ENGLISH DOGS (1982–87, 1994–96, 2003, 2007–PRESENT). Pete “Wakie” Wakfield (vocals, replaced by Troy McDonald, Adrian Bailey, Wakie, Stu Pid, Gizz), Jon Murray (guitar, replaced by Jamie Martin, Jon Murray, Swapan, Nandi), Gizz Butt (guitar), Mark “Wattie” Watson (bass), Andrew Pinching (drums, replaced by Spikey Smith).
English Dogs were one of the first British hardcore bands, pioneering the punk and metal crossover style in the U.K. alongside such bands as Exploited and Discharge. English Dogs may have started out as a hardcore punk band, but by the time of their first album, they had started incorporating longer metal-style solos. When guitarist Gizz had joined the band in time for the To the Ends of the Earth EP, the sound began to harden. The release of the landmark Forward into Battle EP marked one of the earliest crossover records where metallic riffs and guitars are matched with hardcore drums and bass. The addition of higher-pitched singer Adrian Bailey for the crossover record Forward into Battle cemented the band’s reputation as one of the few early punk bands to crossover into metal territory. Unfortunately, the albums started to get more overblown and overproduced, which made the record sound like the soundtrack to a bad game of Dungeons and Dragons. The band then splintered apart and would not get together until reuniting with Wakie, Wattie, Gizz, Pinch, and Jon for the Bow to None record, a fairly good return to the earlier sound, but of course the band split again. In 2003 a version of the band reunited and at this point the band consists of Wakie, Wattie, Jon, and Stu on drums, playing the earlier pre-thrash material. Pinch currently plays with classic punk act the Damned.
Discography: Mad Punx and English Dogs [EP] (Clay, 1983); Invasion of the Porky Men (Caly, 1984); To the Ends of the Earth [EP] (Rto, 1984); Forward into Battle (Rto, 1985); Metamorphisis [EP] (Under one Flag, 1986); Where Legend Began (Under One Flag, 1986); Bow to None (Century Media, 1994); I’ve Gotta Run (Retch, 2001); This is Not War (Retch, 2002).