live up the road from us.

Do you think street music will rise again?

I think it's pretty healthy at the moment and there will always be a good underground scene. I like bands such as Greenday and Rancid doing so well as it raises the profile of the movement. Also they play really good music.

If you could be any age again, what would it be and why?

Probably 18 for all the good times but I'm happy with life at 36!

Will it be a case of 'Crass War' at Morecambe Holidays in the Sun this year, with both yourself and Steve Ignorant on the line up?

I don't know. I think Special Duties are far more relevant than Crass are today and time has definitely been kinder to us. We won't play Bullshit Crass because although I meant/mean every word I wouldn't want anyone getting hurt over it. Should be quite interesting though.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 99.

Camden Underground on March 19, Holidays in the sun in June, USA in July/August and whatever else seems worth being out of pocket for.

Any final comments?

Thanks for your interest, keep up the good work and visit our web site www.special_duties.surf3.net