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My First Punk Gig – Manchester Punk Band The Drones.

My First Punk Gig – Manchester Punk Band The Drones.

The Drones: Further Temptations album cover.

I was pleased to find a comprehensive list of all Punk and New Wave bands I went to see between 1977 and the end of 1979 recently.

The biggest surprise was that The Stranglers was the first gig I ever went to, in August 1977, at Mountford Hall (Liverpool Students Union), which was a fantastic night.

The start of my Punk and New Wave gig list in 1977.

The start of my Punk and New Wave gig list in 1977.

However, the first band on the bill that night, and therefore the first Punk band I ever saw live was a band called The Drones from Manchester.

The Drones perform in Manchester, August 1977 (Kevin Cummins)

The Drones perform in Manchester, August 1977, on the same tour (Kevin Cummins)

The Drones formed in Manchester, originally as a glam rock band in 1975, before getting into Punk and relocating to London, where they became an influential early Punk band, touring with the Vibrators, X-Ray Spex, Chelsea and the Stranglers.

My copy of the Bone Idol single. Front cover.

My copy of the Bone Idol single.

When their EP Bone Idol was released in October 1977 I bought it and played it to death. I also bought their fantastic Further Temptations album but swapped it for some shit a year or so later, something I regret now, of course, but which must have meant something to me at the time.

Ditto.

Ditto.

Unfortunately, although I mention the Stranglers gig in my Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out!, I couldn’t remember The Drones being on the bill until I discovered my gig list a few months after publishing the book.

What I remember that night was them playing a brilliant set, leaving me almost shocked, at hearing a powerful Punk band blasting out their music at ear-splitting volume, at point blank range for the first time in my life.

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This is a You Tube link to The Drones track, Bone Idol:

This is a link to the full Further Temptations album on You Tube:

 

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