Split Beaver were always going to be a band that divided opinion: this seems to be stating the obvious when you look at what they chose to use as a name, especially when this goes hand in hand with their album cover (which even now causes us at Heavy Metal Records problems with censorship). However, take a look at people’s varying opinions of the band, they will either state that Split Beaver are the most underrated band to have come from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, or that they are the worst. There is simply no middle ground with Split Beaver, they are the definition of a Marmite band, you either love them or hate them: it just so happens that Heavy Metal Records loved them enough to sign them at the start of the 1980s.
The band originated in Wolverhampton at the tail end of the 1970s, and were one of the earliest bands to attract attention from Heavy Metal Records, as you can tell by their catalogue numbers: their single, “Savage,” was released in 1981 (HEAVY7) and their album “When Hell Won’t Have You” was released in 1982 (HMR3.) The members of the band were: Darrell “Savage” Whitehouse (Vocals); Mike “The Bike” Hoppett (Guitar); Alan “Hunk” Reese (Bass) and Keith Allen on drums. Unfortunately, the band didn’t release anything further after “When Hell Won’t Have You,” and became inactive at some point during the late 1980s.