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Missing Persons 

were part of the DIY alternative music scene which maintained the punk ethos in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

It could be said that the real punk groups are the ones you've never hear of and you've probably not heard of us.

We lost the legal right to use our own name courtesy of Capitol Records corporate lawyers when the US company

decided to launch a (jazz funk) band with the same name. We were based in Colchester which is in Essex, England.


We tried to change the way music was distributed, organising compilations and putting groups in touch with each other.

Among many others, we worked with :  Instant Automatons  Colin Potter  Digital Dinosaurs .


Critics (and fans) were often confused by the fact that we never settled on a single musical style. Why should we?

Why should music fit into genres? Why should one song neatly segue into another? Because, of course, that's the way

marketing works....


Most of our releases were on cassette, distributed by ourselves and through Rough Trade .

These are now hard to find and very expensive. We intend to release a compilation CD in 2010.

One vinyl album : "What's Wrong With A Tune You Can Whistle?"  (Less 001) is now sold out.


Missing Persons also featured on 3 vinyl compilations :


The above records are available on CD from : waterden records .

Original vinyl copies sometimes sell for silly prices on  eBay

This compilation CD features 1 track by Missing Persons.

It is available from :  hyped2death


Some new solo songs by Mark Kelly are available free :

Too Much Bull To Bear (SONG) : MARK KELLYSchismism (SONG) : MARK KELLYThe Lesser Evil (SONG) : MARK KELLYThe Rich Laugh At Us (SONG) : MARK KELLY

less004  VIDEOS  on   YouTube


Mark  Kelly  on   MySpace


Mark Kelly BIOGRAPHY  includes possible influences and definite favourites.

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