999 became a popular act within the London punk circuit, releasing its first single (“I’m Alive”) in 1977 under its own label. The band soon found chart success, attaining five top 100 UK hits under the United Artists label. However, 999’s popularity began to wane in the early 1980s. 999 disbanded in the mid-1980s only to reform soon afterward. They have since released several albums and continue to tour.
Also similar to the Ruts, 999 built much of their following through gigging the down and dirty venues around Southall in West London. 999 never showed the same reggae influences as the Ruts though, maintaining a ‘pure punk’ sound throughout. They are also still alive and well, and still gigging it hard.
check out the official 999 web site at www.nineninenine.net
Edited by benxander on 26 Aug 2014, 12:14
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