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The Adicts (GB)



The Adicts are a British punk band from Ipswich, Suffolk, England. One of the most popular punk rock bands in the 1980s, they were often in the indie charts during that decade.

The Adicts originated as Afterbirth & the Pinz in late 1975. They soon changed their name to the Adicts and became known for their distinctive Clockwork Orange "droog" image. "droog" is a word derived from fictional Nadsat language, meaning "Friend" (a combination of Russian and English). which along with their urgent, uptempo music and light-hearted lyrics, helped set them apart from other punk bands. In the 1980s, they temporarily changed their name to Fun Adicts (for a children's TV appearance) and then ADX (after signing to a major label).

Their music has catchy melodies and lyrics, and often features extra instruments and sound clips, such as carousel music in "How Sad", violin played by Derick Cook in "Joker in the Pack", and gongs and keyboard percussion by Anthony Boyd in "Chinese Takeaway".

The musicians wear all-white clothing with black boots and black bowler hats. The singer, Keith "Monkey" Warren, wears joker makeup, wildly patterned suits (such as checkerboard or polka dot), flared trousers, colorful dress shirts, bowler hat and gloves. The band's visual look is complemented by their stage shows, involving items such as streamers, confetti, playing cards, beach balls, joker hats, toy instruments, bubbles and glitter.

Still an active and popular live act, the Adicts appeared at the 2012 Punk Rock Bowling music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The Adicts (engl. eigentlich addicts, deut.: die Süchtigen) ist eine Punkband aus Ipswich, Großbritannien. Sie wurden 1975 gegründet und spielen noch heute in ihrer Originalbesetzung. Sie nennen sich selbst die am längsten existierende Punkband mit Originalbesetzung.

Bei ihrer Gründung 1975 nannte sich die Band anfangs Afterbirth, später The Pintz. Im Jahre 1977, durch Stanley Kubricks Film Clockwork Orange inspiriert, änderten sie ihren Namen in The Adicts. Da es schon eine Band mit dem Namen Addicts gab, ließen sie einfach ein d weg.

Die Mitglieder übernahmen den Stil und das Aussehen, also weiße Kleidung und schwarz-weiß geschminkte Gesichter, der „Clockwork Orange“-Gang rund um Alex. 2009 und 2017 begleiteten The Adicts als Vorgruppe die Deutschland-Tournee von den Toten Hosen.