The Coffin Nails were originally formed in the second half of 1985 by Toby "Juggy " Griffin (d), Graham " Gra " Farr (b), Tony Szajer (v) and Steve (g/v), who´s also better known as Humungus. After just a month of rehearsals the band supported the Sting-rays in Reading, which is also known as the hometown of the Coffin Nails. The band was offered a gig at the Klub Foot and released the track Plymouth Fury on the compilation album Zorch Factor 1. But Toby Griffin decided to join The Meteors as their permanent drummer and was replaced by Dave Ward. The next loss from the band was when lead singer Tony announced his retirement and the band decided to gave Dave Ward the spot. All they needed was a new drummer and was found in Smurf. In late 1987 the band released their first album Ein Bier Bitte, followed by an European Tour to promote their longplayer.
The untimely departure of Dave Ward in 1988 marks a big turning point in the history of the band. Humungus took over as singer and the band continued as a trio. They signed with Link Records and A Fistful Of Burgers was issued. The next big change came the following year, when Gra left the band too and was replaced by a young double bass player called Scott Milsom, which also would give the band a more rockin´sound. Another lineup change brought in Nasser Bouzida (d) from the popular Ska outfit The Loafers and led to their fourth album Who´s He? , but the Coffin Nails decided for a break in 1993 which would eventually last 3 years. Since their reunion in 1996 the band has released three more albums.
The Coffin Nails combine a a wide range of musical influences that led to a versatile mix of styles yet all with the Coffin Nails unique trademarks of high energy and humour. The band gained fame from the very start and has always been one of the scene´s best loved bands. Since 2001 Clive Cornwall (d) has joined Humungus and Scott Milsom to be a permanent part of the band.
Albums: Ein Bier Bitte (1987)--A Fistful Of Burgers(1988)--Live & Rockin´(1990)--Who´s He?(1991)--Wreckers Yard(1997)--A Big Night Out(1998)--Out For The Weekend(2002)--Hard As Nails(2003)--Gravest Hits(2004)