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The Spurts


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The Spurts began life in Rayleigh, Essex (1977 originals) as Johnny Pullback and the Foreskins. This name was later dropped as there was already another band called The Foreskins. The Spurts started with three school mates: Dave Coltman, Steve Manuell & Paul Langwith. Punk was exploding everywhere, it was 1977 England, so therefore they had to start a band. Another schoolmate, Dave Walsh, was dragged in to play Bass.

They practiced, then played some parties at “the Bungalow.” The Spurts first proper gig was at the Lindisfarne Catholic Centre. Deeno’s Marvels, Idiot, Vicars, and Sniper were on the bill, the ticket didn’t even mention the Spurts!! Played further places in the Basildon/Southend area, the Van Gough pub mainly.

In August 1978, Steve Manuell (vocals) left to move to sunny Cardiff and Phil McCavity came in as the singer. Bass players were changable: Vince was there for a short while then Ralph Malph came in as the next proper bass man. At about this time Perry Bamonte joined as well. An infamous gig was played at the Van Gough supporting Raped.
Dave Coltman (guitar) left and was later playing in the Sickies.

1979 (?) saw the allstar line up gig with Steve, Dave, Paul, Perry & Ralph for one gig at Eastwood High School with The Psychopaths. A bit of a riot, that one!

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