The Cravats

The Cravats are a punk rock band originally from Redditch, England, founded in 1977 by Robin Dallaway (vocals, guitar) and The Shend (bass, vocals). Further members were Svor Naan (real name Richard London) (saxophone) and Dave Bennett (drums).

The first single from The Cravats was the self-financed “Gordon“, released in 1978. On 31 July 1979 they recorded their first session for the John Peel show on BBC Radio 1. Soon after they received a recording contract with Small Wonder Records. Three further Peel Sessions followed on 6 October 1980, 18 August 1981 and 15 November 1982.

The band had a rest in 1982, with Dallaway and The Shend forming The Very Things, as well as DCL Lococmotive and The Babymen.

The Cravats original members The Shend and Svor Naan put together a ‘live ensemble’ for the Rebellion Punk Festival in August 2009/2010. The Cravats live ensemble have continued to play live with gigs in Dublin, London and a further appearance at Rebellion in August 2011. They will also be performing at the Incubate Festival in Tilburg, Holland in September and are special guests of Steve Ignorant (Crass) at the final ‘Last Supper‘ show on November 19th at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.

A CD reissue of their first LP, ‘The Cravats In Toytown‘ is planned for August 2012 which will be accompanied by a CD featuring a complete remoulding of the original ‘In Toytown‘ 8 track masters by Penny Rimbaud (Crass).

In 2016 The Cravats release their first new material in more than 30 years with a two track 7″ ‘Jingo Bells‘ and ‘Batter House‘ followed by another 7″ ‘Bigband‘ and ‘Blurred‘. Their latest album ‘Dustbin of Sound‘ was released in Autumn 2017 on Overground Records.

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  • All On Standby
  • All Around The Corner
  • And The Sun Shone
  • Batter House
  • Bigband
  • Blurred
  • Burning Bridges
  • Ceasing To Be
  • Daddy’s Shoes
  • Dralon
  • Execute His Will
  • Firemen
  • Gordon
  • I Am The Dreg
  • I Hate The Universe
  • Ice-Cubists
  • In Your Eyes
  • Jingo Bells
  • Land Of The Giants
  • Little Yellow Froggy
  • Live For Now
  • Off The Beach
  • One In A Thousand
  • Precinct
  • Pressure Sellers
  • Rub Me Out
  • Seance
  • Situations Vacant
  • Still
  • Spoons
  • Streets
  • Tears On My Machine
  • Terminus
  • The End
  • The Hole
  • The Shroud Of New York (Chapter 1)
  • The Shroud Of New York (Chapter 2)
  • There Is No International Rescue
  • The Station
  • Training Aid
  • Triplex Zone
  • Welcome
  • When Will We Fall
  • Who’s In Here With Me
  • Working Down Underground
  • XMP
  • You’re Driving Me
  • 100 Percent
  • All You Bish Dumpers
  • Big Red Car
  • Bury The Wild
  • Hang Them
  • King Of Walking Away
  • Motorcycle Man
  • Power Lines
  • Whooping Sirens
  • Shy
  • Good For You