Wat Tyler

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UK punk band from London

Also used the name The Brothers Wat

Annotation last modified on 2008-01-04 19:09 UTC.


Wat Tyler were an English punk/novelty band of the late 1980s and 1990s, fronted by Sean Forbes alongside Simon Tucker and Smithy. The band were known for their eclectic style, political commentary, surreal humour, and inside jokes, and produced a number of EPs and albums on different labels, including their own Rugger Bugger imprint and Lookout! Records.

Wat Tyler evolved from early 80s anarcho-punk band 4 Minute Warning, and were performing gigs by 1986. Debut EP Contemporary Farming Issues was released in 1989 and included "Hops and Barley", later covered by and a live favourite for Leatherface. In 1993 their Madonna-parodying EP "Sexless" was made single of the week in NME and Kerrang! as well as giving the band national press exposure and a top ten indie chart hit.

1995's Tummy compilation was also released on Lookout! Records (US) and Gap Recordings (Netherlands). Its title and cover parodied Portishead's Dummy. Final album proper The Fat of the Band did the same for The Prodigy's 1997 album. Wat Tyler released their last record in 2002.

Forbes had earlier formed The Phantom Pregnancies with Karen Hill (Huggy Bear) and Delia Sparrow (Mambo Taxi); they released several singles and an album between 1994 and 1996. Forbes also formed mock Oi! band Hard Skin around this time, along with Ben Corrigan of Thatcher on Acid, and (initially) Chris Acland of Lush, and their debut 1996 album was followed by a second in 2004 and an acclaimed two-album release in 2013. Forbes curated compilation albums for Rough Trade Records, including Post Punk 01 (2003) and Indiepop (2004) and found internet fame as Record Shop Dude in 2012 with a series of videos for Vice magazine's Noisey.com YouTube channel.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Bavarian Drinking Songs Wat Tyler 1
1992 Yurp Thing (Squib / Magarine Walker) Wat Tyler / Thatcher on Acid 2
1996 Dull Sports No. 4: American Football Wat Tyler / Xpensive Dogs 1
1998 The Fat of the Band Wat Tyler 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles: The Seedy Side of... Wat Tyler 1
1995 Tummy Wat Tyler 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Alive in Ireland Wat Tyler / Ex-Cathedra / Jesse / The Kabinboy 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Rude Girls Wat Tyler 1
1993 Wat Tyler / Helen Love Wat Tyler / Helen Love 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Contemporary Farming Issues Wat Tyler 1
1990 Appetite for Axl Wat Tyler 1
1992 Wat Tyler / Leatherface Wat Tyler / Leatherface 1
1993 And They Call It Puppy Love Wat Tyler 1
1993 Sexless Wat Tyler 1
1994 Extra Shite Poos Explosion Wat Tyler / J Church 1
1994 I Wanna Be Billie Joe Wat Tyler 1
1994 Wat Tyler / Mambo Taxi Wat Tyler / Mambo Taxi 1
1995 Wat Tyler vs. Monkhouse Wat Tyler vs. Monkhouse 1
1996 The Little People Wat Tyler 1
1997 Wat Tyler / J Church Wat Tyler / J Church 1
1998 Wat Tyler / Freaks Union Wat Tyler / Freaks Union 1
2000 Mr Crust Wat Tyler 1
2000 The Vicar and I Wat Tyler 1

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