Origin: Queens Road, London, England
Genre: Oi!, punk pathetique
Years active: 1978–present
Past members Ronny Rocka
Chrissie (Baby Greensleeves)
Desert Island Joe Slythe
Pat Thetic Noble
“Simon Templer” / “Michael Booth’s Talking Bum” / “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please” (Deram) – 1980 – UK Number 7
“Two Little Boys” / “Horse” / “Sox” / “Butterfly” (Deram) – 1980 – UK Number 26
“Cowpunk Medlum” / “Brown Paper” / “Have You Got a Light Boy?” / “Morning Milky” (Deram) – 1981 – UK Number 69
Splodgenessabounds (Deram) – 1981
In Search of the Seven Golden Gussets (Razor Records) – 1982 (as Splodge)
Nightmare On Rude Street (Receiver) – 1991
I Don’t Know – 2000
The Artful Splodger – 2001
Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please (Secret Records) – 2005
Splodgenessabounds are an English punk rock band formed in Queens Road, Peckham, South London. The band is associated with the Oi! and punk pathetique genres. Their frontman is Max Splodge.
The band was formed over a cab office called Baron Cars in Queens Road, Peckham.
The band were originally fronted by Max Splodge and his girlfriend of the time, who was known as Baby Greensleeves. The band won a recording contract with Deram Records after finishing runner-up in the 1979 Battle Of The Bands contest, even though Deram was planning to cease all activities in the music markets outside of classical music. The band’s first release for Deram in 1980 was “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please”. The song was released as a triple A side vinyl single, along with “Simon Templer” (a pastiche of the theme tune of the TV series, Return of the Saint featuring the character Simon Templar) and “Michael Booth’s Talking Bum”.
“Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please” was the only song from that release that picked up any airplay, first from John Peel on his BBC Radio 1 show, and later on daytime radio as a novelty song. The song peaked at No. 7 in the UK Singles Chart in June 1980, however the band members were unable to capitalise on their success by appearing on Top of the Pops, because the show was off the air due to strike action at the BBC Television.
The follow-up to “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please” was a cover version of “Two Little Boys” (a live version that appeared in the soundtrack to the 1981 film, Urgh! A Music War). It was another triple A-side, with “Horse” and “The Butterfly Song”. The band then performed on Top of the Pops, but the single only reached No. 26 in September 1980. Their eponymous debut album (released in January 1981 when the band was on hiatus) failed to chart.
In the band’s early days, they were noted for playing pranks. These included leaving Splodge stranded on top of a set of speakers for an entire set; supporting themselves when the support band failed to show by playing the wrong instruments badly at deafening volume levels; and a stunt where Splodge was rumoured to be held in Maidstone Prison and came on stage handcuffed to a prison officer. Splodgenessabounds’ stage show sometimes went to carnivalesque extremes. Police were frequenting their concerts, due to unsubstantiated reports of public nudity and “farting on demand” during renditions of “Michael Booth’s Talking Bum”, and “Blown Away Like a Fart in a Thunderstorm”, during which “Max gets a blowjob onstage from his female singing partner”.
The group often made humorously grandiose press release claims, such as that their debut album would be a triple, including a side of “old material transcribed from their own cassettes, coupled with their ‘Pathetic Movements Manifesto’, and including a free Christmas tree with every copy.
Splodge got back into the studio – having lost the rest of his band in 1980 – with help from the Heavy Metal Kids, whose lead singer and guitarist Gary Holton was a friend of Splodge and sometime member of Splodgenessabounds. Their single “Cowpunk Medlum” (a medley of the theme song of the Western film High Noon and the TV series Bonanza) reached No. 69 in June 1981, but after this, Deram terminated the band’s recording contract. Nevertheless, the new Splodgenessabounds (temporarily shortened to Splodge for legal reasons) released a follow-up single, “Mouth and Trousers”, along with the album In Search of the Seven Golden Gussets on the independent Razor Records. Despite the single getting good airplay and favourable reviews (being a ska song rather than their usual punk style), without the backing of Deram Records, it became the first Splodgenessabounds single to fail to chart.
A new album, A Nightmare on Rude Street was recorded in 1991, but sales and reviews were poor. Splodge continued the band with various line-ups also pursuing his career as an actor and bingo caller, as well as playing with Angelic Upstarts.
In 1999, after going for a DNA blood test, Splodge discovered he was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. Splodge penned five songs: “Genghis Khan”, “Lulluby of Mongolia”, “These Are the Things That Make the Mongols So Great”, “Too Mongolia” and “Mongols on the Streets of London” (written with Mat Sargent of Sham 69).
Two subsequent albums I Don’t Know (2000) and The Artful Splodger (2001) recorded and produced by Dave Goodman, were released by Captain Oi! Records. The albums sold well and the band did two UK and European tours, and also appeared in Canada and the United States.
A live show in Brighton was released on DVD in 2005 and featured Motörhead guitarist Würzel who often guested with Splodge, and also a joint single with John Otway, “No Offence – None Taken”, (available for download only).
In 2006, the band appeared on Harry Hill’s TV Burp, after being featured on Rock School with Gene Simmons. Splodgenessabounds performed at the end of the show, accompanied by Hill dressed as “The Demon”, Gene Simmons.
In 2008, Splodge recorded a new song; “You’ve Been Splodged”, this was released on an Oi compilation album.
In 2012, Splodge recorded a Christmas song that appeared on a punk compilation album called Cashing In On Christmas, which was released on Black Hole Records.
Splodge can still be found touring with Bad Manners and, in 2013, it was announced that Splodgenessabounds would play the Rebellion Festival for the 19th time since the Festival started in 1996 as Holidays In The Sun (HITS).