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London, United Kingdom (1977 – 1980)

The Motors were a British pub rock/punk band, formed in London in 1977 by former Ducks Deluxe members Nick Garvey and Andy McMaster, together with guitarist Rob Hendry (replaced in May 1977 by Bram Tchaikovsky) and drummer Ricky Slaughter.

Their first single was “Dancing The Night Away”, which spent a month in the public eye, and reached number 42 in the UK Singles Chart in 1977. Two other sizeable hits followed. In 1978 the band released “Airport” - which proved to be the band’s biggest seller - and which peaked at number 4. The song was also a minor hit in the United States. The follow-up - the Motown-influenced “Forget About You” - was released two months later.

The Motors’ original recording line-up released two albums, both of which met with modest success; The Motors 1 in 1977 and Approved By The Motors the following year. After that record, the Motors split up; Garvey and McMaster used the band’s name for the 1980 album Tenement Steps, which didn’t equal the spark of their first two records.


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  • Tr1xx

    See if you can find the 12 incher of "Dancing The Night Away" . . . a real cracker

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Hell_Pet

    Dancing The Night Away > all.

    26 Jun 2012 Reply
  • vegetubleman

    Dancing the night away = their only masterpiece? most of the pther songs are so-so But Dancing the night away is genius!

    8 Jun 2012 Reply
  • mkorchia

    airport = their only masterpiece; most of the pther songs are so-so But airport is genius!

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • rhapsody38

    big time favourite... of all times...

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Gabriel_Opeth

    Airport is awesome

    12 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Triebert91

    Fly her away, fly her awaaaaay - Airport!

    11 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Vanilla-villa

    Airport! <3

    10 Aug 2009 Reply
  • JeTBoy2

    The song Airport is just top stuff. Love it!

    1 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    aaahhh yes. . . the late, great John Peel declared Dancing The Night Away to be his 1977 record of the year

    27 Apr 2008 Reply
  • xaj224k

    this track allways remins me of holidays in devon.

    21 Apr 2008 Reply
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