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There are at least two bands of this name:

1. The Purple Hearts were an Australian rock group, formed in Brisbane in 1964. The band consisted of lead vocalist Mick Hadley, lead guitarist Barry Lyde (known as Lobby Loyde), rhythm guitarist Fred Pickard, bassist Bob Dames, and drummers Adrian ‘Red’ Redmond (1964-66) and Tony Cahill (1966-67).

2. Purple Hearts were often considered one of the best British mod revival groups. The Story of mod revivalists the Purple Hearts begins in 1977 when teenagers Jeff Shadbolt, Simon Stebbing, Bob Manton, and Nicky Lake formed in Romford Essex as The Sockets in 1977 before they even knew how to play their instruments (taking a cue from the then-prevailing DIY aesthetics of the punk rock movement) for the sole purpose of getting a support slot at a Buzzcocks gig at the East London Ploytechic, to debut their tounge-in-cheek Rock Opera ‘Reg’. The amused audience took the amateurish teenage punks to heart and the group decided to soldier on, even after they had accomplished their original goal. Several gigs followed, including an appearance on a float in the Romford Carnival. In 1978, their drummer Nick Lake broke his leg and was replaced by Gary Sparks, the band switched their name to Purple Hearts, after an amphetamine-barbiturate mixture popular with the mods of 1960s. Accordingly, they changed their sound from the rough-edged punk rock which was already beginning to fall out of favour to a more mod-influenced sound, which, thanks largely to The Jam, was beginning to capture public attention.


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  • WarriorJones

    Great music that apparently no one is listening to. What the hell.

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • rockandbake

    Da-a-a-ance !

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • ashleyrobb

    'early in the morning' by the original purple hearts is one of the heaviest garage psych songs i've ever heard in my life.

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • agmp

    The Purple Hearts are live at the Clapham Grand on Friday 8th July as special guest of FROM THE JAM. buy tickets now at

    21 Jun 2011 Reply
  • whythe60shateus

    great name<33

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • ska5446was

    muy buen grupo

    10 Jul 2009 Reply

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