Now this is jolly good news for those that are rather partial to very early punk as the legendary Slaughter & The Dogs are set to return to Sussex next year.
On their last outing in the county at the Con Club in Lewes on 12th August, it was an event worthy of missing out on an August holiday abroad, just to see them. Not only did we have Slaughter & The Dogs on stage, but they were at times accompanied by Tony James from Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik as well as Charlie Harper from the UK Subs. Read our review HERE.
The name “Slaughter & the Dogs” was created by singer Wayne Barrett in 1975 by combining the names of David Bowie’s ‘Diamond Dogs’ and Mick Ronson’s ‘Slaughter on 10th Avenue’, two of his favourite albums.
Slaughter & The Dogs were one of the first punk rock bands in North West England. They supported the Sex Pistols at their gig at Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall on 20th July 1976. This concert, more than any other single event, spawned Manchester’s punk scene, which was concentrated around the Electric Circus Club.
The band befriended Rob Gretton, later to manage Joy Division, and with his financial help, became the first band to release a single on Manchester’s independent record label Rabid Records. In 2001, This debut single, ‘Cranked Up Really High’, was released in June 1977, is considered a punk rock classic, appearing in Mojo’s list of the top 100 punk rock singles of all time. It was also included on Streets, which was cited as an “essential” compilation album of early UK punk bands from a variety of independent record labels.
The band were frequent visitors to London, and became one of the pioneering punk bands that played live in the first few months of the Roxy. They played their first concert in January of the same year, supported by the Adverts. They headlined twice in February and once in March of the same year, supported by Johnny Moped. In April, they were supported by the Lurkers. Their live renditions of ‘Runaway’ and ‘Boston Babies’ were included on the Harvest Records compilation album Live at the Roxy WC2.
After signing to Decca, the band released the popular ‘Where Have All the Boot Boys Gone?’ single in late 1977, followed by ‘Dame to Blame’ and ‘Quick Joey Small’. Their debut album, ‘Do It Dog Style’, was issued in May 1978.
In 2019 see Slaughter & The Dogs live at the Con Club on Thursday 25th April.
More info on Slaughter & The Dogs here: http://www.satd.band/