Culture Shock (band)

Culture Shock is an English punk rock band formed in Warminster, Wiltshire in 1986 by Dick Lucas, previously of the Subhumans.[1] Over their four-year history the band played hundreds of gigs, including frequent appearances at free festivals, and released three studio albums on the Bluurg record label.[2] Lucas’ lyrics were mostly concerned with social and political issues, from cruelty to animals, Northern Ireland, war, and social alienation, but were far from angry rants, often finding a positive and empowering perspective.[3]

Culture Shock
OriginWarminster, Wiltshire, England, UK
GenresAnarcho-punk, ska punk
Years active1986–1989, 2012–present
Associated actsCitizen Fish, Subhumans
MembersDick Lucas, Jasper, Bill, Alex
Past membersNige, Paul

Culture Shock split at the end of 1989, as Bill and Nige both had young families to support. Dick went on to form Citizen Fish with Jasper, the bassist on Culture Shock’s final album, and two other former members of the Subhumans. Nige died in 1993.


Interest in the band was revived by the release of the Everything CD retrospective in 2012; Culture Shock reformed as a gigging band and have been playing since 2013. The line-up remains the same except with Alex (from Citizen Fish) on guitar.


  • Dick Lucas (vocals)
  • Bill (drums)
  • Jasper (bass)
  • Alex (guitar)

Previous membersEdit

  • Paul Taylor (bass - on Go Wild, and Onwards & Upwards)
  • Nige (guitar, vocals)



  • 1986 Go Wild (Fish 18)
  • 1988 Onwards & Upwards (Fish 20)
  • 1989 All The Time! (Fish 23)
  • 2016 Attention Span
  • 2018 The Humanity Show

Cassette onlyEdit

  • "Living History" demo April 1986 (Bluurg Tapes 66)
  • "Live At The Fish" (Earth Zone)
  • "Reality Stop No.44" demo December 1986 (Bluurg Tapes 71)
  • "Hot and Sweaty" live compilation (Bluurg Tapes 79)


  • Everything (Fish 51) (3CD/MP3, 2012)

Compilation appearancesEdit

  • Crisis Point EP
  • Stonehenge EP
  • Open Mind Surgery LP
  • Travellers Aid Trust 2LP & CD (Flicknife)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Citizen Fish / Subhumans official DIY website". Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Punky Gibbon - Culture Shock Discography". Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Culture shock discography, dub punk, anarcho punk, Culture shock everything, culture shock cd". Retrieved 11 August 2015.

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