Cyanide Pills: Top Ten Punk Rock No-Hit WondersCyanide Pills choose their Top Ten Punk Rock No-Hit Wonders.

Damaged Goods recording artistes Cyanide Pills are from Leeds and specialise in the dayglo-punk power-pop end of the new wave, taking their inspirations from 1977 bands like the Boys, Neon Hearts and the Vibrators rather than the Pistols’n’Clash. Their second album Still Bored is out now. We asked them for a Punk Rock Top Ten.

Here’s how they introduced it:

“Rather than pick our ten favourite songs of All-Time we quite liked your  “also ran, no hit wonder’s” angle, so we had a fun time putting our list together.”

“Some may sneer at some of our choices as third rate or even novelty, but we like them.”

“There has been much intellectualizing of punk over the years, so many books! Revolution! Year zero! and all that, but spare a thought for the bands who picked up a guitar for no other reason than to have fun and never for one minute took themselves too seriously, a reaction perhaps to just how seriously musicians and the music industry took itself before this stuff came along.”

10. Satan’s Rats: Who stole my skateboard?

Skateboards probably cost a fortune back then!


9. The Haskels: Taking the city by storm

We love songs about alien invaders swooping down and destroying your city, this is one of the best.


8. The Kids: This is rock n roll

Their self-titled album is one of the greatest records ever made. The best thing to come out of Belgium and we are including chocolate in that statement.


7.Knots : Heartbreaker.

The flip side Action is great as well.


6. Leyton Buzzards : 19 and mad.

We recently got a terrible review on traxmarx, Go check it out, it’s well written and quite entertaining. He mentions The Leyton Buzzards so we had to dust off a few records, although quite varied in their output we prefer the faster stuff. We spent hours thumbing through our ornithology books but we could only find the Common Buzzard, the Leyton must be extinct!


5. The A.D.s: Living Downtown.

We have a mate called A.D. that’s why we picked it up. Glad we did Just for the opening line “ I’m a cement cat”


4. The Bags: We will bury you.

Part of The Germs scene these women made a great noise, wore bags on their heads and got up to all sorts of shenanigans. Luckily they were based in L.A. in the 70’s and not Putin’s Russia today. Apparently he’s not keen on that sort of thing.


3. Blue Shoes: We’re not punk.
Quite right, they are not punk, they are Power Pop, check out Someone like you for the best intro to any song we have heard. Sticking with shoes…..


2. The Briefs: New shoes.

The Briefs seemed incapable of writing a bad song. Many tunes have been written about shoes, take Elvis for example he had a pair in Blue suede, however he failed to tell us how old and in what condition they were. Not so The Briefs their shoes were new, BRAND NEW.


1.The Boys: I don’t care.

The Boys are huge, everywhere we go, young and old love The Boys, we have been compared to them, which is flattering. A band who at the time seemed to miss the boat (or gravy train) due to mis-management, record company crap.

“Never had a hope. Never had a chance, but it’s aaalllrrriiiiggghht!” sums it up really.


Just 10 ! aaarrrgghh we are now onto the Stukas, Carpettes, Wipers, Giuda, The Tours, Mean Jeans, Radio stars, Johnny and the self abusers…. the tip of a fucking ice-berg!


The Cyanide Pills.

Cyanide Pills released their second album, Still Bored on Damaged Goods (CD/LP/Download) on 8th April 2013

Buy it here and check out their official website

They play the following dates;

18th April – Liverpool, Mello Mello
19th April – London, Rattlesnake
20th April – Derby, Hairy Dog
21st April – Ipswich, Railway (afternoon show)
13th May – Berlin, SO36 (with The Adicts)
14th May – Munich, Ferwerk (with The Adicts)
15th May – Frankfurt, Badshkap (with The Adicts)
16th May – Prague, Futurum (with The Adicts)
17th May – Erfurt, Cafe Tikolor
1st June – Leeds, Brudenell (with Subway Sect)

Cyanide Pills were talking to Ged Babey. More of Ged’s feature’s & reviews on Louder Than War can be found here.

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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. Great choices guys! How about some USA gigs from the ‘Pills, or at least NYC? Pretty please? I’ll buy one each of all yer merch, promise!

  2. Someone else remembers The Tours!! Actually dug out Language School to play on our vinyl only radio show on Saturday, check out Hall of Sound on FB, not the Dutch one but the one with the green house logo.

  3. Brilliant selection. Thought I’d heard every decent punk song out there, but there are clearly still a few gems waiting to be found.

  4. Great selection, and the Cyanide Pills cover is a great homage to X-Ray Spex’s Germ Free Adolescents; the archetypal day-glo punk band – and for me one of the greatest punk albums of all time.


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