The band was formed by ex-Dawn Patrol members Big Jim Brooks (vocals, guitar) and Gary Sandford (bass, vocals) (later replaced by Paul Quain), and drummer Mick ‘Sticks’ Robinson (later replaced by Paul Griffiths). They cited UK Subs, Cockney Rejects, Angelic Upstarts and The Clash as major influences. Signing to the Riot City label, their first release was a contribution to the various artists compilation Carry On Oi. 1982 saw the release of the band’s debut EP Have You Got 10p, a song which once saw the band answered by a shower of 10p coins throughout their set. The EP reached number 8 in the UK Indie Chart, and saw the band receive a lot of press coverage, including an interview by Garry Bushell in Sounds. This was followed in 1983 by the Noise For The Boys EP, and debut album A Touch Of Class, which were less well received, the latter described by Punk Lives as “completely empty of any real substance”. The band’s Jim Brooks put their failure to achieve a large following down to their live performances, saying “We were awful!”. The band’s perceived right-wing nationalist tendencies saw them ignored by the majority of the music press. The band recruited a second guitarist, “Dynamo” Kev Pallett, and released a second album in 1983, The Spirit of Rebellion, produced by The UK Subs’ Nicky Garratt, and featuring a more polished sound. Pallett and Sandford left the band shortly after the album’s release, with Brooks recruiting former D.I.R.T. bassist Paul Quain for the band’s final release, the Push The Button EP. A further EP, titled Public Animals was planned but fell victim to the folding of Riot City, with the band splitting at the same time.
Brooks and Sandford later worked together in pop/reggae band Jo Jo Republic.
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