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1) Drones were a punk rock band from Manchester, England. For a period of time, the band were produced and managed by Paul Morley
Formed in Manchester in 1975, the band started out as a pub rock outfit called Rockslide and released a single called “Roller Coaster”. When this failed to make an impact, they reinvented themselves as a punk rock band. The band developed a local rivalry with the emerging band the Buzzcocks, but failed to match the success of their rivals outside of their home town.

Most bands in the thriving Manchester punk scene stayed in the city, but The Drones relocated to London. They became one of the pioneering punk bands that performed in the first few months of the now-legendary Roxy Club. They supported The Vibrators in January 1977, headlined in February, and supported X-Ray Spex and Chelsea in March. Later that year they supported The Stranglers on tour. The band appeared on two influential early punk compilation albums Streets and Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus.
The band’s debut EP, Temptations Of A White Collar Worker (1977), was described by one reviewer as “classic dole-queue punk.” In October 1977, the Drones’ second single, “Bone Idol”, was released. In December 1977, they recorded a session at Maida Vale 4 studio for John Peel at BBC Radio 1. The tracklisting was “Be My Baby”, “The Change”, “Clique”, and “Movement”.[6] That same month they released their debut album, Further Temptations, which has come to be regarded as a punk classic.

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