Flux Of Pink Indians were an anarcho-punk/post punk band that originated from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
2.1 Original lineup
2.2 Later members
3.1 The Licks
3.2 The Epileptics
3.3 Flux Of Pink Indians
5 External links
Flux of Pink Indians performing live at Digbeth Civic Hall, Birmingham, 1981
The band formed from the remaining members of the Epileptics (who later changed their name to Epi-X due to letters of complaint from The British Epilepsy Association) by Colin Latter (vocals) and Derek Birkett (bass guitar) with guitarists Andy Smith, Neil Puncher, and drummer Sid Ation (who was also a member of Rubella Ballet). Their debut EP "Neu Smell" was released on Crass Records in 1981. This included songs promoting vegetarianism and anti-war ideas, as well as "Tube Disasters", which featured a vein of black humour that was unusual amongst their peers.
Sid departed FOPI to work full time with his other band Rubella Ballet, and was soon replaced by Bambi, formerly of Discharge, while Andy was replaced by Simon Middlehurst. However, both departed quickly for their original band, The Insane. While auditioning for their replacements, Neil also left, and the line up was completed by old Epileptics guitarist Kevin Hunter and drummer Martin Wilson. The Indian's debut album, Strive to Survive Causing the Least Suffering Possible, confirmed the promise of the EP, and premiered the band's own Spiderleg label. Alongside the more conventional punk songs were a number of highly perceptive attacks on consumer society. The anti-religious "Is Anybody There" was a particularly effective example, using simple but jarring lyrics to emphasize its point.
Flux performing material from Uncarved Block, University of London, 1986 (final performance)
The band's second LP, The Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks, was banned by retailers HMV, and copies were seized by Greater Manchester police from Eastern Bloc record shop, which was charged with displaying "Obscene Articles For Publication For Gain". The album concerned violence between men and women, based on the experiences of a band member who had been sexually assaulted.
By 1986 the band had shortened their name to Flux and released their third album Uncarved Block. This featured more philosophical lyrics, largely inspired by influences such as Zen Buddhism and Benjamin Hoff's book The Tao of Pooh, coupled to percussion-heavy dance and funk based rhythms. Produced by Adrian Sherwood, and featuring several members of the On-U Sound Records label.
Birkett, making use of his experiences with Spiderleg, has gone on to set up the highly successful One Little Indian Records, and still uses the Flux title for occasional projects. Latter went on to form the dance-influenced Hotalacio and was joined by drummer Martin and guitarist Simon.
 Original lineup
Colin Latter (vocals)
Derek Birkett (bass guitar)
Andy Smith (guitar)
Neil Puncher (guitar)
Sid Ation (drums)
 Later members
Dave "Bambi" Ellesmere (drums)
Simon Middlehurst (guitar)
Kevin Hunter (guitar)
Martin Wilson (drums)
Louise Bell (guitar)
Tim Kelly (guitar)
(chart placings shown are from the UK independent chart unless stated otherwise)
 The Licks
1970's E.P. (1979, Stortbeat Records, 7", BEAT8)
 The Epileptics
Last Bus To Debden EP (1981, Spiderleg, 7", SDL2) #17
1970's E.P. (1982, Spiderleg, 7", SDL1) (rerecording of The Licks EP with Penny Rimbaud of Crass on drums) #21
 Flux Of Pink Indians
Neu Smell EP (1981, Crass Records, 7", 321984-2) #2
Strive to Survive Causing the Least Suffering Possible (1983, Spiderleg Records, LP, SDL8) #1 (UK album chart #79)(reissued 1987 on One Little Indian)
The Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks (1984, Spiderleg Records, DLP, SDL13) #2 (reissued 1987 on One Little Indian)
Neu Smell EP (1987, One Little Indian, 12", 12TPEP1) #30 (this release credited to Flux)
LiveStatement (2002, Overground Records, LP/CD)
Fits and Starts (2003, Dr. Strange Records, CD)
Taking a Liberty EP (1985, Spiderleg Records, 7", SDL16) #5
Uncarved Block (1987, One Little Indian Records, LP, TP1) #16
"Vision" (1987, One Little Indian, 12", 12TP9)
Not So Brave (1997, Overground, LP/CD, OVER67/OVER67CD)
^ Lazell, Barry:"Indie Hits 1980-1989", 1997, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4
 External links
Flux of Pink Indians on the AllMusic Guide
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