|Years active 1980–2007|
Genres new wave/post-punk, Pop
|Record label SOS Records|
|Labels No Future RecordsBlitz RecordsSOS Records|
Past members Carl FisherNidge MillerCharlie HoweNeil McLennanShawn AttackJeff the FallmanPaul LilleyNeil HufferdineSteve CastWayne ThomasBryan ScorchMatt Renicks
Origin New Mills, United Kingdom (1980)
Albums Second Empire Justice, Best of Blitz
Members Nidge Miller, Charlie Howe, Carl Fisher, Neil McLennan, Tim Harris, Gary Basnett
Similar The Partisans, Red Alert, HD, Dice, Cockney Rejects
Blitz was a street punk/Oi! band from New Mills, Derbyshire, England. They had success in the United Kingdom indie charts in the early 1980s. With both punk and skinhead members, they were enthusiastically championed by Sounds magazine writer Garry Bushell. Inspired by the growing Oi! scene, they had sent him their demo tape early in 1981. Bushell was impressed enough to put two of their tracks on that year's Carry On Oi compilation, Nation On Fire and Youth. He helped them secure a deal with the record label No Future. When the band slept at his family home on the Ferrier estate in Kidbrooke, a rough south east London council estate, he recalls them being "freaked out by being in a real concrete jungle" (Bushell On The Rampage). guitarist Alan "Nidge" Miller would later go on to denounce Bushell, but they reconciled before his death. The band signed to No Future in 1981, and their first release was the 7" EP All Out Attack. Their debut album Voice of a Generation received a five star review from Bushell in Sounds.
- Partial discography
- Singles & EPs
- Music Videos
- Appearances on compilations
Several years after the original Blitz lineup split, guitarist Miller recruited new members including Paul Lilley on drums and performed concerts under the Blitz moniker. On 10 February 2007, Miller was struck by a car and died on impact after walking onto a freeway after a show in Austin, Texas. In 2011, bassist Neil "Mackie" McLennan moved to guitar and formed the band Epic Problem, based in New Mills. They have released a couple of EPs and an album. Epic Problem have videos on YouTube.
Chart placings shown from the UK Indie Chart.
Singles & EPs
Appearances on compilations
The Killing DreamThe Killing Dream · 1989
Voice Of A GenerationVoice of a Generation · 1982
Someone's Gonna Die Tonight2007