Back To The Planet (BTTP) formed while squatting together in Peckham, London in 1989, and attracted a following throughout the early 1990s.
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They played four consecutive Glastonbury Festivals and played many free festivals, including the Deptford Urban Free Festival and the Castlemorton Common Festival in 1992. BTTP were vociferous in their resistance to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Their music blended elements of ska, dub, punk, and dance music. Their first album, Warning the Public, was released on their own record label, Arthur Mix Records, based in Hither Green. In 1993, the band signed to Parallel Records, and released a chain of singles. BTTP split not long after the release of Messages After The Bleep in 1995, to pursue personal music projects.
BTTP performed a reunion gig at the Red Star Bar in Camberwell on 10 December 2006. They also played at the Endorse It In Dorset Festival on 12 August 2007, and the main stage at the 2007 Beautiful Days festival, but to a smaller than expected crowd owing to them clashing with Bill Bailey. BTTP played the Paradise Gardens free festival, London on 25 May 2008, and at the Endorse It In Dorset, SolFest and Shambala festivals in summer 2008.
Back to the Planet appeared at Glastonbury, and EnDorset in Dorset during the summer of 2009.Back to the Planet played the Wickerman festival in 2010. They played the Levelling the Land Part II tour, along with The Levellers and Dreadzone, in December 2011, headlined Rogues Picnic in May 2012, and played Bearded Theory festival in May 2012.
Back to the Planet made a late-night appearance at The Bimble Inn at Beautiful Days Festival on Friday 17 August 2012 and are confirmed to play Alchemy Festival 21–23 September 2012.
Fil Walters (aka Fil Planet) – vocals
Guy McAffer (aka The Geezer) – keyboards
Carl Hendrickse (aka Carlos Fandango) – bass
Fraggle (Bernard Malcolm Clive Fletcher) – French bassoon
Henry Cullen (aka D.A.V.E. the Drummer) – drums
Alex Hore – guitar
Marshall Penn – guitar
Amir Mojarrad – drums
Fraggle is renowned for his strange surnames. Outside of BTTP, Fil Planet has written and recorded a solo album, and is now the lead singer of the South East London band, Monkeyrush. Guy Mcaffer aka The Geezer is also a record producer on the London acid techno scene, and has written the album, Ave Some of That You Wankers. He and Carl Hendrickse have worked together producing acid techno under the name Audio Pancake. He also owns the record label RAW, plays the organ in The Birds of Prey, and guitar in the punk band Dog Shite. In addition, Fraggle is the lead guitarist of the punk band The Skraelings. Henry Cullen went on to become D.A.V.E the Drummer a techno producer and DJ and owner of Hydraulix records.
- Warning the Public (cassette only) (1991)
- Earzone Friendly (cassette only) (1990)
- Mind and Soul Collaborators (1993) – UK No. 32
- A Potted History (compilation of early material) (1994)
- Messages After the Bleep (1995)
- “Revolution of Thought” (1992)
- “Please Don’t Fight” (1993)
- “Teenage Turtles” (1993) – UK No. 52
- “Daydream” (1993) – UK No. 52
- “A Small Nuclear Device” (1995)
- “Never Let Them Down” (demo) – appeared on You Can’t Kill The Spirit anti-CJB compilation 1994.