They changed the name to Marrakesh and went through various line-up changes until settling down with the classic line up of Rosie on vocals, Plug on bass and vocals and Captain Suspect on guitar with new drummer Smeg. They then went on to record 2 excellent demos, "Family Ties" and "Atmospheres". In 1999, Rosie decided to call it a day so the remaining members decided to carry on regardless and play a mixture of punk and rock covers, including songs by the Damned, The Clash, Dead kennedys, Anti-Nowhere League, Ramones, The Stranglers and Motorhead to name but a few with a few songs from the sixties thrown in for variation with Plug shareing main vocal duties with the Captain.
From then on the band continued gigging at regular intervals until November 2010 when the devastating suicide of their drummer, Smeg seemed to spell the end of the band. A farewell gig with Rosie followed in January 2011 with Bruce Treasure (A-Heads, Subhumans) standing in on the drums for the night.
In April 2012, with the mattblackrat.com spring meet fast approaching, the idea came out that Plug and the Captain get back together to do a short set but who could they get to fill the vacant drum stool? Jak Collins agreed to take the gig. Which turned out to be a great success and afterwards Jak agreed to join the band and fresh rehearsals started straight away with the first proper gigs for nearly two years been played at the end of August and the beginning of September that year.
September also saw The Clangers expand to a four-piece band again with the addition of a second guitarist in the shape of Ryan Mitchell (who also happens to play in Area 53 as well ) playing there first gig with the new line up at the Yew Tree ,Warminster on October11th.
Sinc then, the band have started to gig more regualy with dates already booked untill the middle of 2013 playing bike rallies, pubs etc and have also started to bring back some of there old original songs into there set plus have been working on some brand new material.
Our audience seems to be a mix of people in there 40's who remember the punk stuff from first time round and a fair few younger people.