Fuzznation (1994-1995)

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Music City (a rehearsal & recording complex in Deptford) became the operation centre for The Deptford Urban Free Festival in 1994. Pete Davis & Craig High ended up doing voluntary work there. They quickly formed Fuzz Nation Lemmings (soon to be shortened to Fuzznation) with Jim Woodward (Music City's founder) on keyboards, drum programs, samples & vocals. Other members included Mel Graham on vocals (close friend of Genesis & Paula P. Orridge from Psychic TV), Steve Franklin on guitar, DJ Toneeee as scratch mixmaster (a one time member of The Tribal Energy Soundsystem), Wayne on drums & Jono on bass. Craig sung, played clarinet, recorder, melodica, tin whistle, harmonica & percussion.

Video - track recorded at Music City New Cross, 5 Jul 1994:
The Storm


Fuzznation
Fuzznation

Their debut gig (at the end of 1993 under the name F.N.L.) was at the opening of Goldsmith's Tavern in Deptford as a regular live venue with free entry. They then gigged regularly for the best part of two years. They organised & played at an all-dayer at Goldsmith's College with Back To The Planet, The Sea & The Brain of Morbius amongst others. They played The South East London Musician's Collective Marquee at The Deptford Urban Free Festival in 1994. They played at The Telegraph Hill Free Festival & The Forest Fayre in Wales in the same year. The Forest Fayre brought such bands as Zion Train, Tribal Drift, Ultramarine, Harold Juana & The Dust Brothers to the fore. The Conscious Collective had booked them & this signalled the beginning of a cultural collaboration that drew many South East London strands together. They also played at an all-nighter on an outdoor stage at Sanford co-op in Deptford. Another all-nighter in a marquee in Welshpool crystallized their role as a mainly festival band.

More Fuzznation
More Fuzznation

Some of the indoor venues they played included The Round The Bend in Deptford, The Lewisham Labour Club (which New Labour shut down & sold off when it came to power in 1997), The Amersham Arms in Deptford & Music City itself.

Fuzznation's music was a fusion of Punk, Soul, Acid Techno, Folk, Dub & Space Rock with an element of Rap running through everything. One demo & a stack of gig & rehearsal tapes survive.

The two photos are from The Deptford Urban Free Festival (antimatter pic) taken by Pam & Norman High & The Forest Fayre taken by Karen Robinson. The band's lyrics were written by Craig High, Mel & Jim.

The line-up stayed the same throughout with the exception of Pete Davis who went to India with his partner Kirsty just before The Forest Fayre gig.

Fuzznation at Music City 1994
Fuzznation at Music City 1994

Some of the other bands who shared the same line-up as Fuzznation have included Gardez Leau, The Co Creators, Ponophobia, Impossible Stress Factor, Conch, Mark Is, The Tripping Kittens, Senser, Sunjam, Ship of Fools & Scarfo.

Anti-Criminal Justice Bill Soiree
Anti-Criminal Justice Bill Soiree
 
Craig Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
Craig Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
 
DJ Toneeee and Jono Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
DJ Toneeee and Jono Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
 
Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
 
Fuzznation at Music City 1994
Fuzznation at Music City 1994
 
Jim Fuzz at Goldsmiths College 1994
Jim Fuzz at Goldsmiths College 1994
 
Jim Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
Jim Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
 
Mel Fuzz at Goldsmiths College 1994
Mel Fuzz at Goldsmiths College 1994
 
Mel Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
Mel Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
 
Mel and Craig Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
Mel and Craig Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
 
Pete and Mel Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
Pete and Mel Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
 
The Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
The Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
 
Wayne Fuzznation
Wayne Fuzznation
 
Wayne and Craig Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
Wayne and Craig Fuzznation at Goldsmiths College 1994
 


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