Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

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Striving To Survive

Formed in 1981, Flux - as they later became known - were contemporaries of Crass and synonymous with the strict vegan, anti-capitalism, anti-Thatcher anarcho-punk scene of the time.

Flux Of Pink Indians were probably one of the most ignored punk bands in history. They released countless albums during the 1980s and were hugely responsible for the continuation and growth of hardcore punk, yet receive nearly no recognition. Strive to Survive was their first full length and stands as the most accurate portrayal of this weirdly intriguing band.
Their name most likely turned off legions of punk followers, because it just sounds nothing like a punk band's name. Despite that, this band was probably more punk than half the bands they shared their scene with in England during the 1980s.
Seconds into Strive to Survive you'll notice striking similarities to numerous bands, most of which came after this group had already disbanded making Strive to Survive a pretty interesting listen.
All of the tracks on this album are classic examples of 80's punk rock, so it's hard to pick the best. "T.V. Dinners" is as great a march song as they come, however, and "Charity Hilarity" stands out as being one of the best tracks this band has to offer. The rest of the album really rings of the same tune, but that was okay during punk's heyday because it never sounded rehashed or forced. Even if it was forced, the band did a great job of concealing it and Strive to Survive is one of the 15 best punk albums of all time because of that.

This release is a compilation of Strive To Survive and the debut EP Neu Smell.
The track listing on the CD is incorrect, the correct listing is presented here.

Ripped from a crusty 1989 CD compilation to bog standard MP3 @ 320kbps

Flux Of Pink Indians; Strive To Survive/Neu Smell

1.     Song For Them
2.     Charity Hilarity
3.     Some Of Us Scream, Some Of Us Shout
4.     Take Heed
5.     TV Dinners
6.     Tapioca Sunrise
7.     Progress
8.     They Lie We Die
9.     Blinded By Science
10. Myxomatosis
11.Is There Anybody There?
12.The Fun Is Over
13.Sick Butchers#
14.Background Of Malfunction#
15. Neu Smell#
16.Tube Disasters#
17.Poem End#


  1. -= Martin L. Gore =-23 September 2016 at 14:25

    oh man, this is sooooo goood!!!

    I'm a huge fan of CRASS and other related bands from that era (Conflict, etc.), so this is truly awesome!

    This is exactly what makes this blog so great! Can't find this stuff anywhere else.

    Keep it up!