Foreign Legion (3)

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A punk rock/oi! band from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Formed in 1984.

1984–1991
Foreign Legion formed in 1984 from the ashes of a band called Society, later Dead On Arrival. Dead on Arrival had one song on 1984's Bullsheep Detector album. Following the name change to Foreign Legion (due partly to people shortening it to DOA, which could cause confusion with the Canadian band of that name) and a number of line up changes (drummers in particular) the band released their first EP in 1986, on their own Rent a Racket label with the line up of Marcus Howells on vocals, Lyn Murphy on guitar, Helen James on bass and Paul (Marshon) Marsh on drums. Following further line up changes with Andrew Heggie on guitar the band played their first gigs outside the UK, with gig exchanges with Burning Ambitions from Le Havre and supporting Bérurier Noir.

Surf City their second EP was released in 1989 and their first full-length album entitled Welcome to Fort Zinderneuf was released later that year, by which time a new, more stable line up had evolved with Mark (Jolly) Williams joining on bass (from local band Blind Justice, who Andrew Heggie soon joined), together with Peter Giles on guitar and Ben Stansfield on drums, retaining only Marcus Howells on vocals.

During the 1980s the band played regular slots in the famous 100 Club and supported the likes of UK Subs, The Vibrators, The Partisans, Picture Frame Seduction, The Adicts, Major Accident, Toy Dolls, Angelic Upstarts, 999, Broken Bones and others. They also supported The Alarm, Joe Strummer & the Latino Rockabilly War and the UK Subs when they visited the band's home town of Merthyr Tydfil.

The band split up in 1991.

2000–present
Foreign Legion reformed in 2000, with members from before the 1991 split; Marcus Howells on vocals, Mark (Jolly) Williams on guitar, Andrew Heggie on bass and Ben Stansfield on drums. They released a split album with Major Accident called Cry of the Legion, before their next full-length album What Goes Around, Comes Around, produced by Mick Jones of The Clash. During the early 2000s the band released EPs and played in mainland Europe and USA with the Dropkick Murphys, Major Accident, The Templars, NY Relics and the UK Subs, including a show at New Yorks CBGBs. In 2007 the album Death Valley was recorded, featuring more new material as well as a re-worked version of Message From Nowhere from the first EP. The band recorded an unreleased EP in 2008, re-recording songs written by Mark (Jolly) Williams. This was the only recording to feature Jarrad (Noir) Owens on bass and Paul Black on drums. This recording later appeared bootlegged and with an incorrect lineup credited. Following an appearance at the Legendary TJs in Newport later in 2008, supporting the Anti-Nowhere League, guitarist Williams posted a statement on the band's Myspace account announcing his departure; Black and Owens soon followed. Members of local Caerphilly punk covers band Doc Savage joined Howells in Foreign Legion for a short while before a new line up emerged with the drummer from 1980s Cwmbran punk band Impact (who also featured on the 1984 Bullsheep Detector album) Glyn (Sid Lovely) Benton, together with Simon Bendon on guitar and Canis Humanus on bass. The band were now back on the road with gigs including the Rebellion festival alongside bands including PiL, Rancid, Buzzcocks and Social Distortion, together with a new split 12 track CD album with US band Sledgeback. A split EP with German band Riot Company followed in 2011, with a further split EP released in 2012 with Italian band Cervelli Stanki.

Demob bassist Steve Zuki joined the band in 2013, with gigs including headlining the first day at Gosport Punk Festival (with the UK Subs headlining the other night) and support slots alongside Stiff Little Fingers and The Men They Couldn't Hang, plus a return to the Rebellion festival alongside bands including Sham 69, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, GBH, Discharge, Peter Hook and The Light, TV Smith and many more. A new album Light At The End Of The Tunnel was recorded with this new line-up and released on Germany's KB Records in August 2013.
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Albums

