Fuelled by attitude, this garage punk band from Leicester brought the genre to the forefront of the British Music scene during their short career. Crazyhead fought off media tags like ‘grebo’, and associations with The Ramones in order to create their own unique sound, carving a place for their music. Despite this, the band describe themselves as an “urban bastard blues band”, more fitting with their lyrical themes. Often featuring trenchant social commentary or surreal, there was always a hint of black humour in the lyrics.
Formed in 1986, they signed to the independent record label, Food, later that year. Crazyhead’s début single, “What Gives You The Idea That You’re So Amazing, Baby?”, reached number 2 in the UK Indie Chart in March 1987. For the rest of the year they toured extensively, supporting The Cult, then Julian Cope, and also played Glastonbury Festival. Their second single “Baby Turpentine” reached number 4 in the Indie Chart.
The band’s tremendous rise to prominence, releasing 3 more singles from the upcoming album, before the Food label partnered with EMI. Deser Orchid was released in 1988, but failed to live up to the expectations set by their earlier releases. Crazyhead went on to release two more EPs, fitting around their relentless touring schedule, before they were, unfortunately, dropped by Food ahead of releasing their second album.
Some Kind of Fever was released through Revolver Records. In 1992 they gigged across Europe, and in 1993 embarked on a tour of the UK to promote an album of cover versions, Live in Memphis, even though the deal to release it fell through.