In the early 1980s the New Romantics scene had dissipated. The underground hipsters had moved on. The fasion had hit the High Streets and the likes of Spandau Ballet and Visage were appearing on Top Of The Pops. What took its place in the underground clubs was a gothic punk scene. The likes of Sex Gang Children, The Specimen and Alien Sex Fiend were making a scene; and the place to be seen was the famous Batcave Club in London, where Nik Wade (AKA Nik Fiend) happened to worked.
Alien Sex Fiend were formed by Nik Wade (Nik Fiend), Christine Wade (Mrs. Fiend), David James (Yaxi Highrizer) and Johnny Freshwater (Johnny Ha-Ha) in 1982 at The Batcave.
The band soon became known in the emerging gothic rock scene for its dark, electronic industrial-leaning sound, heavy samples and loops. They stood out from other bands in that goth punk scene and were ahead of their time in their use of synthesizers, loops and their fusing of industrial sounds with electro beats. They quickly built a loyal fan base from their exciting live performances.
In 1983 they released a cassette (The Lewd, the Mad, the Ugly and Old Nick) produced by Youth (Killing Joke). In the same year, they released the track “R.I.P.” on the Batcave Club compilation, The Batcave: Young Limbs and Numb Hymns. That year they signed to the Cherry Red subsidiary label Anagram, and released their first single, “Ignore the Machine” and the critically acclaimed debut album, Who’s Been Sleeping in My Brain.
The following year, they recorded two John Peel Sessions for the BBC. They managed to outstay the gothic scene and watched their contemporaries fall away before them. But by 1987 they were reduced to a duo as Mr & Mrs Fiend continued to record under the name, even though by now, their most popular days were behind them.
Alien Sex Fiend – New Christian Music
No less than 12 studio albums later, the latest being Death Trip (2010), Nik Wade (Nik Fiend) & Christine Wade (Mrs. Fiend) continue to record and perform live as Alien Sex Fiend.
In February 2015 Cherry Red Records released a 4 CD box set entitled Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection containing the first 4 albums – Who’s Been Sleeping In my Brain, Acid Bath, Maximum Security and It. The box set also includes single mixes, b-sides, rarities and six previously unreleased John Peel session recordings.
Alien Sex Fiend – I Am A Product
Recorded at the Brixton Fridge in September 1984
Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection Box Set tracklisting:
WHO’S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BRAIN?
1. WISH I WOZ A DOG
2. WILD WOMEN
3. I’M NOT MAD
4. NEW CHRISTIAN MUSIC
5. WIGWAM WIPE OUT
6. I’M HER FRANKENSTEIN
7. I AM A PRODUCT
8. IGNORE THE MACHINE
9. LIPS CAN’T GO
10. BLACK RABBIT
11. UNDER THE THUNDER (IGNORE THE DUB)
12. 30 SECOND COMA
13. RIP (BLUE CRUMB TRUCK)
14. NEW CHRISTIAN MUSIC (SINGLE VERSION)
1. IN GOD WE TRUST (IN CARS YOU
3. DEAD AND RE-BURIED
4. SHE’S A KILLER
5. HEE-HAW (HERE COME THE BONE
7. SMOKE MY BONES
8. BREAKDOWN AND CRY (LAY DOWN &
9. E.S.T. (TRIP TO THE MOON)
10. ATTACK!!!!!! #2
10. DEAD AND BURIED
12. BONESHAKER BABY
13. I AM A PRODUCT (LIVE)
1. I’M DOING TIME IN A MAXIMUM SECURITY TWILIGHT HOME
2. MINE’S FULL OF MAGGOTS
3. DO YOU SLEEP
4. IN AND OUT OF MY MIND
6. FLY IN THE OINTMENT
7. SECONDS TO NOWHERE
8. THE BEAVER DESTROYS FORESTS
9. DO YOU SLEEP (VERSION)
10. DEPRAVITY LANE (THINK I’LL TAKE A TRIP…)
11. IGNORE THE MACHINE (ELECTRODE MIX)
12. ATTACK!!!!! (LIVE AT THE BBC)
13. DEAD AND BURIED (LIVE AT THE BBC)
14. HEE-HAW (LIVE AT THE BBC)
15. IGNORE THE MACHINE (LIVE AT THE BBC)
“IT” THE ALBUM
1. SMELLS LIKE…
2. MANIC DEPRESSION
3. BELIEVE IT OR NOT
4. APRIL SHOWERS / WOP-BOP
5. GET INTO IT
6. LESSON ONE
7. DO IT RIGHT
8. TO BE CONTINUED…
9. BUGGIN’ ME
10. I WALK THE LINE
11. HERE SHE COMES
12. CAN’T STOP SMOKING
13. IN GOD WE TRUST (LIVE AT THE BBC)
14. E.S.T. (LIVE AT THE BBC)
Alien Sex Fiend – I Walk The Line
Alien Sex Fiend – Classic Albums and BBC Sessions Collection 4CD Box Set is released by Cherry Red Records.