Flux of Pink Indians - Strive To Survive (Cover Artwork)

Flux of Pink Indians

Flux of Pink Indians: Strive To SurviveStrive To Survive (1982)
Spiderleg/One Little Indian

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Flux of Pink Indians were probably one of the most ignored punk bands in history. They released countless albums during the 1980s and were hugely responsible for the continuation and growth of both hardcore punk and Oi!, yet receive nearly no recognition. Strive to Survive was their first full lengt.
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Flux of Pink Indians were probably one of the most ignored punk bands in history. They released countless albums during the 1980s and were hugely responsible for the continuation and growth of both hardcore punk and Oi!, yet receive nearly no recognition. Strive to Survive was their first full length and stands as the most accurate portrayal of this weirdly intriguing band.

Their name most likely turned off legions of punk followers, not really because it comes across as homosexual, but because it just sounds -nothing- like a punk band's name. Despite that, this band was probably more punk than half the bands they shared their scene with in England during the 1980s.

Seconds into Strive to Survive you'll notice striking similarities to numerous bands, most of which came after this group had already disbanded. Most importantly, Operation Ivy shares a lot in common with this band (well, except there's no elements of ska, but you can see where it could easily be placed in with the music and be pulled off), mostly because of the vocals and the bad recording quality. They also sound quite like The Business and Reagan Youth (both of which formed around the same time as this band), making Strive to Survive a pretty interesting listen.

All of the tracks on this album are classic examples of 80's punk rock, so it's hard to pick the best. "T.V. Dinners" is as great a march song as they come, however, and "Charity Hilarity" stands out as being one of the best tracks this band has to offer. The rest of the album really rings of the same tune, but that was okay during punk's hayday because it never sounded rehashed or forced. Even if it was forced, the band did a great job of concealing it -- and Strive to Survive is one of the 15 best punk albums of all time because of that.

[This album is long out of print, but it was re-released in 2000 by some small label. I don't know how you can get it, but if you're a true punk fan you'll find a way. Hell, I doubt the band would even care if you downloaded it or stole it, so go try either. And once you do, sit back and enjoy the riot.]


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Arto (April 28, 2008)

Flux Of Pink Indians did NOT sound a bit like Operation Ivy, or The Business, or Reagan Youth. I should know that, as I've spent lot of time listening to all those bands. Sounds like Operation Ivy? Geez...!

Anyway, Flux Of Pink Indians' first album is an anarcho punk master piece, as well as all the classics by Crass, The Mob, Conflict, Rudimentary Peni, Subhumans etc. Enough said.

Stevybow (August 7, 2007)

Flux were simply superb, they brought a level of malvolence & anger to their music that has not been surpassed.

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Anonymous (February 12, 2006)

Flux of pink indians Kick so much ass they ar emy favoret band right next to crass

Anonymous (January 19, 2006)

Fucking Amazing album

Anonymous (December 20, 2005)

flux of pink indians were second only to crass in punk music and ideals strive to survive is a much under rated vinal as are the band as a whole kids who think theyre listerning to punk when theyve got green day or good charlotte on their cd player should step back and listern this and find out what punk was really all about

feeeding5000 (December 4, 2005)

Very easy to find, I bought it at Tower fucking records. great album, it sounds like no other punk band of the time, not even Crass. Later, they did sort of techno-dance-funk.

lamf35 (August 2, 2005)

That has to be the Biggest pile of shit review I have ever read, Flux Were absolutely fuck all like any of the bands you mention, I wouldn't even use the same breath to even compare them, I Saw the Likes of Flux/Crass/Dirt/Subhumans/Conflict/Mob/Zounds, in fact I think I have basically seen every band that appeared on the Crass label. So to compare them to anything other than the early 80's anarcho punk bands is fucking ludicrous.
I bought this album in it's week of release when I was about 15 years old, I have listened to it thousands of times, I have changed dramaticaly as a person from my punk days as a youth, but the sentiments in these songs still hold true for me today, I still refuse to eat meat and wear leather. Released again later on CD still available from places like amazon.co.uk
a classic album that should be in everyones collection.

Anonymous (May 13, 2005)

My Uncle is derek Birkett. His Music is Great. His ran One Little Indian Ltd.

Anonymous (October 19, 2004)

well your obviously not thinking about the name enough to understand it. cause its not just another dictionary term for rebelling or defying.
Also i'd never compare this band to op ivy at ALL. nor the business or reagan youth. and they most certianly didn't help the oi scene, as a matter of fact you would know that they often make fun of punks, but i guess you didnt notice that in any of there songs.

these guys go way back, before subhumans and about the same time crass but its hard to say since they were so unknown.

you scum

Anonymous (September 10, 2004)

flux is great however they did not contribute to the oi scene and sound nothing like operation ivy or the business

soulbleed (February 26, 2004)

i must admit that last comment was pretty funny. maybe op-ivy was stretching it for most people, but i don't think so. i think op-ivy listened to this band a lot.

notfeelingcreative (January 22, 2004)

Come on guys use your imaginations! If you add elements of ska, and replace all of the members with Jesse Michaels, Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman and Dave Mello, flux of pink indians would sound exactly like opiv!!!

Anonymous (January 22, 2004)

did you just compare this to opivy. wow

AdamSocial (January 20, 2004)

This score is for people that don't bathe, in an attempt to subvert the system.


Anonymous (January 19, 2004)

Where the hell did the op ivy comparison come from . You sir, need to check your hearing.

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

i love this band, im so surprised they are on this site, kick ass. i would consider them a crass band, and definately more innovative than most, this is a great album to pick up.

rage (January 17, 2004)

hell yea.

NightxTime (January 16, 2004)

Awesome. I like this band and this review.

notfeelingcreative (January 16, 2004)

About time someone reviewed this band!

Anonymous (January 16, 2004)

Good band, great album.


TheOneTrueBill (January 16, 2004)

"A true punk fan... finds a way" Iann Malcom

ilikebandssuchasopivy (January 16, 2004)


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