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The Mothmen were a short-lived post-punk band from England, formed around 1979 by Dave Rowbotham, Chris Joyce and Tony Bowers, shortly after they left The Durutti Column, including ex-Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias singer Bob Harding.

In 1979, they released their debut single on Absurd Records, “Does It Matter Irene?”, followed by the “Pay Attention!“ album, recorded in 1980 and issued in 1981. soon after Dave Rowbotham left and was replaced by Ronnie Hardman and Charlie Griffiths.

The new line-up produced a handful more singles and a further album, One Black Dot, before they split for good in early 1982.

Of the Mothmen's former members, Chris Joyce and Tony Bowers were to have the greatest subsequent commercial success, forming part of the first Simply Red rhythm section between 1984 and 1989.


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