Psycho's Mum (1986-1991)

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Psycho's Mum

Formed out of the ashes of the Glampunk band Sexagisma Psycho's Mum kicked off in 1986 with founder members Mark (Buffalo) Carter, Vince Carter & Jem Soar enlisting the wailing skills of Craig High at Woodwarf Studios in Greenwich while artist Dave Eyre showed an exhibition of his & Jem's work upstairs in a gallery.

Videos:
Farewell Gig 20 12 1990 at the Tramshed
I Don't Remember at The Trocadero
Out of Date with The Bevis Frond & The Flyte Reaction
Eyes in the back of my head with The Bevis Frond & The Flyte Reaction
Peak at The Tramshed
Johanna May at The Tramshed
Speed City at The Tramshed
Burger Rush Baby at The Royal Albert in Deptford


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Psycho's Mum
  A Sibilant Sin (1989)


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A Sibilant Sin Lyric Sheet
A Sibilant Sin Lyrics
The Ptolemaic Terrascope
The Ptolemaic Terrascope
 


Mick Cronin rejoined his Sexagisma compardres & became the keyboardist of Psycho's Mum in 1987. The first line-up pic is from that year. It was one of a clutch of gigs The Psychos did at The Black Horse in Catford for The South East London Musician's Collective. Such luminaries as Back To The Planet, The Sea, The Brain of Morbius, The Baby Trio, Easter & The Totem, Sheep On Drugs, Seventh Seal, The Leven Signs, Best Foot Forward & Keeping Up With The Reagans also played on the same line-ups in the same collective. (Back To The Planet members did their first ever gig supporting Psycho's Mum).

Neurosorockers
The Ptolemaic Terrascope

  Psychos Mum 1st line up
Psychos Mum 1st line up

By the end of 1987 Mark, Vince & Mick left & Steve Parks replaced Vince on guitar. Dave Pearce replaced Mark on drums & they, Craig & Jem forged ahead playing weekly for the next three years. Among the many venues they played were The Boston Arms in Tufnell Pk, The Woolwich Tramshed, The Grey Horse in Kingston, The George Robey in Finsbury Pk, Gossips in Soho (otherwise known as Alice in Wonderlands or Mega City 3), The Cricketers at The Oval, The Hare & Hounds in Brighton, The Bier Keller in Bristol, The Richmond in Brighton, The Amersham Arms in Deptford, Thames Poly, The Bull & Gate in Tufnell Pk, The Venue in New Cross, The Falcon in Camden, The King's Head in Fulham, The Angel Centre in Tunbridge & The Deptford Crypt. They were doyens of Sonic Relief, T.L.F.(Tortoise Liberation Front) & Club Dog gigs.

Psychos Mum
Psychos Mum Mirror

They've played on the same line-up as Dr. Feelgood, The Cardiacs, Conflict, The UK Subs, Blue Cheer, The Meteors, Patrick Fitzgerald, The Truth, Here & Now, Curved Air, Captain Sensible & The Bevis Frond amongst many others.

Psychos Mum and a dancing fan
Psychos Mum and a dancing fan

Nick The Bevis Frond Saloman released a A Sibilant Sin on his Woronzow label in 1989 with the LP fast becoming a cult collectable. The Psychos also appeared on The Woronzoid Compilation LP in the same year & were the first band other than his own that Nick released on vinyl. To pay the compliment back The Psychos got Nick to play his first gig in a decade at The Royal Albert in New Cross. He & Mick Crossley of The Flyte Reaction guested with The Psychos. Nick, as a result, formed The Bevis Frond as a gigging band & went global playing with the likes of Arthur Lee & Country Joe & The Fish.

Bufallo Mattahorn
Bufallo Mattahorn

The Psychos played countless Benefit Gigs redistributing funds to Homelessness charities, Anti Poll-Tax organisations & local community groups. By 1991 the band fragmented but have played numerous revival gigs as a result of popular demand.

The music has always been fast, manic & extremely psychedelic!

More Psychos Mum
More Psychos Mum

Photos: Psycho's Mum mirror was taken at The Silo Studios in Deptford by Pam & Norman High. The studios were in an old 19th century bakery. They were forcibly closed & developed into yuppie flats by the beginning of the 21st century. Their turbaned follower in photo 2 (taken by Penny Hunt) was, in fact, dancing in front of hundreds of freaks at The Plumstead Make Merry in 1988. The last photo (taken again by Penny) was at The Old Vic. In Brighton.

Dave and Jem Psycho at The Deptford Crypt 1988
Dave and Jem Psycho at The Deptford Crypt 1988
 
Jem Psycho at The Crypt in Deptford 1988
Jem Psycho at The Crypt in Deptford 1988
 
Jem Psycho at The Deptford Crypt 1988
Jem Psycho at The Deptford Crypt 1988
 
Psychos Jem at The Deptford Crypt 1988
Psychos Jem at The Deptford Crypt 1988
 
Psychos Mum In Brighton 1989
Psychos Mum In Brighton 1989
 
Psychos Mum Revival Gig at The Greenwich Inn 1993
Psychos Mum Revival Gig at The Greenwich Inn 1993
 
Psychos Mum at The Crypt 1988
Psychos Mum at The Crypt 1988
 
Psychos Mum at The Crypt in Deptford 1988
Psychos Mum at The Crypt in Deptford 1988
 
Psychos Mum at The Crypt
Psychos Mum at The Crypt
 
Psychos Mum at The DEptford Crypt
Psychos Mum at The Deptford Crypt
 
Psychos Mum at The Deptford Crypt 1988
Psychos Mum at The Deptford Crypt 1988
 
Psychos Mum at The Greenwich Inn 1993
Psychos Mum at The Greenwich Inn 1993
 
Psychos Mum at The Old Vic in Brighton 1988
Psychos Mum at The Old Vic in Brighton 1988
 
Psychos Mum at The Richmond in Brighton
Psychos Mum at The Richmond in Brighton
 
Psychos Mum at The Richmond
Psychos Mum at The Richmond
 
Psychos Mum at a Woronzow Records gig at The Richmond in Brighton 1989
Psychos Mum at a Woronzow Records gig at The Richmond in Brighton 1989
 
Psychos at The Richmond In Brighton
Psychos at The Richmond In Brighton
 
Psychos at The Richmond
Psychos at The Richmond
 
Psychos at The Richmond
Psychos at The Richmond
 
Steve and Craig Psycho at The Deptford Crypt 1988
Steve and Craig Psycho at The Deptford Crypt 1988
 
The Psychos at The Brighton Richmond 1989
The Psychos at The Brighton Richmond 1989
 
The Psychos at The Crypt 1988
The Psychos at The Crypt 1988
 
The Psychos at The Deptford Crypt 1988
The Psychos at The Deptford Crypt 1988
 
The Psychos at The Richmond
The Psychos at The Richmond
 
The Psychos in Brighton 1989
The Psychos in Brighton 1989
 
Psycho Flyer
Psycho Flyer
 

Numerous gig & rehearsal tapes exist & hours of film have survived. The band's lyrics were written by Craig High & Steve Parks.


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