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They were a [[Rock]] / [[Punk]] / [[Oi!]] band formed by Ian Stuart Donaldson out of Poulton-le-Fylde, England during 1976.
 
They were a [[Rock]] / [[Punk]] / [[Oi!]] band formed by Ian Stuart Donaldson out of Poulton-le-Fylde, England during 1976.
  
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Starting life as a non-political, non-racist band, Skrewdriver evolved into one of the most prominent White Nationalist bands in the world.
 
Starting life as a non-political, non-racist band, Skrewdriver evolved into one of the most prominent White Nationalist bands in the world.
  
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The original line-up parted company in January 1979 and Donaldson reformed the band with different musicians in 1982, this new version of the band played a leading role in the Rock Against Communism movement.
 
The original line-up parted company in January 1979 and Donaldson reformed the band with different musicians in 1982, this new version of the band played a leading role in the Rock Against Communism movement.
  
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Intro

They were a Rock / Punk / Oi! band formed by Ian Stuart Donaldson out of Poulton-le-Fylde, England during 1976.

Starting life as a non-political, non-racist band, Skrewdriver evolved into one of the most prominent White Nationalist bands in the world.

The original line-up parted company in January 1979 and Donaldson reformed the band with different musicians in 1982, this new version of the band played a leading role in the Rock Against Communism movement.

Info

Ian Stuart Donaldson, formerly of the cover band Tumbling Dice, formed Skrewdriver as a Punk band in Poulton-le-Fylde in 1976. At first, Skrewdriver sported a Punk appearance, but they later changed their image to a Skinhead look. In 1978, Donaldson moved to Manchester, where he recruited guitarist Glenn Jones and drummer Martin Smith. With Kevin MacKay on bass, this lineup toured extensively and built a strong following, but certain venues were reluctant to book the band because of their reputation as a violent Skinhead band. Performing largely for a Skinhead audience, the first versions of the band released one album and two singles on Chiswick Records. Skrewdriver briefly adopted a Rocker/Biker-influenced look around the time they released the EP Built Up Knocked Down (1979).

Donaldson resurrected the band name Skrewdriver in 1982 with a new band line-up. Although the original band had a minor reputation for attracting violence at their concerts (Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof was reportedly knocked unconscious by a friend of Donaldson who believed that Skrewdriver's sound had been sabotaged), they did not openly support any political ideology or organisation.

The reformed Skrewdriver eventually became openly supportive of far right white nationalist groups, after a lengthy period of publicly denying such support. The band released the single "White Power" in 1983 and their second album, Hail the New Dawn, in 1984. Although both Skrewdriver and the band Sham 69 had Skinhead followings and racist fans early in their careers, Sham 69 denounced racism and performed at Rock Against Racism concerts. Donaldson eventually aligned himself with neo-Nazism, saying: "I would describe myself as a British National Socialist, not a German one, and so don't think I'm at odds with British patriots." The band became associated with the National Front and British National Party, raising funds for them (and affiliated organisations) through the White Noise record label. They released records on Rock-O-Rama, a label that became known for far-right sympathies. Skrewdriver was instrumental in setting up Blood & Honour, a neo-Nazi music promotion network.

Some members of the original Skrewdriver line-up objected strongly to the new direction in which Donaldson took the band. Roger Armstrong of Chiswick Records said:

It is a shame that the name was dragged through the gutter like that. The other three guys in the band were really pissed off too. Grinny the drummer came from solid northern socialist stock... When they made records for us Ian Stuart showed no signs of fascism. The Skinhead image was a — maybe in hindsight misconceived — fashion thing. It was cooked up by a bunch of us, including the band's then-management and the photographer Peter Kodik.

However, John "Grinny" Grinton later stated in an interview that he had no problem with the new Skrewdriver, and that he became a member of the National Front along with Donaldson.

Donaldson died on 24 September 1993 following a car crash. His death catalyzed the demise of Skrewdriver, and had a strong impact in the white power rock scene. John "Grinny" Grinton died from cancer in June 2005.

Discography

Studio Albums List

1) All Skrewed Up (1977) (Chiswick) (later re-issued as The Early Years w. extra tracks)

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2) Hail the New Dawn (1984) (Rock-O-Rama)

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3) Blood & Honour (1985) (Rock-O-Rama)

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4) White Rider (1987) (Rock-O-Rama)

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5) After the Fire (1988) (Rock-O-Rama)

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6) Warlord (1989) (Rock-O-Rama)

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7) The Strong Survive (1990) (Rock-O-Rama)

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8) Freedom What Freedom (1992) (Rock-O-Rama)

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9) Hail Victory (1994) (Asgard Records - A division of Rock-O-Rama)

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10) Undercover (2007) (Collection of cover songs)

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Radio

Peel Session (1977) BBC Radio 1 (John Peel)

Live Albums

1) Live Marquee (1977)

2) We've Got the Power (1987) (Viking) (live) (reissued on CD w. bonus live & demo tracks)

3) Live and Kicking (1991) (Rock-O-Rama) (double album)

4) Live at Waterloo (1995) (ISD/White Terror) (recorded 12 Sept. 1992)

5) This One's for the Skinheads (live, recorded 23 April 1987)

6) The Last Gig in Germany (1996)

12" EPs

  1. Back with a Bang /I Don't Like You (1982) (SKREW1 label)
  2. Boots & Braces (1987) (previously released tracks) (Rock-O-Rama)
  3. Voice of Britain (1987) (previously released tracks) (Rock-O-Rama)

Singles

  1. "You're So Dumb" / "Better Off Crazy" (1977) (Chiswick)
  2. "Antisocial" / "Breakdown" (1977) (Chiswick)
  3. "Street Fight" / "Unbeliever" (1977) (Chiswick - recorded but not released)
  4. "Built Up, Knocked Down" / "Case of Pride" / "Breakout" (1979) (TJM label)
  5. "White Power" / "Smash the IRA" / "Shove the Dove" (1983) (White Noise)
  6. "Voice of Britain" / "Sick Society" (1984) (White Noise)
  7. "Invasion" / "On the Streets" (1984) (Rock-O-Rama)
  8. "After the Fire" / "Sweet Home Alabama" (1988) (Street Rock'n'Roll)
  9. "Land of Ice" / "Retaliate" (1988) (Street Rock'n'Roll)
  10. "Their Kingdom Will Fall" / "Simple Man" (1989) (Street Rock'n'Roll)
  11. "The Evil Crept In" / "Glory" (1989) (Street Rock'n'Roll)
  12. "The Showdown" / "Deep Inside" (1990) (White Pride Records)
  13. "You're So Dumb" / "The Only One" (1990) (Street Rock'n'Roll)
  14. "Streetfight" / "Where's It Gonna End" (1990) (Street Rock'n'Roll)
  15. "Stand Proud" / "Backstabber" (1991) (Street Rock'n'Roll)
  16. "Warzone" / "Shining Down" (1991) (Street Rock'n'Roll)

Members Name Check

Original Line-Up

  • Ian Stuart Donaldson - Vocals, guitar
  • Phil Walmsley - Guitar
  • Ron Hartley - Guitar
  • Kev McKay - Bass
  • John "Grinny" Grinton - Drums

Other Members

  • Mark Radcliffe
  • Glenn Jones
  • Martin Smith
  • Paul Swain
  • Murray (Ohms) Holme
  • Adam Douglas

External Links

www.skrewdriver.com

Skrewdriver at Punk 77.co.uk