Artist: Militant Red

by on 19th April 2017

(Image c/o Discogs user GuyFromSouth1976, used with permission)

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Mark Douglas (vocals / bass)
Nik Townend (guitar / melodica / percussion)
Joe Higham (organ / piano / synth)
Splash (drums / percussion)
Steve Pears (tenor sax)
Andrew Gad (backing vocals / toasting)


In 1981 Nik Townend (Akrylykz / Vital Records) started working with Mark Douglas, a Jamaican poet, singer and bass player studying at Hull University. They would go on to release a 12” single of a session recorded at Adda Studios with the first iteration of this Townend/Douglas band, however, they had not yet settled on a name for the project so the record was released under the controversial name of Militant Red. Side one was a song written by Douglas called “And Then a Voice…” and side two was a jazz-reggae instrumental titled “Kick It Up” written by Nik Townend. This second track featured tenor sax by Steve Pears from the Akrylykz and toasting by Andrew Gad.


And Then A Voice… (12″) – Vital Records, 1981