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Bad Karma Beckons

From: London

Active: 1985-1993

Style: Rock/Punk/Garage



Bad Karma Beckons formed in London in the mid 1980s and featured such notable Dublin punk stalwarts as Jude Carr and Carol Walters (ex Boy Scoutz).

Jude Carr moved to London in the early eighties after Paul McGuinness closed down Heat magazine, one of the best of the Dublin punk fanzines of which Carr was co-publisher, following some remarks about U2. Carr's departure also put paid to his plans to start a record label to record the local punk bands. His brother Eamon Carr, of Horslips and Zen Alligators, later launched Hotwire Records.

BKB were a garage/trash band active on the London scene for a number of years, appearing on several compilations and releasing one mini-LP on their own label. They also filmed a video for one track on the album "Six Brides for Jerry Lee".

After BKB split, most of the band (Tom, Carol, Charlie and Tony) continued as Helltrain who were basically BKB with a different bass player. Helltrain released a self-titled LP which suffers from poor mastering (it was cut too fast) and the results don't do the band justice. They also recorded a version of The Magic Touch for a Bobby Fuller Four tribute compilation. After Helltrain, Carol and Tom were in The Reversals, who never got off the ground, and The Famous Monsters, who included ex Snivellin' Shits Giovanni Dadomo. The Famous Monsters gigged and recorded demos but nothing was ever released.

Apparently Jude later ran one of the second hand record shops in Hanway Street in London.


• various artists - Weird Weird World of Guru Weirdbrain
LP - Hotwire Records - HWLP8505 - IRL - 1985
See Compilations section for full track listing.

• Mutate And Survive
mini-LP - Media Burn Records - MB15 - UK - 1986


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See Also: Those Handsome Devils

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