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It seems strange now that anyone could associate the band with Oi music but it just goes to show what can happen when you name a song of yours with boot boys in the title.

An archetypal Punk band. Their style of music? Their sound was fast, furious and full of speed and coincided with punk and the Pistols, perhaps even predating it.

Hailing from the notoriously tough Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe (once the skinhead capital of the North) Slaughter & The Dogs originally formed when Wayne Barrett (vocals) and Mick Rossi (guitar) got together at school and decided to start a band picking up drummer , Brian (Mad Muffett) Grantham on a bus along the way!
Bassist Howard ‘Zip’ Bates joined them in late 1975. Wayne thought up the name for the band whilst lying in bed befire their first gig… a mixture of ‘Diamond Dogs’ by David Bowie and ‘Slaughter on 10th Avenue’ By Mick Ronson.

They did the usual rounds in local clubs and working mens’ clubs doing covers of Lou Reed and Bowie and started writing their own numbers. Going from strength to strength and picking up good press they found themselves at the forefront of the Manchester punk scene along with the Buzzcocks and The Drones, mirroring the London scene. Their gigging schedule grew heavier and they were soon playing at leading London punk venues like The Roxy and Vortex as well as others like the Marquee and Nashville. Live they were quite a sight with Wayne’s predilection for talc in the absence of smoke generators!!! The Roxy gave the band their first recording break when they appeared on its live album with two songs ‘Boston Babies’ and ‘Runaway’.


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  • jenn_cmr

    Their greatest hits album looks so good! It came out yesterday. I really like it!

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • alliedbakeries

    The sound of Wythenshawe,or as they described themselves : "a bunch of bastards from Sharston."

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BarbieTuran77

    Dame To Blame *.*

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    Great set at Rebellion 2012!

    10 Aug 2012 Reply
  • DethGatling

    I am Mad!!!

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • BlackRoseKilla

    Great band!!! the most underrated band in punk history

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • PuNK66uk

    wayne barret,mick rossi,the mad muppet and ,,,,some guy i forget name-sorry mate if your out there- where the original line-up.......we had SLAUGHTER and the DOGS.......Now theyve got justin bieber......HAHAHAHAHAH....FUCKINHA HA...........tough shit imao

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • PuNK66uk

    wayne barret lives in france -last i heard and hes probly still tryin to stop the talcum powder thing-they didnt have a smoke machine and he used to improvise-lol

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • L57NT


    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    How is Wayne Barrett an other guy, he's the original fuckin singer!

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • PuNK66uk

    i was a reabelion!-blackpool this year!!!!-Slaughter & the DOGS- are still my top band!- they came from near where i live!-pity it was only mick rossi & 3 other guys!

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    So fuckin good at Rebellion!!, did the entire "Do It Dog Style" album all the way through and ended with "The Bitch" and "Cranked Up"...fantastic!!!! Was even better cause I was up the front lol

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
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    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Hotkitty70

    Love this band!

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • Old_Punka

    Always were a great fuckin band...still fantastic live 30 odd years later.

    15 Nov 2010 Reply
  • nickwafer

    NOT an oi! band...

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Pete-Vyler

    If you like this music, you may also like Pete Vyler Band. Just a rocknroll Disaster gig. Thanx 4 your follow

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • GrindCrusherrr


    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • kanto_sho

    "Live Slaughter Rabid Dogs" is arguably one of the best live recordings from the period 77-81. don't even list the record!

    13 Oct 2010 Reply
  • kossowski

    they touched God ....... Morrissey .... they are blessed

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
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