THE EXPLOITED

Hardcore Punk / Crossover Thrash • United Kingdom
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The Exploited are a seminal hardcore punk rock band from the second wave of U.K. punk rock.

In their early years they formed an integral part of the anarchist movement, though their later albums (from 1987 on) are considered to be crossover thrash.

Formed in early 1980 in Edinburgh by ex soldier Wattie Buchan, they signed to Secret Records in March 1981 and released debut Ep army life. The influential album Punk's Not Dead followed the same year. Despite seemingly constant line-up changes since their inception, the band has managed to maintain, develop, and evolve a highly influential style of punk. Frontman Wattie Buchan has led the many members through over 20 years of constant gigging and recording, creating a worldwide following in the process.

Many fans have noted steady increase in thrashiness can be tracked through the band's history. Their later recordings have been seen as crossing into the realm
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THE EXPLOITED albums / top albums

THE EXPLOITED Punks Not Dead album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Punks Not Dead
Hardcore Punk 1981
THE EXPLOITED Troops of Tomorrow album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Troops of Tomorrow
Hardcore Punk 1982
THE EXPLOITED Let's Start a War... Said Maggie One Day album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Let's Start a War... Said Maggie One Day
Hardcore Punk 1983
THE EXPLOITED Horror Epics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Horror Epics
Hardcore Punk 1986
THE EXPLOITED Death Before Dishonour album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Death Before Dishonour
Hardcore Punk 1987
THE EXPLOITED The Massacre album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Massacre
Crossover Thrash 1990
THE EXPLOITED Beat The Bastards album cover 3.93 | 5 ratings
Beat The Bastards
Crossover Thrash 1996
THE EXPLOITED Fuck The System album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fuck The System
Crossover Thrash 2002

THE EXPLOITED EPs & splits

THE EXPLOITED Don't Let 'Em Grind You Down album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Let 'Em Grind You Down
Hardcore Punk 1981
THE EXPLOITED Britannia Waives the Rules album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Britannia Waives the Rules
Hardcore Punk 1982
THE EXPLOITED Rival Leaders EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rival Leaders EP
Hardcore Punk 1983
THE EXPLOITED Archive4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Archive4
Hardcore Punk 1986
THE EXPLOITED Jesus Is Dead EP album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jesus Is Dead EP
Hardcore Punk 1986
THE EXPLOITED War Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
War Now
Hardcore Punk 1988
THE EXPLOITED Punks Alive! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Punks Alive!
Hardcore Punk 1988
THE EXPLOITED Apocalypse Punk Tour 1981 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Apocalypse Punk Tour 1981
Hardcore Punk 1992
THE EXPLOITED Secret Records (The Best and the Rest) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Secret Records (The Best and the Rest)
Hardcore Punk 1997
THE EXPLOITED Magma '09 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magma '09
Hardcore Punk 2009

THE EXPLOITED live albums

THE EXPLOITED On Stage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On Stage
Hardcore Punk 1981
THE EXPLOITED Live At The Whitehouse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The Whitehouse
Hardcore Punk 1985
THE EXPLOITED Live and Loud album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live and Loud
Hardcore Punk 1987
THE EXPLOITED Apocalypse Tour 1981 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Apocalypse Tour 1981
Hardcore Punk 1987
THE EXPLOITED Live Lewd Lust album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Lewd Lust
Hardcore Punk 1989
THE EXPLOITED Live in Japan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Japan
Hardcore Punk 1991
THE EXPLOITED Don't Forget the Chaos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Forget the Chaos
Hardcore Punk 1992
THE EXPLOITED Live At Leeds '83 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Leeds '83
Hardcore Punk 2007

THE EXPLOITED demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

THE EXPLOITED Exploited album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Exploited
Hardcore Punk 1980
THE EXPLOITED Troops of Tomorrow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Troops of Tomorrow
Hardcore Punk 1982

THE EXPLOITED re-issues & compilations

THE EXPLOITED Totally Exploited album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Totally Exploited
Hardcore Punk 1984
THE EXPLOITED Fool's Gold! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fool's Gold!
Hardcore Punk 1986
THE EXPLOITED Castle Masters Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Castle Masters Collection
Hardcore Punk 1990
THE EXPLOITED Let's Start a War / Horror Epics album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Let's Start a War / Horror Epics
Hardcore Punk 1991
THE EXPLOITED Let's Start a War / Live and Loud!! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Let's Start a War / Live and Loud!!
Hardcore Punk 1991
THE EXPLOITED On Stage / Live at the Whitehouse album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On Stage / Live at the Whitehouse
Hardcore Punk 1991
THE EXPLOITED Apocalypse '77 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Apocalypse '77
Hardcore Punk 1992
THE EXPLOITED Singles Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Singles Collection
Hardcore Punk 1994
THE EXPLOITED Totally Exploited / Live in Japan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Totally Exploited / Live in Japan
Hardcore Punk 1997
THE EXPLOITED Dead Cities album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dead Cities
Hardcore Punk 2000
THE EXPLOITED Totally Exploited / Live Lewd Lust album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Totally Exploited / Live Lewd Lust
Hardcore Punk 2001
THE EXPLOITED Punk Singles & Rarities 1980-83 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Punk Singles & Rarities 1980-83
Hardcore Punk 2001
THE EXPLOITED Twenty Five Years of Anarchy and Chaos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Twenty Five Years of Anarchy and Chaos
Hardcore Punk 2004
THE EXPLOITED Complete Punk Singles Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Punk Singles Collection
Hardcore Punk 2005
THE EXPLOITED The Box album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Box
Hardcore Punk 2006
THE EXPLOITED Troops of Tomorrow / Apocalypse Tour 1981 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Troops of Tomorrow / Apocalypse Tour 1981
Hardcore Punk 2008
THE EXPLOITED Punks Not Dead / On Stage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Punks Not Dead / On Stage
Hardcore Punk 2008
THE EXPLOITED Exploited Barmy Army - The Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Exploited Barmy Army - The Collection
Hardcore Punk 2013

