Not just a stupid asshole racist. I used to love playing with the Damned they were great, I think we got those gigs through Effie because of her friendship with Chris. I don’t particularly remember listening to what they were doing. I think they would have been quite happy to write off the contract if they’d had the choice. If the music press were there she was in her element, the Paul Morleys and Julie Burchills of this world.

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In true punk fashion, Stuart walked out on-stage at a concert in lateand raised his right hand just like a Nazi, sending the crowd into hysterics as they cheered the official statement on his politics. Early antagonism had a new motive.

He was outed as gay after it was reported that he frequented Heaven, a London nightclub, od he acknowledged that he was gay inbefore dying of AIDS-related complications in Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.

Stuart bounced around Britain trying to avoid trouble with the law, while also working on shaping Skrewdriver back into an important force.

Ian Stuart Donaldson

The next time I was there we were playing! Not to be confused with screwdriverScrewdriver musicianor Swervedriver.

On the way back our agent was stopped at customs and we never saw him again, the main problem was he had all the money. I think Effie drifted off the scene around this time, she wasn’t happy with the image change and the violence. The promoter called it off, we’d only done about four or five numbers, but that was it so we were back in the van to London.


We liked the New York Dolls sound, we covered Pills which was a regular part of our set all through However, John “Grinny” Grinton later stated in an interview that he had no problem with the new Skrewdriver, and that he became a member of the National Front along with Donaldson.

Skrewdriver – Raw early punk and oi on Chiswick Records. A Punk Rock History and Pictures.

He was a volatile character, always prone to explosions of violence at the least provocation, especially after a drink. Although Ron Hartley is featured on the album sleeve the original liner notes acknowledged that Phil played sirewdriver the guitar parts.

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How about the idea that you can honor and respect your own off others cultures whitout separating them? He came back and stood with us! English anti-communists English neo-Nazis Oi! Byhe decided that Blood and Honour needed an even higher profile than what they had accomplished.

He was very experienced which was just as well because we were complete novices in the studio. I remember standing in the wings at one of their gigs and what Chris Miller used to do was he’d cover his drum skins with talcum powder and then the first beat at the start of the first number he’d just hit everything as quick as he could and he’d just disappear in a cloud of white dust, it was a great effect especially with a bright light behind. Dunstable I seem to recall playing, hisrory we went up to Birmingham to play at a big club called Rebecca’s.


Once the aesthetic is bought, the symbol of class, the aim is to maintain that inherent character. The new version of the band played a leading role in the Rock Against Communism movement.

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Frequency of gigging was erratic, there would be gaps of a week or two, then some sort of mini tour, four or five gigs on the trot. We were having a photo session, Roger Armstrong came in and said that the album was due out soon and we needed to sort out the publishing rights for royalties.

A live recording exists of a June 77 gig at the Marquee, the actual date is uncertain. Please turn hidtory AdBlock off. Donaldson died on 24 September following a car crash.


It is a shame that the name was dragged through the gutter like that. We needed a drummer so Mark was asked and he agreed. Burchill gave us a real slating in skrewdgiver NME on one occasion and Don hated her guts. I think she went back to Birmingham.

She owned a big Edwardian terraced house and we had one room for the four of us. We’d locked up and gone back inside for a drink, and when we came out the van with all the gear was gone, never to be seen again.