The Disrupters were formed in late 1980.

Originally influenced by the early punk bands of the late 70s (Sex Pistols,Ramones, The Clash etc) the band were becoming increasingly drawn to the anarchist scene.

Things started early for The Disrupters with Crass including an early demo version of the song “Napalm” on their 1st “Bullshit Detector” LP.

In 1981 the band entered Whitehouse Studios in Norwich to record their 1st real recording session. The 3 tracks laid down that day became the “Young Offender” 7″. The record was a surprise hit in the indie charts and far outsold the bands expectations. This initial release began a working relationship with Backs Records in the running of Radical Change Records, a label dedicated to the promotion of punk/anarchist bands.

Initially The Disrupters had a few hiccups finding the right combo of band members but from 1983-88 they settled with founder members Bangkok Steve (Hansell)/Vocals and Kevin Wymer /Drums along with Paul Greener/Guitar, Steve Hough/Bass and Prem Nick/spoken word tracks.

The band liked to mix actions with words and were actively involved in various elements of direct action, sometimes ending in arrest and court appearances.

The Disrupters called it a day in late 1988, disillusioned with the ever growing divide and bitching within the scene, Steve (Vocals) quit to concentrate on other things and the rest of the band followed suit.

In 2005 Overground released a Disrupters retrospective album Gas The Punx, the album was well received and requests started pouring in for the band to reform. However, it wasn’t until they were asked to reform and perform at Feeding Of The 5000 in 2007 supporting Steve Ignorant at Shepherd’s Bush Empire that vocalist and founder member Steve Hansell agreed – “turning down the gig was never an option”. Their performance was a huge success, offers for more gigs poured in and the band ventured back into the studio.

So, in 2011 Generation Retard is released, the first Disrupters album for 25 years. Steve Hansell explains: “reforming the Disrupters has never been about ‘nostalgia’ as far as I’m concerned but more picking up where I left off… The album has been over 2 years in the making. It’s not always been an easy album to make but the end result is something we are proud of. Musically it’s the tightest thing we’ve recorded. A criticism often aimed at bands like us is that we don’t update our message. We have tried to address this with this album. The album’s main themes are religion and the abuse of power. There are also a couple of songs about child murderers, corporate crime and some personal stuff that I’ve never really touched on before in my lyrics.”

“In places it is a dark album, but we live in dark times……………”


  • Animal Farm
  • Bomb Heaven
  • Dead In The Head
  • Dead On Arrival
  • Gas The Punx
  • Give Me A Rush
  • I’m Still Here
  • Late Night Shoplifting
  • Legal Assault
  • Napalm
  • Nice Day For A Hanging
  • Pigs In Blue
  • Princess Anne Leper
  • Retribution
  • Rich Whore
  • Rot In Hell
  • Sharing The Blame
  • Shelters For The Rich
  • Stonehenge
  • The Arse End Of The Establishment
  • The Evil Dead
  • Windscale Cheeseburger
  • Young Offender
  • Corporate Nightmare Vision
  • Generation Retard
  • Gimme Some Truth
  • Holy War
  • Ian Huntley Said
  • Khao San Road
  • Know The Enemy
  • Never Gave A Fuck
  • Pissing In The Wind
  • River Of Blood
  • The Forgotten
  • We Are The Taliban