"To truly appreciate the greatness of Ack Ack, you have to understand the culture of the time. Pitch battles were fought between people depending on their choice of hairstyle or - for that matter - trouser style, so eloquently captured in the lyric of "Trouser Trick." Skinheads vs. punks vs. rockers vs. mods vs. hippy types...it was a gang nightmare. Looking back, the irony is that we were all united in the same hatred: that of the Thatcher regime. Instead of throwing our anger into a strong political movement, it was warfare on the streets outside every bar on any given night. I fell into no category. Neither did Ack Ack. The fact that a mixture of all sub-cultures and all ages gathered each Friday night on what then passed for the closest thing Surrey had to "A Really Dangerous Place" says a lot for the music. A mixture of punk, new wave, ska and who knows what else, with witty and wise lyrics and great melodic tunes, Ack Ack rocked that joint every Friday night.
• Stuart Russell on drums: very cool and mature. All of 24, but wise beyond his years. He wrote most of the songs and was an phenomenally strong drummer.
• Mark Williams on vocals: a hairdresser by trade, with the most piercing eyes. I recall being terrified of his territorial girlfriend (probably with good reason).
• Mick Foley on rhythm guitar: my first semi-serious boyfriend, which led me down a long, winding, sad road of dating guitarists (see chapter of my yet-to-be-finished novel, available on request). Quite probably an alcoholic, Mick taught me what comprised a black and tan, how to play “Shaking All Over,” how to caress a buzz-cut head. All these years later, and I can’t recall what goes into a black and tan, but I can still play that song.
• Johnny Fuller on lead guitar: Corinna ‘s first serious boyfriend! That man had a Les Paul that sounded like an organ. No one could make a sound like Fuller.
• Stevie J. Wright on bass: by far the quietest and most stoic of the bunch, but a damn good steady bass player, Stevie was the yahoo who found me on the internet and was somewhat startled that I still had the Ack Ack album on cassette."
Ruth Bonnet (The Dunneau) 2005