Anti-Pasti were originally formed in the summer of 1979 by vocalist Martin Roper and guitarist Dugi Bell. Completing the first line-up were bassist Stu and drummer Stan and their first gigs were in their native Derby though they often managed to support the UK SUBS whenever the Subs were let down by support bands.
Adopting the punk ethic of D.I.Y. the band recorded and released the "Four sore points" ep on their own Dose Records label, selling most copies at local gigs and through fanzines.

Mansfield label Rondelet records picked up on the buzz around the band and signed them following a storming gig at Derby's Ajanta Club, coincidentally the first gig for new members Will Hoon(bass) and Kev Dixon(drums). Rondelet reissued the "Four sore points" ep in late 1980(on clear vinyl) and followed it in Janury '81 with the "Let them free" 3 track ep whichwhich was issued in red vinyl and topped the UK independent chart. Promotor John Curd then invited the band to participate in the now legendary "Apocalypse now"tour along with Discharge, The Exploited, Chron gen and the Anti-Nowhere League. The extra nation-wide exposure generated by the tour, including a "sounds" front cover for the band, helped to push their debut LP "The last call" into the national charts were it stayed for six weeks peaking at No.31.

A second Indie chart topper came courtesy of the "Six guns" EP and was followed by further UK sell-out gigs as well as a tour of the USA, Anti-Pasti being the first second wave punk band to visit the U.S However, the pressure on the band to repeat such success led them to enter the studios without being fully prepared and resulted in the disappointing "East to the west" single which, though a strong seller led to a certain amount of disenchantment amongst the bands predominantly Punk following.
The single also saw their line-up expand to a five piece with the addition of the guitarist Olly Hoon but though they gigged a lot extensively to promote the "Caution in the wind" LP and single, including a tour of Holland, it was clear that all wasn´t well in the Anti-Pasti camp and vocalist Roper quit soon after the albums release.

The remaining four members continued a short while as Anti-Pasti with drummer Kev Nixon assuming lead vocal duties. In fact they did record some new material, including the songs "Gauler give me water" and "Til victory", though none have ever seen the light of day as Anti-Pasti finally went their separate ways in mid '84.