Compiled by Paul RabJohn
Early Period 1979 – 1983
The Split SinglePlastic Records Plas 001
2 tracks by UK Decay, “UK Decay” /”Car Crash”
2 tracks by Pneumania, “Exhibition” / “Coming Attack”
Released Spring 1979
The Split Single – view digital scan
Notes ; UK Decays first release. Line-up was Abbo (guitar and vocals) , Segovia (bass) and Steve Harle (drums). Pneumania featured Spon on guitar , who then joined UK Decay for all subsequent releases. DIY production , 7 inch EP with hand stamped labels and stapled sleeve. Roughly 1000 made.
The Black 45 EP – View digital scanPlastic Records Plas 002
•The Black Cat
•Middle of the Road Man
Released Jan 1980
The Black 45
Notes ; 4 track 7 inch EP in wraparound sleeve
For My Country / Unwind- View digital scanFresh Records 7 inch Fresh 12
Later re-issued on UK Decay Records DK3
Released Aug 1980
For My Country/Unwind
Notes ; 7 inch single in wraparound sleeve. Also available as a Portuguese (!) import in a standard picture sleeve on Rossil Records (RISS 8114)
Unexpected Guest / Dresden – View digital scanFresh Records 7” Fresh 26
Later re-issued on UK Decay Records DK4
Released Feb 1981
Unexpected Guest / Dresden
Notes ; 7 inch single in wraparound sleeve. Unexpected Guest is a different version to the album track. Last release to feature Martyn Segovia Smith. A 12 inch version was advertised in the press, but was never actually pressed.
Sexual / Twist in the Tale – View digital scanFresh Records 7 inch Fresh 33
Released Oct 1981
Sexual/Twist in the Tale
Notes; 7 inch single in wraparound sleeve. Sexual is the LP version. Eddie Twiggy Branch on bass for this and all subsequent releases.
For Madmen Only LP – View digital scanFresh Records vinyl 12″ Fresh LP5 and UK Decay Records DKLP1
•Battle of the Elements
•Last in the House of Flames
•For Madmen Only
Released Nov 1981
For Madmen Only
Notes ; Released October 1981 in gatefold sleeve.
Later re-issued on UK Decay Records DKLP1. 2 bassists played on the various recording sessions , firstly Creeton Chaos (of US act Social Unrest, who stood in on bass for a US and UK tour spring 81) and then Twiggy. There is also a Japanese version with a Japanese lyric insert (!).on VAP records.
Rising from the Dread EP – View digital scanVinyl 12″ on Corpus Christi Records Christ ITS 1
•Jerusalem Over (The White Cliffs of Dover)
•Rising from the Dead
Released August 1982.
Rising From the Dread
Notes ; 12 inch EP with lyric insert. Corpus Christi was a division of Crass Records.
A Night for Celebration – View digital scanUK Decay Records DK6
Tracks Side A:
•Unwind •Werewolf •Dresden •Barbarian •Barbarians •Sexual •Stage Struck •Rising From The Dead •Twist In The Tale
•Unexpected Guest •Testament •Black Cat •UK Decay •For My Country •Unwind
Released July 1983
A Night for Celebration
Notes; Official live cassette UK Decay Records DK6. Recorded at Hammersmith Klub Foot on 30 December 1982, the final UK Decay gig.
Other Recordings ;
UK Decay recorded 2 Peel Sessions for the BBC , details as follows ;
Session 1 ; (recorded 22.4.80)
For My Country / Unwind Tonight / Sexual / Rising From The Dead
Session 2 ; (recorded 22.7.81)
Stagestruck / Duel / Last in the House of Flames / Glass Ice
Notes ; Unwind Tonight and Glass Ice were later re-named Unwind and Shattered on the Fresh releases. These are widely bootlegged but never officially released.
Appearances on Compilations;
The only otherwise unavailable UK Decay track on a compilation from the early period is an alternate version of For My Country on the Rough Trade Post Punk 01 compilation.
Various other tracks have appeared on compilations over the years, in the 80s there was Unwind on A Fresh Selection and For My Country on Punk and Disorderly. In the 90s a number of Goth compilations have appeared with various UK Decay and In Excelsis tracks , these seem to be cash-ins that I cant be bothered to publicise.
Note; See here for ‘Monokroms’ Compilation listings Monokroms Compilation Listings
After UK Decay split , there were 2 low-key appearances on compilation albums by Abbo/Twiggy/Steve Harle prior to forming Furyo. Slave Drive by Slave Drive on The Whip and Meat of Youth by Meat of Youth on the Batcave album. I will include full details of these in the Furyo discography , but just to say the track Slave Drive is credited to UK Decay on the CD re-issue of The Whip, which is a bit cheeky and untrue.
Contemporary releases from the early period recordings
Death So Fatal CD compilation –Yak Records – DKCD1, CD Album
A collection of early singles, Peel Sessions and rare tracks by UK Decay.
Tracks: UK Decay (From 1979 “Split Single”), Christian Disguise(1979 Demo), Sexual (Peel Session), Rising From The Dread (Peel Session), Carcrash (Live), Portrait (Live), The Black Cat (Live), Duel (Peel Session), Stagestruck (Peel Session), Last In The House Of Flames (Peel Session), Dorian (From “For Madmen Only”), For My Country 92, Twist In The Tale 92, Barbarian (2004 Remix) Remix – Spon.
For Madmen Only 2009 CD Album –UK Decay Records – UKDEC001
For Madmen Only – Extended version – UK Decay’s classic album augmented with singles and the Rising From The Dread EP.
Tracks: Werewolf, Jerusalem Over (The White Cliffs Of Dover), Rising From The Dead, Testament, Duel, Battle Of The Elements, Shattered, Stage Struck, Last In The House Of Flames, Unexpected Guest, Sexual, Dorian, Decadence, Mayday Malady, For Madmen Only, Barbarian, Black Cat, Unwind, For My Country.
Later Period UK Decay
Recent period recordings and releases 2012 – present
Killer and Heavy Metal Jews –UK Decay Records – ukdecs003 – 7″ vinyl single
500 copies only on white coloured vinyl. UK Decay’s first single release in 30 years. A taster for the forthcoming album ‘new hope for the dead’. Produced by Grammy award nominated legendary Chris Tsangarides.
Released March 2013.
New Hope For The Dead –Rainbow City Records, UK Decay Records LP 1606, UKDECLP 002, 12″ Album (EU) Rainbow City Records, UK Decay Records LP 1606, UKDECCD 002, CD Album (EU) Metropolis Records #MTP 887 (USA), CD Album
The long awaited comeback album of brand new material from UK Decay. Recorded by Grammy award nominated legendary Chris Tsangarides in 2012.
Tracks: Shake ‘Em Up, Heavy Metal Jews, Next Generation, Killer, This City Is A Cage, Woman With A Black Heart, Revolutionary Love Song, Shout, All The Faces In History, I Feel Good, Drink.
Released (UK – EU) May 2013, (USA) September 2013.
For Compilations of the early period material, please visit Monokroms list page here