Back To The Planet (BTTP)

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Formed while squatting together in Peckham and Lewisham, South London in 1989, and attracted a following throughout the early 1990s.

They played four consecutive Glastonbury Festivals and played many free festivals, including the Deptford Urban Free Festival and the infamous free festival at Castlemorton Common 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, a subdivision of London Records and released one L.P. and 3 singles. The Band were dropped from London but continued with a line up change and recorded their last LP at their home studio. 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. 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. they went on to rebuild theior old audience a capture a new fanbase of younger music lovers.

Back to the Planet appeared at Glastonbury, and EnDorset in Dorset during the summer of 2009. They also played the Wickerman festival in 2010. BTTP were invited to join 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.

They wnet on to play many gigs around the UK at various festivals and clubs, some sold out dates with old mates, Citizen Fish AKA Culture Shock and RDF which became known as the Radfical Planet Shock tour.

BTTP recorded two more E.Ps “Kick Out” and “War Cry” featuring new songs and various remixes and dub versions
Their last gig was in September 2021 at Alchemy ( Equinox) Festival Lincoln.

Members

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 now playing with RDF and his regular band the Skraelings.
Fil Planet has written and recorded a solo album and made and LP with London band Monkeyrush
Guy Mcaffer aka The Geezer is also a record producer on the London acid techno scene, he also playes guitar for punk band Dogshite.
Carl Hendrickse is a DJ under the name Trashman, he plays Drum and Bass.
Henry Cullen went on to become D.A.V.E the Drummer a techno producer, DJ and owner of Hydraulix records.

Albums

  • 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)

E.Ps

  • Kick out (12″, Digital and CD) (2016)
  • War Cry ( CD, Digital ) 2021

Singles

  • “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)

Other recordings

  • “Never Let Them Down” (demo) – appeared on You Can’t Kill The Spirit anti-CJB compilation 1994.