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Deviants, The

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The Deviants: Ptooff! (Deram)

Sleeve notes by Miles, Deram, 1967

FROM THE DEPTHS of London's secret UNDERGROUND headquarters, fully equipped with complex electronic machinery, a 20th century bohemia illicitly recorded, furtively edited at great cost ...

U.F.O. — in front of what's happening!

Report by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 24 June 1967

AS FAR as London is concerned, the hippies' paradise known as U.F.O. — stands for unidentified flying object, the non-own-up official term for flying saucers ...

Guerilla Pop

Comment by Mick Farren, International Times, 14 June 1968

POP MUSIC is one of the last free mediums, but is quickly becoming entangled in its own and society's games. ...

The Deviants: Revolution — With Guitars, Not Bullets

Interview by Hugh Nolan, Disc and Music Echo, 2 November 1968

FOR MICK FARREN, magnificently hairy leader of the (formerly Social) Deviants, the underground is a very definite force against the establishment, blind authority and the ...

From the Underground: The Deviants

Profile and Interview by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, 23 November 1968

IT'S BEEN SAID of the Deviants that they are the only real underground group. Like roots of the underground perhaps – because Mick Farren, first ...

The Deviants: Disposable (Stable)

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 30 November 1968

ONE IS with the Deviants in spirit and one applauds the efforts of Mick Farren and Steve Sparkes who produced this second "underground" album, but ...

The Deviants: Disposable

Review by Miles, International Times, 1 January 1969

THE DEVIANTS are at their best when not imitating other groups. On this, their second album, it would be best to disregard a number of ...

The Deviants: 'The Function of Rock is to Have a Good Times, not to Stand Marvelling at the Guitarist's Technique'

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 20 September 1969


The Deviants: The Deviants (Transatlantic)

Review by Miles, International Times, 10 October 1969

FIRST CAME PTOOFF!: an album of outrageous London Underground freakery, soggy nostalgia and general-purpose nastiness – as English as potting sheds and The Goon Show ...

Mick Farren: Fun Is The Key Word

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 21 February 1970

WATCH OUT, world — Mick Farren is out to accomplish with Shagrat what he couldn't quite get together with the Deviants. ...

The Devious Thoughts of Mick Farren

Interview by Lon Goddard, Record Mirror, 21 March 1970

ONCE UPON a time, Mick Farren was a social deviant. Then he became a Deviant. Not satisfied, young Mick decided to deviate and dispensed with ...

Pink Fairies

Profile by Chris Rowley, International Times, 2 December 1972

Chris Rowley has been probing the life and times of the Pink Fairies: the women, the liquor, the hot hot music, the grim realities behind ...

Eyewitness: The 14-Hour Technicolor Dream, April 29, 1967, Alexandra Palace, North London

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Q, June 1995

Pink Floyd, The Soft Machine, The Move... Some of Swinging London's swingiest played at the legendary International Times benefit at Alexandra Palace. Johnny Black rounds up a ...

The Deviants

Retrospective by Mick Farren, MOJO, October 1999

They couldn’t sing. They couldn’t play. They were winding up the hippy establishment a decade before punk. And 30 years ago they enjoyed their finest ...

An Interview with Mick Farren

Interview by Martin Herron, unpublished, 2001

UK ROCK CRITICISM has produced its fair share of great writers: Nick Kent, Charles Shaar Murray and Barney Hoskyns, to name but a few. ...

Mick Farren on the Deviants, Fantasy Fiction and Blowing Things Up

Profile and Interview by Erik Himmelsbach, L.A. Weekly, 23 November 2001

PUBLISHING MOGUL Felix Dennis was staring at the Caribbean Sea a few months ago, sucking down cocktails with fellow gazillionaires at Basil's Bar on the ...

Mick Farren & The Deviants: On Your Knees, Earthlings!!! (Total Energy)

Review by Gary Pig Gold, In Music We Trust, November 2003

MICK FARREN is one of the greatest madcaps Britain has yet to produce, I hereby loudly exclaim, and On Your Knees gathers together yet another ...

Goodbye, Mick Farren, activist, rabble-rousing rocker and NME journalist

Memoir by Charles Shaar Murray, The Guardian, 29 July 2013

Mick Farren, who died onstage in London on Saturday, was a "living banner for the psychedelic left". He was also a friend who joined me ...

Peter Stanfield: Pin-Ups 1972 (Reaktion)

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, The Critic, August 2022

ROCK'N'ROLL years are all the rage these days. Ever since Jon Savage published his monumental 1966 (in 2015), the anni – particularly the 1970s – ...

see also Mick Farren

see also Pink Fairies, The


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