Another band from Peterborough. Steven ‘Stel’ R. contributed their untitled first demo. I guess he was introduced to the band through his mate ‘Gizz’ Butt (‘English Dogs’, ‘WarDance’, ‘Sundance’ etc.). The band’s guitarist provided me their second tape (Still Smoking). Line-up was: Ian Tasker (guitar/vocals), Ross ‘Rennie’ Edgar (drums), Simon Lister (vocals) & Steve Cracknell (bass). Straightforward, thrashy hardcore…
‘Crack Babies’ formed in 1991 out of the remnants of their previous thrash band ‘Cruise Ducks‘, which consisted of Ian, Steve & Ross Ed. Tasker wanted to concentrate on just playing guitar and they wanted to sound more hardcore like bands they were into such as ‘Scream’, ‘Bad Brains’, ‘Fugazi’, ‘Gang Green’, etc. They scrapped all the old songs from the previous band, brought Simon, a friend of theirs, onto vocals and took of. Tasker and Ross were sharing a house at the time so set their equipment up in the front-room and practised continually writing a batch of new songs much to the annoyance of their neighbours.
From there they gigged locally around the Peterborough region bringing a new energy to their shows with Lister’s boundless style as frontman. They gigged wherever they could supporting bands such as ‘UK Subs’, ‘Oi Polloi’, etc.
They recorded their self-titled 1st demo in March 1992 consisting of 9 songs recorded on a friend’s 4-track, which lead them to doing a couple of gigs on the continent. One in Ghent, Belgium and then playing in Amsterdam with ‘Jawbreaker’. They continued gigging through 1992 and then early 1993 Steve Cracknell left. A friend, Luke Day filled in briefly on bass and the band decided to go into the studio in May to record a 4-track demo (called Still Smoking), where their style was more experimental, away from just hardcore. Luke’s stay was brief, and another friend Stuart West joined on bass.
New Year 1993 was Tasker’s final gig as he’d decided to go travelling. A replacement was found in Lloyd Metselaar and they continued gigging through 1994 until the last gig on August 13th 1994 as Stuart left to concentrate playing with the ‘English Dogs’…