Fronted by exuberant vocalist Alison ‘George Cheex’ Roberts, Action Pact originated from Essex and took their musical cues from the likes of The Ramones, The Saints, X-Ray Spex and Penetration. They also wrote about what they saw going on around them, socially and politically.
Their debut was titled Heathrow Touchdown and was released while two of the band were still at school.
The songs London Bouncers and All Purpose Action Footwear were given heavy airplay by BBC disc jockey John Peel and, after completing their first session on his Radio 1 show, the anti-glue-sniffing Suicide Bag was released.
Their debut album, Mercury Theatre – On Air arrived in 1983.
Two more enticing singles – A Question of Choice and Yet Another Dole Queue Song – prefaced the band’s final album, Survival Of The Fattest (1984).
The LP contained another bunch of solid songs, with the upbeat Have Fun best summarising this band’s get up and do it attitude.
George Cheex (Alison Roberts)
Des ‘Wild Planet’
Kim ‘Dr Phibes’ Igoe