One Way System formed in 1979 in Fleetwood, In the North West of England. Their first release was the Stab
the Judge EP, which was released just after a demo of Jerusalem was included on No Future
Records' A Country Fit For Heroes compilation in 1981.
It had taken some time for the line up to settle down as Gavin Whyte on vocals, Dave Ross guitar, Gaz Buckley bass and Tom Couch on drums. In 1982 they were signed by Anagram records and put out their classic Give Us A Future EP. Soon after that they released their first LP, All Systems Go.
The System played a 32 date tour of Germany in support of their second LP, Writing On the Wall. This album was noticably different from the first LP, but it maintained their distinctly gritty sound.
The band broke up after their 1984 American shows. Their were only a few of these because the scheduled West Coast tour was cancelled after the Circle Jerks' singer broke his neck.
One Way System reformed in 1995, and before long they released Live In Breznhev, a 10" recorded live in France on their reunion tour. The record featured several old classics, like Stab the Judge and Jackie Was A Junkie. They should soon be releasing their first new material in 13 years.
Stab the judge / Riot Torn City / Me and You (No Entry WAY-1) - 82
Give us a future / Just another hero (Anagram ANA-1) -82
- re-release: Visionary V706
Jerusalem / Jackie was a junkie (Anagram ANA-5) -82
** LP ** All systems go (Anagram GRAM-003) -83
- later also as CD with bonus tracks (Captain Oi! AHOYCD-14)
Cum on feel the noize / Breakin' In (Anagram ANA-9) -83
This is the age / Into the fire (Anagram ANA-14) -83
** LP ** Writing on the wall (GRAM-008) -83
- later also as CD with bonus tracks (Captain Oi! AHOYCD-21)
Children of the night / Down / Shine again (Anagram ANA-19)
Children of the night / Down / Shine again / Out of mind (12") (Anagram 12ANA-19)
** CD ** Forgotten Generation (the best of) (Cleopatra CLEO96962-CD)
** CD ** The Best of (Anagram CDPUNK-50)
Live In Rennes / ??? () -95
Return in Breizh (10" live)
Leave Me Alone (CD-EP Cleopatra Records) 9/97
Most important tracks on compilations:
A Country Fit for Heros: Jerusalem (No Future OI-3) -81
Punk & Disorderly Volume 3: Give Us A Future (live) ()
The Best of Punk and Disorderly: Jerusalem ()
Total Anarchy: ???
One Way System links:
One Way System
One Way System
One Way System - All-Music Guide
One Way System - Anagram releases
Created by JJu: February 6, 1996
One Way ... or anotherLast Updated: January 13, 1999