OriginNew Mills, Derbyshire, England
GenresOi!, post-punk (later)
Years active1980–2007
LabelsNo Future Records
Blitz Records
SOS Records
Past membersCarl Fisher
Nidge Miller
Charlie Howe
Neil McLennan
Shawn Attack
Jeff the Fallman
Paul Lilley
Neil Hufferdine
Steve Cast
Wayne Thomas
Bryan Scorch
Matt Renicks

Blitz were an English punk rock band from New Mills, Derbyshire, England, formed in 1980 producing albums until 1983.[1][2][3]

Core history

The original Blitz lineup consisted of Carl Fisher (vocals), Charlie Howe (percussion), Nidge Miller (guitar), and Neil "Mackie" McLennan (bass). The band had success in the United Kingdom indie charts in the early 1980s. With both punk and skinhead members, they were enthusiastically championed by Sounds magazine writer Garry Bushell. They had sent him their demo tape early in 1981. Bushell who labeled them Oi!, was impressed enough to put two of their tracks on that year's Carry On Oi compilation, Nation On Fire and Youth. He helped them secure a deal with the record label No Future. When the band slept at his family home on the Ferrier Estate in Kidbrooke, a rough south east London council estate, he recalls them being "freaked out by being in a real concrete jungle" (Bushell On The Rampage).[citation needed] Guitarist Alan "Nidge" Miller would later go on to denounce Bushell,[4] but they reconciled before his death.[citation needed]

The band signed to No Future in 1981, and their first release was the 7" EP All Out Attack. Their debut album Voice of a Generation received a five star review from Bushell in Sounds.

After Fisher and McLennan had a disagreement, Fisher and Howe formed their own band. In 1983 they produced Second Empire Justice on the No Future label with Tim Harris (guitar, keyboards), crediting Mackie.[4] Because of its departure into post punk and new wave characteristics it did not do well with the original Oi! fan audience.[5]The album was commercially unsuccessful at the time, the No Future label sank, because Blitz was their main income, and with it the Fisher and Howe arrangement.[4]

According to Miller, the band split up, because the original members had no interest in "touring, plus they were never really into the music".[6]

Later history

It was Miller alone who produced the 1989 album The Killing Dream playing all instruments (guitars, bass, drums) with Gary Bassnett handling the vocals.[7]

Decades after the original Blitz lineup split,[when?] Miller recruited new members including Paul Lilley on drums and performed concerts under the Blitz moniker. On 10 February 2007, Miller was struck by a car and died on impact when "wandering into the freeway" after a show in Austin, Texas.[8] "With just two dates left on the month-long tour" Alan Paul Nigel Miller was 48 years old when he died.[9]

Fisher moved to Australia, according to Miller, working with computers.[4]

In 2011, bassist Neil "Mackie" McLennan moved to guitar and formed the band "Epic Problem", based in New Mills. They have released two EPs and one full-length album.[citation needed]

Partial discography

Chart placings shown from the UK Indie Chart.[10]


Singles and EPs

Compilation albums

Music videos

Appearances on compilations


  1. ^ Garry Bushell"The Story of Oi!" on his "Features" page, 2000, updated 2009
  2. ^ Blitz : Voice of a Generation - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect
  3. ^ "Blitz: Voice Of A Generation (unofficial Blitz site)". Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Steve Crisispoint "Blitz: The Voice of a Second Generation?" Archived 11 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine - interview, n.d.,
  5. ^ Oliver Sheppard Pioneers of Postpunk, September 10, 2012, accessed 8 Nov 2017
  6. ^ Christopher(SugarBuzz Toronto) Nidge Miller from Blitz SugarBuzz Magazine, n.d.
  7. ^ Blitz. The Killing Dream 2017 Discogs
  8. ^ Man Killed Crossing IH-35 in Buda Fox News Austin, 10 February 2007
  9. ^ Punk Dead; UK punk guitarist killed whilst touring US Songfacts, 22 February 2007
  10. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1999. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 0-9517206-9-4.