The group started to perform in 1983 as a sound system on the Bristol scene. As pioneers of sound system culture they played all-nighters, clubs and abandoned warehouses. In 1986, they played St Paul's Carnival and signed to 4th & B'way Records on Island Records imprint.
In 1987, the single Tearin Down The Avenue was released and the group toured Japan. After the tour DJ Milo left to work in Japan. The group would perform sound clashes against other sound systems, on new year's eve 1987 they clashed with Soul II Soul at St Barnabas crypt, Bristol. In 1988, Friends & Countrymen was released.  However, by this time Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall and Andrew Vowles had formed Massive Attack. By 1989 the group was defunct.:80
Post disbanding (1989 - present)
DJ Milo has lived and worked going between Japan and New York. In 2013, he performed at St Paul’s Carnival.
Robert Del Naja, Grant Marshall and Andrew Vowles, continued with Massive Attack. However, differences between members saw Vowles leave in 1998 and Marshall in 2001. Marshall return to Massive Attack in 2007.
Nellee Hooper, who moved to London after the group's dissolution and worked as a producer and remixer for a number of major artists, including Madonna, U2, No Doubt, Garbage, Björk and others. He won the 1995 BRIT Award for Best Producer. He was also a member of Soul II Soul.
Tricky performed with Massive Attack on their first and second full-length releases, Blue Lines and Protection respectively, before pursuing a successful solo career.
Claude Williams provided vocals on Massive Attack's Five Man Army released in 1991. In 2010, he was jailed for a series of robberies, for three years, alongside five other men.