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Glasgow band, Lugworm initially began life in 1992 as a duo of Graham Gavin (Ganger) and Richie Dempsey (Stretchheads/DeSalvo). The original intention was to emulate the sounds of rhythm-heavy bands similar to Ruins, The Ex and No Means No.

To expand their line-up with vocals, the bass and drum duo were swiftly joined by Jane McKeown (Lungleg/Peter Parker). This line-up dissolved almost as quickly as it had begun (never having left the rehearsal room). Undeterred, Gavin and McKeown expanded on the original line-up idea and recruited Andy McFarlane (Jerry Krishna/The Hormonauts) on drums and Dep Downie (Monorail Music) on guitar. The group quickly developed a short set list and found themselves, as part of a small collective, offering an antidote to the swathes of anodyne jangly pop that littered Glasgow’s then underground music scene.

The group shared gigs with the likes of Lungleg and The Yummy Fur, as well as a host of others (often closely associated with the then Glasgow Music Collective). During this timeline, the group played loudly and frenetically. Noticeable influences ranged from Rapeman to Dog Faced Hermans. These influences were often married with memorable riffs stolen from all and sundry, or more specifically: Glasgow’s Dawson, disco’s Donna Summer and meta-blowin’-jazzer, Roland Kirk. Around 1994 McFarlane vacated his drum stool to become a member of the subversive art movement, The Mutoid Waste Company. The group replaced him with Steven Dunbar who had been playing with both The Yummy Fur and the legendary bIG Flame/Mackenzies’ sound-alikes, Porno Coyote.

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