Acme Sewage Co.
The Alternators: One 1978 NRG Records single: “No Answers” (b/w the synth-squirting “Kid Don’t Know”), both comped. 1000 copies.>
The Ants: Adam Ant’s first-recorded band, evolved from the B-Sides (a prototype of the Monochrome Set). Cut several demos and two songs (“Deutscher Girls,” “Plastic Surgery”) for Derek Jarman’s 1978 punk-dystopian film Jubilee, in which Ant co-starred. Managed by SEX-staffer Jordan. Became Adam and the Ants prior to first single, “Young Parisians” (b/w “Lady”).
Bee Cee Cee
Big In Japan
The Bleach Boys
Cane: Watford trio, formed 1975. “College Girls'” featured on 1977 V.A. Streets comp. 1978 maxi-single “3×3” — the mid-tempo “Dice” b/w the blazing “Suburban Guerilla” and “D. K. Dance” (aka “College Girls'”) — on punk/reggae indie Lightning Records. Singer/guitarist Kip (aka Malcolm Herring) did stints in The Vibrators and mod-revivalists The Chords.>
Celia & The Mutations
The Cortinas: Bristol quintet. Initially R&B, turned punk for two 1977 singles: “Fascist Dictator” (b/w “Television Families”) and “Defiant Pose” (b/w “Independence”), the latter with an alarming Hipgnosis sleeve. Reverted back to R&B/pub-rock for 1978’s True Romances. Guitarist Nick Sheppard joined the latter-day Clash (Cut the Crap era).
The Desperate Bicycles
The Doctors: The Doctors of Madness nameplate abbreviated for their 1977 blazer “Bulletin,” included on their 1978 swan song Sons of Survival along with the brisk cuts “’50s Kids” and “Back from the Dead,” the latter co-written with Adverts frontman TV Smith. DoM’s 1976 debut Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorms is punk-prescient on select tracks (“Waiting,” “B-Movies Bedtime”).
The Doll: Jumpy organ ditty “Trash” on the 1977 Beggars Banquet comp Streets, followed by the similar 1978 a-side “Don’t Tango On My Heart.” Three 1979 new wave singles, including “Desire Me” (UK #28), and the 1980 album Listen to the Silence. Late-period members Denis Haines (keyboards) and Jamie West-Oram (guitar) surfaced, respectively, in Dramatis and The Fixx. Easily described as Lene Lovich meets The Yachts.>
The Drive: From Dundee, Scotland. One 1977 single: “Jerkin'” (b/w “Push ‘N’ Shove”) on three-press NRG Records. A-side comped on Streets.>
The Frantic Elevators
Ian Dury and the Blockheads
John Cooper Clarke
Johnny and the Self Abusers: Glasgow sextet, issued Sept. ’77 Chiswick single “Saints and Sinners” (b/w “Dead Vandals”). Splintered on the same day into Simple Minds (Jim “Pripton Weird” Kerr, Charlie “Argue” Burchill, Brian McGee) and the Cuban Heels (John “Johnnie Plague” Milarky, Allan “Sid Syphilis” McNeill). Additional songs (“Cocteau Twins,” “Subway Sex,” “18,” “Wasteland”) exist on an unofficial Retro Records comp.
Martin and The Brownshirts
The Neon Hearts
The Nosebleeds: Mancunian punks, formed as Wild Ram in 1976 by Slaughter & the Dogs roadie Edmund Garrity. Became Ed Banger & the Nosebleeds for the 1977 Rabid single “Ain’t Bin to No Music School” (b/w “Fascist Pigs”), the a-side comped on Streets. Guitarist Vinnie Reilly formed The Durutti Column with bassist Pete Crooks and drummer Toby Toman, who later worked with Ludus and Nico. An unrecorded 1978 lineup (“I Think I’m Ready for the Electric Chair”) featured singer Steven Morrissey (later Smiths) and guitarist Billy Duffy (Theatre of Hate, The Cult).>
The Pork Dukes
Public Zone: One 1977 Logo single, the four-chord pop-rocker “Naive” (b/w “Innocence”), by the trio of Duncan Browne, Peter Godwin, and Sean Lyons (aka Metro) with Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Produced by Hugh Murphy (Jody Grind, Gracious, Stray, Diabolus, Justine, Gerry Rafferty).
Radiators from Space
Rikki and the Last Days of Earth:
The Rings: “I Wanna Be Free” (b/w “Automobile”) on Chiswick, 1977, produced by Martin Gordon (Sparks, Jet). Fronted by ex-Tomorrow/Pink Fairies drummer Twink. Guitarist Alan Lee Shaw and drummer Rod Latter recorded with Maniac later the same year. The single, plus four additional tracks, were issued on an eponymous 10″ in 2010 by NDN Records.
The Sick Things
Slaughter and the Dogs
The Spitfire Boys
Stiff Little Fingers
The Suburban Studs