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Self Abuse - unestablished since 1982

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Self Abuse was formed in Bournemouth, Dorset in January 1982 when Andy Nazer [vocals/bass] and Dave Brown [guitar vocals] both 16 old and still at school, got together with Roger [later Jarvis] Smale [guitar] and Steve Ridgeway [drums] both age 17.
The first gig was played in at the Sloop pub, Poole, [with Barbed Wire] in October and the first cassette 'State of Mind' was recorded and released on their own 'Abused Tapes' label later that year.
1983 saw them record and realese the 'Teenage' cassette [again on their own label] and play across the south of England with band such as Subhumans, Cult Maniax, Screaming Dead, Amebix, A-Heads, Organised Chaos, Shrapnel, The Samples and more locally with Butcher, The Mad Are Sane, Admass/Madmass, Shock to the System/Atrox, Idiom Tribe, Confession of Sin, Last Order, Breakout and The Parasites among many others.
In 1984, the [I Didn't Wanna be a] Soldier EP was released [almost a year after being recorded in the summer of 1983] on the Radical Change label and was played by the great John Peel on his radio show. A third demo/cassette was recorded in the summer and two songs [Another Nightmare and Strange Life] were released on the Party Pooping Punk Provocations 12" compilation on the Xcentric Noise label. The other songs remained unreleased.
The band split that year after a final Xmas gig at the Pembroke Arms in Bournemouth.
20 years later in 2004, the original line up reformed to play a sold-out gig at Mr Smiths in Bournemouth and released the No Change 7" EP on Abused Records and the following year saw them play the Wasted [now Rebellion] Festival in Morecombe and continue with other gigs playing with Subhumans, Virus amongst others here and there.
The Grand Theft Audio label [USA] rounded up the early cassette/demo recordings - including the 3rd demo and the Soldier EP and released the [I Didn't Wanna be a] Soldier compilation CD in 2006
Around this time Steve Ridgeway decided to stand down from the drums and in came Dom 'Upchuck' Webb from local Bournemouth punk band the Demonic Upchucks.
With Dom on board, SA released the Celebrity Death Squad [2009] and Burn Trash City [2014] 7" EP's and rounded up all the recordings and out-takes since their reformation on the Screenage CD [2015] on Abused Records. Antitodo Records [Spain] re-issued the Soldier EP 7" on clear vinyl in 2017 and the band have carried on gigging sporadically, notably with a return to Rebellion and the odd bigger gig with the likes of SLF, Chelsea, The Vibrators and Menace.
2019 brings news that another, as yet untitled 7" vinyl EP is recorded and awaiting release....

Limited to 250 copies.


01 Spare a thought
02 Torn Apart
State of Mind Demo 82

03 (I didn't wanna be a) Soldier
04 State of Mind
Soldier 7 EP 1983

05 So cold
06 Pills
Teenage Demo 83

07 Strange Life
08 On and on
Third Demo Summer 84

09 No Change
No Change EP 2004

11Trash City Burning
Demo 2005

12 Celebrity Death Squad
13 Barcode Breakdown
Celebrity Death Squad EP 2009

14 World in Action
Outtakes 2009

15 Burn Trash City
16 (Now the) Circus (is over)
Burn Trash City EP 2014

Band: Self Abuse
Title: unestablished since 1982
Release: 2019
Label: Mad Butcher Classics

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