VR/FL 100 Welcome To Fort Zinderneuf — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) Welcome To Fort Zinderneuf (Album) Venture Records (5) VR/FL 100 UK 1990 Sell This Version
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DSS025 Cry Of The Legion — Foreign Legion (3) Major Accident / Foreign Legion (3) Major Accident / Foreign Legion (3) - Cry Of The Legion (Album) DSS Records DSS025 Austria 2001 Sell This Version
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DSS043 What Goes Around Comes Around — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) What Goes Around Comes Around (Album) DSS Records DSS043 Austria 2002 Sell This Version
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DMR0004-3 Death Valley — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) Death Valley(CD, Album) Durty Mick Records DMR0004-3 US 2007 Sell This Version
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none Reality Bites — Foreign Legion (3) Sledgeback & Foreign Legion (3) Sledgeback & Foreign Legion (3) - Reality Bites (Album) Sliver Records none UK 2010 Sell This Version
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kbr-104 Light At The End Of The Tunnel — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) Light At The End Of The Tunnel (Album) KB Records kbr-104 Germany 2013 Sell This Version
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001 101% Proud! (4 Way Split Album) — Foreign Legion (3) Red Alert (3) / Sta-Prest Boys / Compatriot / Foreign Legion (3) Red Alert (3) / Sta-Prest Boys / Compatriot / Foreign Legion (3) - 101% Proud! (4 Way Split Album)(Cass, Album) Rookie Distributions 001 Indonesia 2014 Sell This Version
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ABCD032 Always Working Class — Foreign Legion (3) Föreign Legiön* Always Working Class (Album) Aggrobeat ABCD032 Netherlands 2016 Sell This Version
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PUNK CD023 Back Tö Basics — Foreign Legion (3) Föreign Legiön* Back Tö Basics (Album) Violated Records PUNK CD023 US 2018 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

RRR001 Trenchline — Foreign Legion (3) Föréign Légiön* Trenchline (EP) Rentaracket Records RRR001 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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S 05 Surf City E.P. — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) Surf City E.P. (EP) Schlawiner Records S 05 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
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UP7004.5 The Years Gone By — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) The Years Gone By Upstart Productions UP7004.5 US 2000 Sell This Version
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DF 89 / 01 District / Foreign Legion — Foreign Legion (3) District* / Foreign Legion (3) District* / Foreign Legion (3) - District / Foreign Legion (EP) Dirty Faces DF 89 / 01 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
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DSS010 Punk Rock Jukebox — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) Punk Rock Jukebox(7") DSS Records DSS010 Austria 2000 Sell This Version
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TR07-05 Envoyez La Légion / Send In The Legion — Foreign Legion (3) Föréígn Légíön* / Paris Violence Föréígn Légíön* / Paris Violence - Envoyez La Légion / Send In The Legion (EP) KB Records TR07-05 France 2007 Sell This Version
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DMR0002-7 Foreign Legion / Suburban Lockdown — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) / Suburban Lockdown Foreign Legion (3) / Suburban Lockdown - Foreign Legion / Suburban Lockdown(7", EP) Durty Mick Records DMR0002-7 US 2007 Sell This Version
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KBR 061 Salute To The Boys — Foreign Legion (3) Riot Company / Foreign Legion (3) Riot Company / Foreign Legion (3) - Salute To The Boys (EP) KB Records KBR 061 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
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RKR 029 Clockwork Kids Still Alive! — Foreign Legion (3) Cervelli Stanki / Foreign Legion (3) Cervelli Stanki / Foreign Legion (3) - Clockwork Kids Still Alive!(7", EP) Rusty Knife Records, Marchiato A Fuoco RKR 029 France 2012 Sell This Version
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ABEP022, REB1038 Oi! The International Street-Punk League — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) / The Shame (4) Foreign Legion (3) / The Shame (4) - Oi! The International Street-Punk League (EP) Aggrobeat, Rebel Sound (2) ABEP022, REB1038 Netherlands 2015 Sell This Version
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ABEP034 Last Rough Cause / Föreign Legiön — Foreign Legion (3) Last Rough Cause / Föreign Legiön* Last Rough Cause / Föreign Legiön* - Last Rough Cause / Föreign Legiön (EP) Aggrobeat ABEP034 Netherlands 2017 Sell This Version
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Compilations

PNV 102 The Early Years — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) The Early Years (Comp) Puke N Vomit Records PNV 102 US 2021 Sell This Version
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Videos

SHH007 I.S.P. Christmas-Tour 2000 — Foreign Legion (3) The Templars, Stomper 98, Vortex (13), Foreign Legion (3) The Templars, Stomper 98, Vortex (13), Foreign Legion (3) - I.S.P. Christmas-Tour 2000(VHS) Shithead Hater Videos SHH007 2001 Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

none Distress Signals — Foreign Legion (3) Foreign Legion (3) Distress Signals(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Foreign Legion (3) Self-released) none UK 1984 Sell This Version