Rancid Hell Spawn are a punk band, originally active between 1988 and 1995, making a return in 2011. Based in London, the band released five albums and six extended plays. Rancid Hell Spawn also provided two songs for the soundtrack of Dennis Worden's Stickboy music video in 1993. Their music is characterized by a distinctive noisy and distorted sound, featuring a Casio organ and large amounts of feedback. The majority of Rancid Hell Spawn songs are short, high-speed punk burnouts with melodies hidden beneath the feedback. Steven Wells of New Musical Express described it as "listening to Eddie Cochran while wearing a chemical warfare suit full of angry wasps."

The band was fronted by Charlie Chainsaw, former editor of Chainsaw which started in 1977 and continued until 1984. Charlie Chainsaw remains active in the London punk scene, running the Wrench Records record label and mail order company. Rancid Hell Spawn reformed in 2011, releasing an EP Abolition of the Orgasm in December 2011 and Eat My Cigarette in 2016.

Links to Peel

John rather suspected that the band only got together, thought up a weird name and gave their debut release a controversial title just to see if he would play their records. It subsequently emerged that this was not just a one-off, and also provided a useful link with a story about Simon Bates on one occasion.

JP no doubt admired not only the band's original sound as described above, but their underground nature: no pictures of the band or videos of them performing can be found. Scalpel Party was an interim compilation released in 2001: Peel naturally investigated the contents.

Festive Fifty Entries

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    RANCID HELL SPAWN "Rebel With A Bus Pass"

    RANCID HELL SPAWN "Rebel With A Bus Pass"


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Other Shows Played

  • 24 October 1988: 'Festering Pus (7")' (Wrench)
  • 01 November 1988 (Radio Bremen): 'Festering Pus (7")' (Wrench) (JP: 'Frankly, I'm not sure about this....I rather suspect they're teasing an old man.')
  • 26 July 1989: 'Football Special To Grimsby (LP-Jumpin' Jack Flesh)' (Wrench) (JP: 'Every once in a while, I'm inclined to think people get together to make a record, let's make a hellish record and see whether old fatso will play it. The answer of course is yes.')
  • 03 August 1989: 'Sixteen Cans Of Stella (LP-Jumpin' Jack Flesh)' (Wrench)

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