Formed in 1979, as the Electropathic Battery Band, this ensemble played concerts and appeared at dances as essentially a music hall band, presenting a show in costume. The original line-up was Alan Rawlinson (b. 8 May 1955, Scholes, Leeds, Yorkshire, England; trombone, trumpet, cornet, flute, sousaphone, vocals), John Gregson (guitar, vocals), John Lewis (clarinet, banjo, mandolin, saxophone, vocals), Moira Hanvey (vocals, whistles), Dave Hanvey (melodeon, vocals), Nick Tamblin (mouth organ, glockenspiel, percussion, vocals, caller), and Maggie Andrew (percussion).
The group went through a number of personnel changes, with the departure of Dave and Moira Hanvey, and Nick Tamblin in 1984. Jackie Rawlinson (b. 26 May 1965, Wilmslow, Cheshire, England; fiddle, vocals), joined in 1985 with Andrew leaving the line-up in 1986. The line-up forBatteries Not Included comprised original members Alan Rawlinson and John Gregson, plus Pierce Butler (drums, percussion, vocals), who left at the end of 1987, Jackie Rawlinson, Howard Jones (hammer dulcimer, melodeon, anglo-concertina, guitar, vocals) who had joined in 1984, as well as Keith Hancock (b. 28 October 1953, Audenshaw, Lancashire, England; melodeon, hammer dulcimer, vocals). More changes occurred with the addition of Dave Manley (b. 20 February 1957, Warwickshire, England; flute, saxophone, vocals), and Tim Veitch (b. 29 May 1962; cello, vocals) who both joined in 1988, while Hancock left the same year to pursue a solo career. Tim Kenney (b. 15 August 1960; guitar, vocals) joined early in 1989. The most recent addition, Chris Bartram (b. 25 December 1946, Yorkshire, England; percussion, vocals), joined in 1991. The group, having changed its name to the Electropathics, and with Alan Rawlinson the only surviving original member, continued until 1994 when they decided to disband while still on a high. However, they do occasionally re-form for a reunion gig.