Electro Hippies

Electro Hippies were a thrashcore band formed in St Helens/Wigan, United Kingdom, in 1985.

Electro Hippies
OriginSt Helens/Wigan, United Kingdom
Years active1985–1989
Associated actsCarcass
Napalm Death
Jailcell Recipes
Past membersJeffrey Walker
Bruno (Brian Rylance)
Dom Murphy
Not to be confused with the Electrohippies Collective, an international group of internet activists based in Oxfordshire, England

Though they were short-lived and underground through their career, their music influenced many future crust, hardcore punk, and grindcore bands. The band relied heavily on low bass end sounds to create their low-fi, primitively produced music. They also incorporated elements of heavy metal and have been described as "proto-grindcore".[2] The band strongly embraced the D.I.Y. (do it yourself) ethic which was very common among many early crust punk bands. The band's lyrics spoke heavily about animal rights and vegetarianism. A recurring lyrical theme on each LP targeted the McDonald's corporation, evidenced by the lyrics to "Run Ronald" and "Scum".

The band were supported by John Peel for whom they recorded a radio session in 1987, released as an EP by Strange Fruit Records the same year.[3][4]

The Electro Hippies included Jeff Walker (guitar, vocals) in their ranks. He later joined extreme metal band Carcass. When Walker joined Carcass full-time, Simon (drums) and Andy (guitar) took over vocal duties . Eventually, the band split up in 1989, playing one last gig and releasing the show as their final album.


Chart placings shown are from the UK Indie Chart.[5]

During their short career, they also appeared on many compilations, such as A Vile Peace, Digging in Water, the Peel sessions sampler, and Vile Vibes.


  1. ^ Glasper, Ian (2009). Trapped in a Scene: UK Hardcore 1985-89. p. 309.
  2. ^ York, William "The Only Good Punk Review", Allmusic, Macrovision Corporation, retrieved 19 December 2009
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2001) The Great Metal Discography, 2nd edn., MOJO Books, ISBN 1-84195-185-4, p. 181
  4. ^ The Electro Hippies 1987 Peel Session, Keeping It Peel, BBC, retrieved 19 December 2009
  5. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.