THE EXPLOITED singles (7)

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Army Life
Hardcore Punk 1980
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Exploited Barmy Army
Hardcore Punk 1980
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Dogs of War
Hardcore Punk 1981
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Dead Cities
Hardcore Punk 1981
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Attack / Alternative
Hardcore Punk 1982
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Computers Don't Blunder
Hardcore Punk 1982
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Race Against Time
Hardcore Punk 2007

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Live at the Palm Cove
Hardcore Punk 1983
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Sexual Favours
Hardcore Punk 1987
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1983-87
Hardcore Punk 1993
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Live in Japan
Hardcore Punk 1993
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Rock & Roll Outlaws
Hardcore Punk 1995
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Alive at Leeds
Hardcore Punk 1995
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Buenos aires 93
Hardcore Punk 1996
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Rock & Roll Outlaws plus Sexual Favours
Hardcore Punk 2001
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Beat 'Em All
Hardcore Punk 2004
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Live at the Palm Cove & 83-87
Hardcore Punk 2004
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Live in Japan & Argentina
Hardcore Punk 2006
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Punk's Not Dead
Hardcore Punk 2008

THE EXPLOITED Reviews

THE EXPLOITED The Massacre

Album · 1990 · Crossover Thrash
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Vim Fuego
I bought this album in 1991 on the same day I bought Metallica's "Black" album. Guess which one of the two I go back to now and again? Here’s a hint: it doesn’t have “Enter Sandman” on it.

This album should appeal to any thrash fans disappointed by the direction taken by Metallica et al., along with punkers in the GBH/Discharge mould. Musically, it's straight ahead three chord, no–time–for–solos, high speed dirty rough punk rock. You're not going to get any acoustic ballads out of The Exploited. Thank fuck for that!

If your idea of punk is Green Day, Blink 182, or The Offspring, this will make you piss your pants, and run for the comfort of your mother's apron. Gone are the sweet little melodies crafted in the Californian sun. There are no songs about girlfriends (well, unless you count “Porno Slut”…), teenage problems, or fucking dogs. This is pure anger, spat out with an almost unequalled fury. Mohawked punk legend Wattie is a man who knows the inside of a prison cell and has experienced the stark, brutal realities of life. And he knows just who to blame for it– the governments of the world, and their militaristic puppets in the police force and army. The song titles — “Boys in Blue”, “Dog Soldier”, “Fuck Religion”, “Police Shit”, “Stop the Slaughter” — leave little doubt who they're aimed at.

While Wattie and his crew are no angels, there are certain members of society which sicken them. “Sick Bastard” has paedophiles and those who brutalise the elderly fair in its sights. “Don't Pay The Poll Tax” is another highlight. While the tax has been forgotten as a bad joke, hearing Wattie urge listeners to "Stick it up her ass" referring to Margaret Thatcher, remains as a highlight of the album. It leaves rather a disturbing mental image though…

If you want pure unbridled anger, skip the death metal section and go with this. This IS punk.

THE EXPLOITED Beat The Bastards

Album · 1996 · Crossover Thrash
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Vim Fuego
Punk was a mouthpiece for the disaffected of the late 70s which got hijacked by bored middle class teens. While most bands broke up or changed directions in the early 80s, an energetic anger filled young outfit was just starting out. Fifteen years after their humble beginnings in the punk underground, The Exploited unleashed the aural hurricane of ‘Beat The Bastards’ on an unsuspecting world.

Margaret Thatcher and the Tories were history. Unemployment was not the problem it had once been. Britain as a whole seemed a much happier place to live in than in 1981. But was it? After 15 years in the anarchy business, Exploited main man Wattie Buchan had developed anti–rose coloured glasses, seeing problems and societal decay where others saw happiness and light. The police were still getting up Wattie's nose. "There's a law for the rich/A law for people like you and me", "Nazi law, Tory law/It's just the fucking same" and "Police TV/Categorising me" leave the listener in no doubt of Wattie's feelings toward the old bill and the justice system. And while Maggie Thatcher was no longer in power, the Tories still were. Crime, corruption, poverty, unemployment, even depression all came to bear under Wattie's astute semi–sociological gaze.

The Exploited were never going to be a band to go pop, like say The Clash or The Buzzcocks. Instead, the sound has been beefed up considerably for this album thanks to a Colin Richardson production job. The riffs here are simple and as punk as ever, but the added depth and crunch in the sound lead to a thrash metal feel to the whole thing. There is the odd sparse solo, and some excellent scene setting samples (especially on “Massacre Of Innocents”), but the music is really just a backdrop to emphasise Wattie's distinctive well worn shout. And what a shout it is. None of the anger had dissipated from his voice after 15 years. If anything, the vocals were stronger and clearer than ever.

Always consistent and always angry, The Exploited produced one of the most memorable albums of the mid 1990s. Punk's not dead. There's plenty of bite left in the old bastard yet.

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