Alex Lusty’s first release was “Dogmonaut 2000” under the guise Frigid Vinegar in 1999. The single sampled It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones and was first released on Oxford-based Shifty Disco records. The single was first played by John Peel on BBC Radio 1. It was then championed by DJ Steve Lamacq on the evening session where it went on to be one of the year’s most requested records. Frigid Vinegar performed the track “Jack Biscuit” live on Lamacq’s show from Maida Vale studios. Frigid Vinegar recorded 4 tracks in session for Lamacq, one of the tracks being “Lamacqmanaut 2000” a reworking of “Dogmonaut 2000” with several lyric changes paying homage to the DJ. The track also found its way onto a CD compilation of Lamacq session tracks (Bootleg Session 3) that was given away with the Melody Maker magazine. “Dogmonaut 2000” was also played on BBC daytime shows by DJs Mark and Lard, Chris Moyles, Jo Whiley and Dave Pearce, and appeared on the UK singles chart. Frigid Vinegar also appeared 10 times on the Radio 1 roadshow.
The next single “How Cheap Is Your Love?” was released on Rotator records the following year and was both the Melody Maker and Daily Mirror’s single of the week. It was again championed by Lamacq on Radio 1 and made it to number 5 in the chart of the year.
More singles followed: “Jesus Presley Superstar” and “Diddleysquat”. “Diddleysquat” featured Family Fortunes game show host Les Dennis singing the chorus and appearing in the video. The last Frigid Vinegar single, “Champagne”, was released 1 January 2002. Following its release Lusty assembled a 5-piece band to back him for a UK tour that year. In addition to headlining, Frigid Vinegar also supported Echobelly.
Now finally in July 2017 (17 years after a album was meant to be released) see’s the return of Frigid Vinegar with the album ‘Viva Lou Ferringo’. Featuring the 5 singles, live favourite ‘Jack Biscuit’ and 8 brand new tracks, the album is available exclusively from this website.
It was then Lusty teamed with Brett Gordon to form Acarine. The first single “Blinder” sampled the theme from the 1970s television show Minder and was played by Zane Lowe and Chris Moyles. The next single “God Shoots Jesus Saves” sampled the 1980 movie The Long Good Friday and was released on limited edition numbered 7-inch vinyl only. Acarine were then signed to CNR, a subsidiary of RoadRunner records, where they released the singles “Screw Your Head On” and “Organ Donor”, as well as the 14 track album Call It On. The duo, along with live drummer Paul Kodish and Scratch DJ Matt Lewis, played the Glastonbury and Glade festival. They also toured with Chumbawamba and headlined shows in London at Koko, Dublin Castle, 93 Feet East, Bar Fly and Liberty. In addition, they supported the Cockney Rejects at the first Rejects’ London show in 20 years.
Gigs in London were attended by ex-football hooligan turned author Cass Pennant. A track on the album was written and recorded about Pennant, and they performed at his book launch for Rolling With The 657 Crew about Portsmouth F.C. hooligans. Ex-Stoke City hooligan Mark Chester followed suit and had Acarine perform at the launch for his book Naughty Forty. Director Lexi Alexander then asked Acarine to provide a song for his film Green Street starring Elijah Wood which was about West Ham United hooligans. Acarine recorded the song “Stand Your Ground” for Green Street. The band also appeared in the film as extras. Subsequently a proposed gig in Southend was cancelled by the police and the local Council following concerns about violence from rival hooligans.
In December 2004 Lusty met Morrissey and Polecats guitarist Boz Boorer backstage at an after show party at Morrissey’s Earl Court show in London. Alex and Boz discussed recording together, and soon after The OneThree was born. Lusty wrote the lyrics and provided vocals, while Boz wrote the music and played guitar. Brett Gordon was again involved, this time playing bass, songwriting and handling the production as well as all chorus and backing vocals and contributing to arrangement. A 13 track album, Life Goes On, was recorded and released on Revolver Records in August 2005. The album was well-reviewed and BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long and BBC 6 Music’s Phil Jupitus both played the album’s lead track Dive In.
A second album for The OneThree was planned. Lusty had an album’s worth of lyrics written, but Boz Boorer was unavailable as he was away on a world tour with Morrissey. Lusty and Gordon decided to put the lyrics to an alt, lo fi project called Loner Party. Again, Lusty provided the lyrics and vocals while Brett provided the music. The 14 tracks were released on the album Protest Is Dead. The album was signed by Electronica label CCT Records and was released for download in May 2007.
The Loner Party album was the last release Lusty made with Gordon.
Who Shot Who?
