The Deviants

The DeviantsFrom: Ladbroke Grove, United Kingdom

The Deviants, formerly known as The Social Deviants, were an English rock group originally active in the 1960s. However, they were used as a vehicle for the musical work of writer Mick Farren until his death in 2013.

According to Farren, The Deviants “did things every now and then—it was a total assault thing with a great deal of inter-relation and interdependence.” Musically, he described the band as “teeth-grinding, psychedelic rock” somewhere between The Stooges and The Mothers of Invention. The band has been described as a transition between classic British psych and punk/heavy metal.

Mick Farren (born Michael Anthony Farren) formed The Social Deviants in 1967 out of the Ladbroke Grove UK Underground community. Other band members included Pete Munro (bass), Clive Muldoon (guitar), Mike Robinson (guitar), and Russell Hunter (drums). The band shortened their name to The Deviants after Munro and Muldoon left and were replaced by Sid Bishop (guitar), and Cord Rees (bass). 21-year-old Nigel Samuel, son of a millionaire, became friends with Farren, and funded the recording of the band’s debut album, Ptooff!. They sold copies of the record through the UK Underground press before it was picked up by Decca Records.

Duncan Sanderson joined The Deviants after Rees left the band in June 1967, and the band released a second album, Disposable, through the independent label Stable Records. Bishop married and left the band soon after, and he was replaced by Canadian guitarist Paul Rudolph. The Deviants released their third album, The Deviants 3, through Transatlantic Records.

While on a tour of North America’s west coast the relationship between Farren and the rest of the band became personally and musically strained. Eventually, the band decided to continue without Farren, who returned to England where he teamed up with ex-Pretty Things drummer Twink and Steve Peregrin Took to record the album Mona – The Carnivorous Circus before he focused on music journalism. The three remaining members of The Deviants returned to England where they formed the band Pink Fairies with Twink.

In the mid-1970s, Farren was offered a one-off deal by Stiff Records to record an EP, which was released under the name Mick Farren and the Deviants. At the end of the ’70s, Farren again turned his attention to writing and relocated to New York. He would resurrect The Deviants name for occasional live performances, including a performance in February 1984 when he teamed up with Wayne Kramer, Sanderson, and drummer George Butler. This set was released as Human Garbage.

Over the years, Farren continued to perform and record sporadically under the name The Deviants, using a pool of different musicians. During a rare performance by The Deviants at The Borderline in Central London on July 27, 2013, Farren collapsed on stage. He died later in hospital.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1967 album Ptooff!

  • I’m Coming Home

From the 1968 album Disposable

  • Normality Jam