City Ipswich, Suffolk
Years active 1975–
The Adicts are an English punk rock band that formed in Ipswich, Suffolk in 1975. The band is known for their distinctive image, which features eccentric clothing, makeup, and bright colors, as well as their energetic live performances.
The original lineup of the band included lead vocalist Keith "Monkey" Warren, guitarist Pete "Pete Dee" Davison, bassist Mel Ellis, and drummer Michael "Kid Dee" Davison. The band's early music drew from a variety of influences, including glam rock and early punk, and they quickly gained a following in the UK punk scene.
In 1980, The Adicts signed with Razor Records and released their debut album, "Songs of Praise." The album featured some of the band's most popular tracks, including "Viva La Revolution" and "Joker in the Pack." The Adicts continued to tour extensively throughout the UK and Europe, building a loyal fan base.
Over the next few years, The Adicts released a number of other albums and singles, including "Sound of Music" (1982) and "Fifth Overture" (1986). Their music during this period continued to incorporate a range of influences, from punk to ska to new wave.
In the late 1980s, The Adicts briefly disbanded, but reformed in the early 1990s with a new lineup that included guitarists Dan "Fiddle" Graziani and John Carruthers, as well as bassist Matt "Spider" Harris. The band released a number of new albums during this period, including "Rise and Shine" (2002) and "Life Goes On" (2009).
Throughout their career, The Adicts have been known for their theatrical live shows, which often feature elaborate costumes, props, and stage effects. They have also remained committed to their punk roots, with lyrics that often address political and social issues.
Today, The Adicts continue to tour and record new music, with Warren, Pete Dee, and Kid Dee still in the band's lineup. Despite lineup changes over the years, The Adicts have maintained their unique sound and style, and remain a beloved band in the punk rock community.