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Thee Headcoats was a band formed in Chatham, Kent, England in 1989, that was well known for its garage rock sound, explicitly sticking to this style on almost all of their albums The band's signature sound as well as their prolific writing has been attributed to Billy Childish's love of simple, direct recording The band has been on multiple labels including Billy's own Hangman Records, Damaged Goods and Sub Pop

The band played their final concert on 12 May 2000 at the Dirty Water Club Childish went on to play with other bands including The Buff Medways 1999 to 2006 and The Musicians of The British Empire 2007 to 2011


  • 1 Lineup
  • 2 Repertoire and influence
  • 3 Discography
    • 31 Studio albums
    • 32 Compilations and live
  • 4 See also
  • 5 External links
  • 6 References


The band was composed of Billy Childish guitar and vocals, Bruce Brand drums and backing vocals, and Johnny Johnson bass The band is the most prolific of Childish's many musical projects so far, releasing fourteen full-length albums

The group originally featured Allan Crockford ex-The Prisoners credited as Krojack on the first LP, Headcoats Down, followed by John Agnew ex-Thee Mighty Caesars then Ollie Dolat co-founder of The Squares and founder of Mr Zero on bass before Johnson joined

Thee Headcoatees, an all-female vocal group consisting of Holly Golightly, Kyra LaRubia, Ludella Black, and until leaving in 1999 Bongo Debbie, would often perform live with Thee Headcoats, and recorded several LPs with them as backing band The band also recorded two albums as Thee Headcoats Sect, with members of The Downliners Sect

Repertoire and influence

Described in the New York Times as 'the king of garage rock', Thee Headcoats had their roots in the British punk scene of the 1970s both Billy and Bruce playing in The Pop Rivets and The Milkshakes The band recorded songs by The Clash under the pseudonym Thee Stash The band also recorded tribute albums to Bo Diddley and Jimmy Reed Their debut album featured new versions of songs recorded by Son House including "John the Revelator" and "Child's Death Letter", both of which were later covered by The White Stripes upon whom Billy and Thee Headcoats were a great influence These influences give a good indication of the band's sound; punk mixed with pure rhythmic rock 'n' roll and blues


Studio albums

  • Headcoats Down! 1989
  • The Earls of Suavedom 1990
  • The Kids Are All Square- This Is Hip! 1990
  • Beach Bums Must Die 1990
  • Heavens to Murgatroyd, Even! It’s Thee Headcoats! Already 1990
  • WOAH! Bo in Thee Garage 1991
  • Headcoatitude 1991
  • The Good Times Are Killing Me 1993
  • Thee Headcoats Conundrum 1994
  • In Tweed We Trust 1996
  • Deerstalking Men 1996
  • Knights of the Baskervilles 1996
  • The Jimmy Reed Experience 1997
  • The Messerschmitt Pilot's Severed Hand 1998
  • Brother is Dead… But Fly is Gone! 1998
  • 17% - Hendrix Was Not the Only Musician 1998
  • Ready Sect Go! 1999
  • I Am the Object of Your Desire 2000

Compilations and live

  • The Wurst is Yet to Come 1993
  • Live at the Wild Western Room 1994
  • The Sounds of the Baskervilles 1995
  • Thee Headcoats Best: Sherlock Holmes Meets the Punkenstein Monster 1998
  • Thee English Gentlemen of Rock & Roll: Thee Headcoats Best Vol II 1999
  • Elementary Headcoats – Thee Singles 1990-1999 2001
  • Live at the Dirty Water Club 2001

See also

  • Billy Childish
  • Medway groups

External links

  • Official Billy Childish website
  • Headcoats discography - Discogs
  • Headcoats singles discography - 45cat


  1. ^ Erik Hage "Thee Headcoats | Biography & History" AllMusic Retrieved 2016-07-31 
  2. ^ "Thee Headcoats on Sub Pop Records" Subpopcom Retrieved 2016-07-31 
  3. ^ "Thee Headcoats" Damaged Goods Retrieved 2016-07-31 
  4. ^ "Thee Stash Discography - UK" 45catcom Retrieved 2016-07-31 
  5. ^ Dan Kilian 2001-09-16 "Thee Headcoats: Headcoats Down! Album Review" Pitchfork Retrieved 2016-07-31 
  6. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 16 March 2005 Retrieved 2005-08-26 
  7. ^ "Music - Review of Thee Headcoats - The Kids Are All Square – This Is Hip!" BBC 2011-12-05 Retrieved 2016-07-31 
  8. ^ Bruce Eder "Headcoatitude - Thee Headcoats | Songs, Reviews, Credits" AllMusic Retrieved 2016-07-31 
  9. ^ Ned Raggett "Conundrum - Thee Headcoats | Songs, Reviews, Credits" AllMusic Retrieved 2016-07-31 
  10. ^ Adam Bregman 1996-10-08 "Knights of the Baskervilles - Thee Headcoats | Songs, Reviews, Credits" AllMusic Retrieved 2016-07-31 
  11. ^ Andrew Helminger 1997-03-22 "The Messerschmitt Pilot's Severed Hand - Thee Headcoats | Songs, Reviews, Credits" AllMusic Retrieved 2016-07-31 
  12. ^ Paula Carino 2000-09-05 "Elementary - Thee Headcoats | Songs, Reviews, Credits" AllMusic Retrieved 2016-07-31 

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