Lusty then teamed up with old friend and ex-Nightingales and Goldblade guitarist Peter Byrchmore. They combined Peter’s love of punk and Lusty’s love of hip hop to form Who Shot Who?, an alternative punk/rap project. The first single Have You Seen Annette? was released on Lusty’s own label, Drive By Shouting Records. The video was shot by Terry Stephens and featured UK porn star Shay Hendrix. Gigs throughout the UK followed with bands 999, Anti Nowhere League, Sham 69, The Lurkers, Total Chaos and at the Nice and Sleazy Festival. The 13 track album Onwards And Upwards was released and tracks were played by Rodney Bigenheimer on legendary LA Radio station KROQ. Reviews followed in Big Cheese and Rock Sound magazine. A second single, The Murder Of a Good Man, was released on download. The song was in tribute to the murdered weapons of mass destruction inspector, Dr. David Kelly. More gigs followed including ones in Dublin with Paranoid Visions and at the Bearded Theory Festival. Lusty and Byrchmore are both currently writing new material for the next Who Shot Who? album.
Happy Martyr was born when Lusty and Boz Boorer finally found time to work on a second album together. The plan was to record some acoustic folk rap, a very stripped down affair inspired by a shared love of Johnny Cash, and which Boorer describes as “a MC fronting early Tyrannosaurus Rex.” The album was recorded between London and Boorer’s studio at Serra Vista in Portugal. Serra Vista was also the location for the video, shot by Terry Stephens, for the debut single Painkillers, released 4 April 2011. Painkillers got its first airplay via Janice Long on her Radio 2 show, and was released on Lusty’s Drive By Shouting Records label via download. The duo’s first show was in London at the 12 Bar in April 2010. The album was completed in breaks between Boorer’s hectic touring schedule with Morrissey. The second single Sleep Tight was released on 4 July 2011, with Terry Stephens again directing and filming the video. Both singles received very positive reviews. A short autumn tour took place taking in Birmingham, Manchester, London and Dublin. This Small Town from the upcoming album was released as a teaser track on soundcloud 11 December 2011. Kiss Me Like You Stole It, a track from the as yet to be released album, was released on YouTube as a video. Directed and filmed by David J. Harris, the video is shot in black and white and features scenes from Brighton Rock in the background. The 13 track debut Happy Martyr, One Square Mile, was released on Floating World Records 30 January 2012. A 6-city tour was undertaken 20–28 January in support of the album, visiting Southend, Swindon, Winchester, London, Manchester and Birmingham. The London show featured percussionist Woodie Taylor, who played on Morrissey’s Vauxhall and I. The fourth Happy Martyr single was “Christmas Kisses”, released for download 17 December 2012.
September 2013 saw the release of a new single produced by Markus Kienzl. A short tour followed with Conflict and ex Morrissey drummer Spike Smith playing drums.
On 18 August 2014 the second Happy Martyr album ‘Nothing Like Love’ was released via CD and download on the band’s own Suitcase Records. It was preceded by a video for the track ‘All lies lead to the truth’ shot in and around Camden. Sadly there were no live shows to promote the album due to Boz’s commitments to the Morrissey tour.
In 2016 Lusty and Boorer were breifly reunited when Lusty provided vocals for the track ‘Noizey Fryday’ on Boz’s solo album ‘Age Of Boom’.
In 2012, Lusty returned to rap. The first single, “Self Medication”, was released on his website on 24 September. The video for the single was filmed and edited by Terry Stephens. Lusty continued working on his debut solo album, completing production in the later part of 2012. The second single, “Country Bumpkin”, was released 21 January 2013. The video was again filmed and produced by Terry Stephens, and was released 14 January 2013.
The album ‘Public Mental Breakdown’ was released in February 2013 as a 13 track free download via Lustys website www.alexlusty.com. A third video was taken from the album Bad Places again filmed by Terry Stephens and starred Lusty and Sensi as TV detectives in a spoof of 70s cop shows.
January 2014 saw Lusty released brand new single ‘Where Your At’ which sampled hip hop legend Rakim in the chorus.The video featured British adult actress Michelle Thorne who play Lusty’s therapist.
A new album Meet Uncle Splash was released on both CD and download in February on drive by shouting, again with 13 tracks.
Gigs with Pharorahe Monch, Akala and Ugly Duckling followed to promote it. Also a gig bizarrely at London Fetish fair.
In May 2014 a video for the album’s first track “Just Like Me” was unveiled which featured friends and associates of Lusty.
With Markus Kienzl
In June 2014 Lusty teamed up with Austrian producer and member of seminal electronica act Sofa Surfers to release the 4 track E.P ‘For Gods Sake’ on Fabrique records, A video for the track ‘Terror’ was released as an early taster as well as a video for ‘Well’ which was shot and recorded in Vienna and used to launch the E.P.
Markus asked Lusty to guest on the E.P with him after remixing the Happy Martyr single.
