srijeda, 17. lipnja 2009.
Slaughter And The Dogs
Taking their name from two of their biggest influences - Mick Ronson's "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue" and David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" - SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS formed in April 1976 at Manchester's Wythenshawe Sharston High School with a line up up of Mick Rossi (guitar), Wayne Barrett (vocals), Howard 'Zip' Bates (bass) and Brian 'Mad Buffet' Grantham (drums).
Following a series of local gigs the band managed to convince Malcom MacLaren that they had a 'huge following' and so blagged the support slot to the SEX PISTOLS legendary show at Manchester's Lesser Free trade Hall on July 20th 1976, a gig that also saw the first performance by the BUZZCOCKS.
A couple of supports slots to the DAMNED plus their own headlining shows at venues like London's The Roxy and Swindon's The Affair (wich saw The ADVERTS making their debut live) preceded by Manchester Independant la bel Rabid Records and, coupled with the bands manic and highly visual live show, helped establish SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS on the then booming Punk circuit.
August 29th 1977 saw the relase of the "Where Hall All The Boot Boys Gone" single - three minutes of unadulterated power and agression that had a marked effect in laying the foundations for the early 80's Oi! movement. 5a promo video was also made for the 45). Late November '77 saw the release of their second Decca single "Dame To Blame" and it was promoted by a short tour of London venues like The Marquee, The Nashville and Dingwalls though chart action, alas, was not forthcoming.
For February 1978's "Quick Joey Small" 7" slaughter were augmented by a guest appearance by Mick Ronson but even couldn't help kick this cover of a 60's classic into the charts.
After signing to Decca Records, the band released the "Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone?" in 1978. The same year, singer Wayne Barrett left the band and they began rehearsing with new vocalist Steve Morrissey. Morrissey recorded four songs with them, but did not become a permanent part of the band. For a time, the band also included Billy Duffy who achieved fame with The Cult. Slaughter & The Dog’s first single on DJM Records was a cover version of "You're Ready Now", which took it origins from Frankie Valli's solo chart single of 1966.
The band shortened their name to Slaughter in the early 1980s, and drastically changed both their look and sound. They are not to be confused with other bands with the same name.
The band reformed to headline 'Holidays in the Sun' in 1996 and the new line up featuring the French rhythm section of J.P. Thollet (Bass) and Noel Kay (Drums) continues to record, tour and headline festivals.They play still today;)