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The ANGELS of DEATH
Petra Corren, 1990Formed: Carmarthen, Wales, 1980 by JOHN CRAVEN, as a backing band for a tour. In addition to Craven-duties, they had a solo career and became moderately successful in the late 80s. Style: Angry New Wave outfit with the acid tongue of PETRA CORREN mainly at the helm. The band shook off the Newsround baggage in 1992 when they changed their name to CYFEB. This new incarnation was not much different to before, but in Welsh, and more political. Cyfeb rested while Petra started a family, before reforming as DIWYDIANFA. This third coming combined the previous sound with tape effects and hip-hop elements. PETRA AND POLAWSKI on the other hand were moody (and at times slightly scary) early 80s electronica. Songwriters: all group penned. Trivia: Sleevenote from their1991 LP: "The following DJs will NOT be terminated: John Peel."

Recommended: We Eat Pandas (*6), Ten DJs We Want Dead (*5), Ysig (*5), Cancr (*5)

STEVE HILLAGE (ex-GONG, ex-JOHN CRAVEN)- guitar, vocals / NOEL EDMONDS (aka CARL WHITTINGTON) - keyboards / MAGGIE PHILBIN (aka PETRA CORREN)(ex-DIRYWIO) - bass, vocals / KEITH CHEGWIN (aka DEWI NEWBOLD) (ex-DIRYWIO) -drums

This line-up acted as the backing group for JOHN CRAVEN on the 1981 album DEATH OF THE CRAVEN ANGEL.

HILLAGE left after the album and was replaced for live duties by WARREN SMITH (ex-THE SEED) -guitars, vocals, who joined full time in 1982 under the psuedonym POSHPAWS.

In 1983, CORREN has a side project:

PETRA AND POLAWSKI
PETRA CORREN - bass, keyboards, vocals / ADRIAN MOONEY (ex-THE SEED) - keyboards, guitars, synths, vocals, etc
Aug '83 (7" - 7PP1) MIGHT NOT WORK / UNCHECKED THEOREM
In '84, the Angels do some more backing work for JOHN CRAVEN (see his entry) on SONGS TO SCREAM AT, with WHITTINGTON being replaced by MOONEY, and NEWBOLD being replaced by CHRIS HOLLAND (ex-GORWEL EDWARDS / ex-THE SEED / ex-CATHY CARROW). This is followed by more touring, with THE ANGELS OF DEATH supporting and backing Craven.

WHITTINGTON goes on to form the MOISTURE FARMERS.

Then Petra and Polawski release:

Nov '86 (7" - 7PP2) MISCALCULATE / REDIRECT
Now it is time for the Angels to release some records:
THE ANGELS OF DEATH
New pseudonyms introduced: MOONEY = ROGER FINN; SMITH = REG TURNILL; HOLLAND = PAUL MCDOWELL
Mar '87 (7" - 7AD1) MIASMA / BITE ME, I'M YOURS
Sep '87 (7" - 7AD2) HELENA'S DEAD / PAULA YATES (FUCK OFF)
New pseudonym introduced: CORREN = HELEN ROLLASON
May '88 (lp - AAD1) WE EAT PANDAS
- Bite Me, I'm Yours / There's Trouble with the Shuttle / Matthew Kelly (What Did We Do?) / Miasma / Robot Arm / We Eat Pandas / Paula Yates (Fuck Off) / Kill the Queen / Willy Fogg - Road Kill / Why Are You So Crap? / Totaliser.  (cd-iss. Jul'02 - AAD1CD) (cd+=) Helena's Dead / Wet Pandas / Dry Rot
Mar '89 (7" - 7AD3) WET PANDAS / DRY ROT
New pseudonyms introduced: SMITH = TERRY BADDOO; HOLLAND = PAUL WELSH
Castrating Alley Apr '90 (7" - 7AD4) CASTRATING ALLEY / KILL STEVE WRIGHT
Oct '90 (7" - 7AD5) WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME WHEN YOU'RE DEAD? / IF I GAVE A TOSS
New pseudonyms introduced: CORREN = JULIET MORRIS; HOLLAND = KRISHNAN GURU MURPHY
May '91 (lp - AAD2) TEN DJS WE WANT DEAD
- Simon Bates (Will You Still Love Me When You're Dead?) / Bruno Brookes / Nicky Campbell / Gary Davies / Mark Goodier / Adrian Juste / Gary King / Simon Mayo / Andy Peebles / (Kill) Steve Wright. (cd-iss. Jul'02 - AAD2CD) (cd+=) Castrating Alley / If I Gave a Toss
Then with a name change:
CYFEB
with members credited by their real names.
May '92 (7" - 7C1) FFWLBART / GWALLGOFDY
July '92 (7" - 7C2) BRECHCUSAN / CURIO
Mar '93 (lp - AC1) YSIG
- Brechcusan / Mab Madrddyn / Llyngyr / Poeni / Curio / Gwallgofdy / Rholbren Rhigwm / Ysig / Syfi a Suryn / Ffwlbart / Llyfrfeydd (cd-iss. Aug'02 - AC1CD) (cd+=) PETRA & POLAWSKI: - Might Not Work / Unchecked Theorem / Miscalculate / Redirect
Jul '94 (7" - 7C3) BYDDINO / CADOEDIAD
Sep '94 (lp - AC2)(cd - AC2CD) CANCR
- Tybed / Mesa
(cd+ =) Byddino / Cadoediad
then, after a brief spell of pregnancy and child rearing from CORREN, another name change...
DIWYDIANFA
Mar '97 (7" - 7D6) GWAEDLIF / GWAHANGLEIFION
Apr '98 (7" - 7D7) LLOFRUDDIOG / ARLOESI
Jun '99 (7" - 7D8) CAMBREN / MADRONI
Jul '00 (7" - 7D9) MYCTOD / PRIFDDINAS
May '01 (7" - 7D10) TOILI / UTGANU
Apr '02 - They team up with John Craven for a special Newsround 30th Anniversary tribute release (see under John Craven).
Jul '02 - (7" - 7D11) SWALPIO / ÂR
The group part company with Clustcwyr following the ACNC buy-out. They maintain a physical presence in the valleys, but Corren also begins to pursue a political career on the side. The whole group are involved in local activism campaigns, and eschew the recorded media.



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