Rats From A Sinking Ship
At the beginning of 2015 Lusty formed another band, Rats From A Sinking Ship with guitarist from Ilkeston Jamie Price. The idea was to form a hard sounding,hard hitting political band. Demo’s were quickly turned into recordings and the debut album ‘Rise As One’ was released on 22 August 2015 on CD and download. Lusty’s ninth studio album release.
The bands live debut came at Cargo in London supporting Pop Will Eat Itself. Rats burst onto the scene with the anti war ‘Kill one kill two’ video. A song that was championed by legendary Phillidelphia rapper Vinnie Paz who went on to make a cameo in the band’s second video release ‘No Nazi’
A third video was made from the album,this time for the title track which featured shocking clips of Police brutality. Gigs followed from Glasgow to Nottingham to Brighton, Sheffield, Gateshead, Canterbury, Manchester, Derby, Coventry, Swindon, Birmingham and the Great British Alternative festival in Skegness.
The album received very positive reviews from the Gingerquiff, the Punk Lounge, New Hellfire Club, Scene Alba, Devolution Magazine, Off the Record and Vive Le Rock Magazine.
Hot on the heels of the Fight the Future album, the band released a limited edition 7 inch vinyl E.P called ‘With Love and Violence’ featuring the lead song and video ‘Love Is The Answer’ as well as the self-explanatory ‘If You Hunt Then You’re A Cunt.’ 2018 also saw the Rats play the infamous Rebellion punk festival in Blackpool to a packed room.
Never ones to gather moss, the band recorded and released album number four with 2019’s ‘We Are Heathen’ this time a collaboration with producer and friend of Lusty, Markus Kienzl. Kienzl added a more electronic feel to the ten-track album, with the two styles complimenting one another nicely. A track and video was recorded with the Birmingham poet and actor, Benjamin Zephaniah, called ‘Looney Left.’
Another four-track E.P followed in March 2020. ‘Nothing Ever Happens’ was a cover and reworking of the Scottish band Del Amitri’s 1989 single. Other tracks on the release included ‘Stop Making Stupid People Famous’ and ‘Corrie 94.’
RFASS released their fifth album ‘Glamorous Terrorists’ on October 31st 2020. The album was recorded entirely during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown with the band not been in the same room once. The Varukers drummer Kev Frost recorded the drums for the band. The first video released from the ten-track LP was the aptly appropriate Covid-19 related ‘Wuhan Calling’ a playful reworking of The Clash’s London Calling.
Another full tour for 2016 took place including supports with S*M*A*S*H and Senser. The band’s second album ‘The Peasants’ Revolt was released on the 17th September on the Drive By Shouting label. The album was launched at a gig at Avant Garde in Glasgow the night of the 17th. The first video released from the album was ‘Hang Him’ an attack on former Prime Minister Tony Blair. A track on the album ‘Fuct Up’ also featured special guest Vinnie Paz.
The next video released from the album was the more acoustic based ‘If You Must Shoot Animals Use A Camera’ with its hard hitting no punches pulled anti trophy hunting message.
In March 2018 the third RFASS album was released. ‘Fight the Future’ featured 12 tracks and was preceded with the video ‘Cursory Rhymes’.
The album was again launched in Glasgow at the Hug and Pint and further dates followed in Kirkcaldy, London, Canterbury, Birmingham, Bradford, Nottingham, Liverpool and Wellingborough. The next video released from the album was the anti Sun newspaper ‘A Disgusting Filthy Rag’ and got the backing of the Total Eclipse of the Sun campaign.
After calling it a day in 2020 RFASS returned with a twenty-two-track retrospective album entitled ‘Now Rat’s What I Call Music’ on September 30th 2022. The LP was a collection of Lusty and Jay’s favourite songs from their five albums and two E.P’s plus two brand-new songs recorded especially for the release, ‘Epilogue’ and ‘Epitaph.’ A video for Epilogue was released to promote the album, which featured clips from all the previously released videos.
The end of 2021 saw the release ‘Sex, Drugs and Cheryl Cole’ under the guise Super Whip. Lusty described the song as a ‘genuine, heartfelt tribute to Miss Chezza’. Lusty first made romantic gestures towards Cheryl in an Acarine interview in Front Magazine in 2003.
And so 2022 saw the latest Lusty project when he teamed up with guitarist and long time friend John Hernandez from El Paso, Texas to fuse Country and Americana along with Lusty’s unique vocal styling. They recruited John’s friend and sometime collaborator Arturo Villalobos on bass. The first fruit of the collective’s endeavours was the single ‘Punches’ and released via download on March 10th 2022.
A second single ‘The Five Past Midnight’ was digitally released a month later before the debut album ‘The Transatlantic Express’ was released on May 5th 2022. The 12 track album received a superb review on the acclaimed website ‘Louder than War’.