THE ENID AS THEY ONCE WERE
by R C Perry
The music press once described The Enid as "Britain's best-kept secret." Radio One dubbed them, "The biggest cult band in Europe." Not because they were, but because the leading radio station in the UK assumed they must be! Record companies feared them; Glastonbury banned them. MI5 investigated them. By the mid-1980s, most music fans in the UK had heard of The Enid. The amount of misinformation that surrounded them is staggering. They've been called "fascists" (by people who had been told of but had never actually experienced at first hand, their sacrilegious on-stage renditions of "Land of Hope and Glory").
On the other hand, they found themselves denounced as either "anarchists" or "leftists" (because of Robert John Godfrey's vociferous insistence that all people are interdependent, whether they know it or not and that individuality has no fundamental meaning).
At the time, some assumed The Enid to be some sort of insane punk band. That assumption could scarcely have been further from the mark. They were probably the most enigmatic and intellectually challenging of any band to have emerged in the UK.