UK. 1980. Amidst a volatile punk rock scene, the Mob, along with
bands like Rudimentary
Peni saw no hope in the future, and certainly not in the present.
All The Mob could point out was that the world was a bleak and
painful place that offered death and despair in a variety of forms.
music had hit its second wave, and bands like Crass and Conflict
were making a political statement with music, turning punk into
an anarchist movement - for real, fusing political theory into
the lyrics of their music and creating the anrcho-punk genre.
Despite their company with Crass bands, The Mob had none of it
though. The height of their political gambit was blaming politicians
among others for the state of things. In the beginning their records
appeared mainly on All the Madmen Records, their own label,
but CRASS Records did release "No Doves Fly Here"
of the other English post punk bands that shared a similiar vision
musically and lyrically with The Mob were the Southern
Death Cult, UK
of Hate, and Flux of Pink Indians, not to forget Rudimentary
Mob began as early as 1979, and lasted until 1983, playing only
to a European audience, never having made it to America. Other
music projects of former Mob members are NULL & VOID, with a 7"
called 'Still it Must Go On...', a 3 track ep on the Belgian 'Not
so Brave' label sounding very Mob-like, with the addition of piano.
Josef Porter founded and is still fronting Blyth Power, he was
also in the anarcho-punk band Zounds. The whereabouts of Mark
Mob are uncertain, many rumours have come through though, from
living in a teepee, being a used car salesman, to being an auto