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The Defects


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It was way back in 1978, in Northern Ireland, that the DEFECTS first picked up guitars, playing covers of punk classics to their mates. The original line-up consisting of Buck(vocals), Dukie(guitar), Glenn(drums) and Geoff(bass). By 1980 Geoff had been replaced by Gary and with leathers, studs & bristles intact, the band were ready for their assault on the music biz.

The band recorded the obligatory demo tape, but the response from English records companies was zero. Enter Dennis MILLIGAN, a friend of the band who offered to split the cost of releasing an EP with the boys. So with money borrowed from Bucks mum(amongst others), they set up their own Casualty Records label and their debut 45 “Dance Till You drop” hit the streets in 1981, quickly selling out of its 2000 pressing.Before the band even had the chance to think about repressing copies of the debut 7” or even releasing a follow up, in stepped John Curd, promoter and owner of the newly formed WXYZ Records. John had been pointed in the right direction by Melody Makers punk journalist Carol Clerk, herself a native of N.Ireland. John signed the DEFECTS on the strenght of Carols recommandation, without ever seeing them play.

The DEFECTS then ventured across the water to support label mates the ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE on their legendary ‘So What Tour’ in ‘82.


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