Chronic Generation were born in a Hertfordshire school music room, one rainy afternoon in 1977 and raised on a healthy diet of playing Pistols, Clash & Damned covers with assorted mates on vocals.
The years tick by, the band reach puberty and November 1979 sees the Hitchin based Chronic Generation play their first gig at a 6th form party. Early 1980 the band start to pick up a local following and drop half their name.
Word is spreading; no local train station, bus shelter or wall is complete without Chron Gen scrawled across it. Gigs are begged, borrowed and stolen with Battle of The Bands, Rock Against Thatcher, youth clubs and parties all helping to perfect their sound.
Eventually a regular band began to emerge comprising former members of The Condemned and Optional Xtras. Chron Gen settle on the line up of Glynn (Baxter) Barber (vocals/guitarist), Jon ‘JJ’ Johnson (drums), Jon Thurlow (rhythm guitar), with Pete Dimmock replacing Adam Warwicker after the band record their first demo.
Regulary featuring in Manager, Gez Lowry’s Rising Free fanzine and Sounds ‘Oi! Oi! charts helps to spread the word, as does local support slots with The UK Subs, The Chords & UK Decay.
The band release 1,000 copies of their self financed debut EP Puppets of War in 1981 on their own Gargoyle label. With bucket, paste and poster publicity and a reprint issued by Fresh Records it eventually spends almost ten months in the UK Independent Chart, peaking at number 4, selling over 45,000 copies and becoming one of the top selling Indie singles of the year.
With the success of the EP, Chron Gen go from local youth club to the Lyceum, London in front of 3,000 people and are invited to join The Exploited, Discharge and Anti-Pasti on the now infamous Apocalypse tour in the UK in the summer of 1981.
The tour rips up all four corners of the country and brings Chron Gen to the nations youth, gaining them many column inches in the weekly music press, who can’t quite categorise their Punk, Pop, singalong, which is probably best summarised by Sounds own Garry Bushell who described them as “The Buzzcocks with bollocks”……due to their more ‘tuneful’ approach to Punk songwriting!
They sign to Miles Copeland’s Step Forward label and release ‘Reality’ before moving to Secret Records, who issue the band’s debut album, Chronic Generation, in March 1982, reaching number 53 on the UK Albums Chart.
Beset by weak production, the bands increasing nocturnal habits and the new management’s desire to get an LP out before the band were properly song ready; it released to mixed reviews. It is the last release to feature John Thurlow, who eventually goes on to form Scum of Toytown & Lika Sharps and is replaced by Mark ‘Floyd’ Alison.
The band tour with The Anti Nowhere League on their ‘So What’ tour and tour the United States in support of the album. After a further single, Outlaw, Pete Dimmock left to join Chelsea (and later Bandits at 4 O’Clock), and is replaced by Liverpool’s finest bass player, Roy Horner.
In addition to releasing a live album recorded in San Francisco in 1982, the band’s final release was the 1984 mini-album Nowhere to Run, which was recorded before Horner joined and featured session musician Nigel Ross-Scott on bass. It didn’t match their earlier success and the band split up in October 1984, subsequently reforming to play occasional reunion shows.
Floyd later joined The Occasional Tables. He died on 31 October 1999. Pete Dimmock died on the 12th August 2011.
The surviving members of Chron Gen have reformed for the Blackpool Rebellion Festival 2013 with local hero Ferasier (ex Billy Hunts) on Rhythm guitar.
Recently Chron Gen have released a new album—This Is The Age—their first for 28 years.