Fat Axl

by Silverfish

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1993 album by the doyens of the Camden Lurch scene. Vocalist Leslie Rankin later went on to quieter things with Ruby.

Silverfish were a UK-based indie rock band, which formed in the late 1980s, and first performed in Camden in 1988. The band split up in 1993. Their female lead singer was Scottish-born Lesley Rankine. The band had a high octane, indie punk metal sound that was set alight by Rankine's distinctive vocals and strongly feminist views.Famous lyrics "Hips, Tits, Lips, Power" adorned a popular T-shirt of the time. The other members of the band were; guitarist Andrew "Fuzz" Duprey; bassist Chris P Mowforth; and drummer Stuart Watson. The band stood out from many of their scene-contemporaries with a lineup that was mixed in terms of both gender and ethnicity and a setlist that was more liberally strewn with expletives than that of anyone else. Silverfish were the main focus of the so-called Camden lurch scene, a term invented by the music press to describe the fact that many of the prominent indie bands (outside of the dominant indie dance and shoegazing scenes) of the time resided in Camden, and that they lurched. Or maybe it was to describe how the fans of the music "danced" at gigs.

During the broadcast of a Peel session, BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel summed up their level of success: "If they were from New York, we'd be mad for them of course."


released June 1, 1990

Recorded at Axis Studios, Sheffield; Mixed at Southern Studios, London. September 1990.


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