Citizan Fish: Dancing With Spikes – album review

Citizen Fish – Dancing on Spikes  (Bluurg / Active)
6 song CD, 20 minutes of positive angry ska-punk £5.50/€8/$14 postpaid

Tracklisting; Unemplode / HD Riot / Beyond Belief / Over / Write It All Down / It Can’t Go On Forever

Sister-band to the Subhumans made up of Dick Lucas, Jasper and Co, the Fish have always been the ska-punk politicos you can drink and dance to. The contradiction being that it becomes a fun night out listening to them moan about the media, government and public apathy and so on.

Dick’s lyrics are always pretty spot on with some clever wordplay and passionate delivery but do cover the same old ground time and again.

Musically there’s always a lot of energy, tight dynamics and tunes that are as good as prime Two-Tone only with a bit more ”Ëœlectric guitar. The brass section on here is particularly magnificent. It Can’t Go On Forever is a great ska-knees up with Do-the-Hucklebuck drumming and a nice bit of accordian.

At their best Citizen Fish sound like a drunken Madness playing the soundtrack to a Tom and Jerry chase sequence whilst a nutter from Speaker’s Corner rants about consumerism over the top (which believe it or not is meant as a compliment!)

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


  1. I got this after reading this review (I was considering it anyway) and think it is a very good ‘album’. Strong lyrics (not all which I agree with) and catchy tunes. Definitely reccomended.


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