Last Updated on March 11, 2023
Junk Culture were formed in 1994 when drummer Jon Aldous pestered bassist Andrew Culture to join him and a guitarist (Graham Flowers) whom he bragged could play ‘three para-chords’ to play some punk. Original singer Simon Ward was found wandering the streets and was convinced to step in and have a go and singing. It was Simon Ward who gave the band their name. In sound early Junk Culture was most 70s influenced punk, as the band progressed their sound diversified into a blend of college rock and ‘Patti Smith type jams’.
Simon Ward left the band in 1995 and Junk Culture had around 22 different singers until Stuart Tyldesley was asked to join the band some time around 1999.
Junk Culture regularly played throughout the UK but were never fully appreciated, least of all by those actually in the band. Graham Flowers departed in 2002 and was replaced for two years by Lee Smith. Lee left the band in 2004 and was replaced for a short UK Tour by Kate Reed, formerly of Violent Playground.
The final Junk Culture gig was at the Steamboat Tavern on 7th April in 2005. The band claims not to have split up, but just to have gotten ‘very lazy’.
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Antigen Records + Corndog Records
Ant Music Presents
Promotional four track cd created by London promoters Ant Music and Jet 13 Records to promote Junk Culture’s headline show upstairs at the Garage Saturday 13th Dec 2003
Drowned In Sound + CornDog Records Present…
Promotional four track CD given out at a www.DrownedInSound.com gig
Grand Theft Ippo III
Who’s on first
Drunk Cheerleader Records
Pumped up again E.P
Stay with you / Things that you do
Griffin Sounds E.P
Other band members
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