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Formed in a dreary suburb of Manchester in 1976 and billed support to the Sex Pistols at a gig in the Lesser Free Trade Hall in that same year (The Buzzcocks also made an impromptu appearance), Slaughter & The Dogs were the missing link between the Glitter Band, football terraces and punk. Their first 45, \”Cranked Up Really High b/w The Bitch\” was released in May, 1977 on Rabid Records – not to be confused with the significantly younger and trendier Swedish label – also the original home to sterling performance poet, John Cooper Clarke, with his Curious Yellows. And the Nosebleeds.
The follow-up was released on Decca as a 12\”, and of course I was among those intellectually challenged fresh-faced upstarts who rushed along to my local independent record shop to purchase a copy. Not clever, no, but good fun all the same. After a fashion. It all depends on how inebriated or sickly tense you are.
Wayne Barrett: vocals; Mike Rossi: guitar; Howard \’Zip\’ Bates: bass; Brian \’The Mad Muffet\’ Grantham: drums. Produced by Nick Tauber; engineered by Adrian Martin.
Rumour has it that Wayne Barrett later became a successful used car salesman, although this development is possibly apocryphal.
A rather silly piece of rabid nostalgia.
▼ SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS: WHERE HAVE ALL THE BOOT BOYS GONE ? from \”Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone ? b/w You\’re A Bore\” 12\” 45 (Decca) 1977 (UK) SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS OFFICIAL SITE PURCHASE THE COMPLETE RICHARD ALLEN: SKINHEAD TRILOGY