It’s Time The (Punk) Tale Were Told: The Story Behind The Moors Murderers.
Above Photo: Who were behind the bin bags?
Back in 1976 when some Punks were doing anything to outrage the British public (and/or to quickly receive cheap and effective publicity), a Punk band called ‘The Moors Murderers’ was formed.
What could go wrong with that?
Well, a bit of background first…
In the 1960s five children were abducted, sexually assaulted, tortured, (some) raped and all murdered and buried on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester by a man and a woman called Ian Brady and Myra Hindley. These vicious murders traumatised post-war Britain and were (and still are) known as The Moors Murders.
Even today it’s not forgotten that one murdered child, Keith Bennett, remains buried and undiscovered, somewhere up on the moor.
At their trial, the judge called Hindley and Brady “two sadistic killers of the utmost depravity.”
So, back in 1976 it was a safe bet that a band called The Moors Murderers was going to attract publicity and outrage. The band members were photographed and interviewed in hoods and plastic bin bags, and I can remember at the time thinking it was a cheap, tasteless stunt too far – and that was me as a fucking sixteen year old Punk.
Recently I did some research on the identity of the Moors Murderers and was surprised to find two big names behind them.
The first was Chrissie Hynde, who later formed the Pretenders in 1978, and the second was Steve Strange, later of New Romantic club Blitz and the band Visage.
They even recorded a single on cassette, called Free Myra Hindley, which included the following lyrics:
What she did was for love
The torture scenes the boys and girls
Hindley knew but couldn’t say
She was trapped by her love
What mother in her right mind
Would allow a girl at the age of nine
Be out on her own
Don’t blame Hindley
Needless to say the band got the publicity they desired – by the bucketload, as the British press went to town on them.
Although the band was short-lived, according to Wikipedia it also included other members at various times who went on to play with some distinguished Punk bands such as Adam and The Ants (guitarist Mark Ryan), the Psychdelic Furs (Vince Ely) Transvision Vamp (Anthony Doughty) and even The Clash (Topper Headon).
A few years later, Morrissey’s Manchester band The Smiths also dealt with the Moors Murders (their track Suffer Little Children), but with considerably more sensitivity than the Punk band did.
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