Biography – MERCENARY SKANK

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Mercenary Skank

(Taken from the book – This Patch of Land) (pics Andrew Tunnicliffe / public domain)

Another Rhyl punk band making noises in the early 1980s was Mercenary Skank, mention the name to Steve Allan Jones and he becomes very wistful, ‘I really hoped this band would get somewhere. They had it all, good songs, a style, charisma. I saw them at the Greyhound in Fulham and they were fantastic. Fuck the stupid industry for missing them.’

Mercenary Skank

By |February 9th, 1985|0 Comments

Mercenary Skank – No More Dancing EP

By |October 19th, 1984|0 Comments

Rhyl’s Mercenary Skank release their first record, No More Dancing 12″ EP (No More Dancing / The Pull and The Push / Down Among The Deadmen / Dancing Dub) on indie label Criminal Damage. The material was typical of the guitar bands of the early eighties, and although the vocal delivery was quite thin and weak, Scratch’s good looks and stage presence earned Mercenary Skank plenty of plaudits.

Like many bands, the pressures of a debut release began to show and divisions within M.Skank widened, with bassist Graham Bevins and guitarist Andrew Tunnicliffe never seeing eye to eye.

On the subject of all the press attention, Bevins said, ‘It went to Scratch and Tunkie’s heads in the end. I knew things weren’t well when I turned up at Grannies Studios to find Scratch pinned up against the wall by Mark. That was the beginning of the end.’

Tunnicliffe says, ‘We discussed getting reliable musicians all through 1984 but really decided on the morning of the first recordings for the No More Dancing EP. I arrived to find some argument had resulted in Scratch hitting Mark and Graham was moaning as usual and I found Scratch at a nearby café. That was the point at which we decided but we weren’t going to waste any more time with them. Should have done it a year previously.
‘The record was released on 19th October 1984, we told the others we no longer wanted to work with them exactly three weeks later. We’d already lined up a new rhythm section and began rehearsing within days.’

It certainly was the end for Graham Bevins, Mike Crees and Mark Jordan. During those three weeks they had heard rumours of the band’s demise from outside sources and Scratch announced that Mercenary Skank had come to its natural conclusion; he really meant that he and Tunkie were carrying on without the other three. Scratch and Tunkie recruited new musicians, including Dogs D’Amour’s bassist.

Mercenary Skank play London dates

By |April 17th, 1984|0 Comments


Rhyl’s new wavers play The Venue and The Marquee in London

ARCHIVE – Meteors / Mercenary Skank play Colwyn Bay Pier

By |December 1st, 1982|0 Comments

Mercenary Skank
Psychobilly hard men The Meteors played The Dixieland in Colwyn Bay and Mercenary Skank provided the support and brought along their huge road sign stage prop, Graham Bevins (of M.Skank) takes up the story, ‘We nicked it on the way back from a gig in Anglesey I recall. Scratch [vocalist] threw it into the audience and the promoter did his nut about it afterwards.’