Icons of Filth were an influential British anarcho-punk band that disbanded in 2004, after the unexpected death of its lead singer Andrew Sewell, or Stiggy Smeg.
'Icons of Filth' started life as Mock Death in Cardiff in 1979 with Aitch on drums, Daffy on guitar, Socket on bass and Fran and Tina sharing vocal duties. After several gigs in the local area, Mock Death called it a day after 1 year.
'Atomic Filth' formed shortly afterwards with Socket, Daffy and Aitch from Mock Death and Stig Andrew Sewell on vocals. Within a year the name had been changed to Icons of Filth and Socket had left to be replaced on bass by Ed. After gigging extensively, the cassette LP "Not On Her Majesties Service" is recorded in October 1982 becoming the 1st release on Conflict's Mortarhate label, this 1st release showcases Stigs intelligent and thought-provoking lyrics which are lined up as a full-frontal attack on those in positions of authority. This is followed up by the May 1983 recording "Used, Abused...
Track listing: PolitricksYour MilitaryNo Fucking ChoiceCut the CrapEnough Is EnoughBrain DeathSunk RockEvil SpeakVivisectorOne Second to MidnightWhy So Limited?Mentally MurderedFool Britannia (A Song for Europe)Used, Abused, UnamusedPresent & HistoryDeath Is the Only ReleaseMidnightFucked Up StateSuccess on a Plate (For Who?)Now We're Getting WarmerDividing LineAsking Too MuchPower for PowerShow Us You CareSod the ChildrenSelf-Styled SuperiorityOnward Christian SoldiersVirusThey've Taken EverythingA Measure of Insecurity
Track listing: Why So Limited?Mentally MurderedThey've Taken EverythingFucked Up StatePresent & HistoryDividing LineNow We're Getting WarmerSod the ChildrenShow Us You CareDeath Is the Only ReleaseFool Britannia (A Song for Europe)One Second to MidnightMidnightOnward Christian SoldiersSelf-Styled SuperiorityPower for Power