Friday 15th May
The Black Box
18-22 Hill St
tickets £8.00 from www.wegottickets.com or on the door
The Lurkers were a late 1970s English punk rock group from West London, notable for being the first group ever on Beggars Banquet Records.
Unlike most of their UK contemporaries, The Lurkers’ influence lay far more with American punks The Ramones, than with British trailblazers The Sex Pistols and The Clash. Their heavily, and unabashedly derivative style, garnered them the affectionate tag of “The British Ramones”.
Their debut single, 1977’s “Shadow”/”Love Story,” was the first release on Beggars Banquet Records; their biggest hit was 1978’s “Ain’t Got a Clue”/”Ooh, Ooh I Love You,” reaching No. 45 on the UK singles chart. Their first two LP’s were 1978’s Fulham Fallout and 1979’s God’s Lonely Men, and they issued several more singles on Beggars Banquet, such as “Heroin It’s All Over” in 1982, but by the close of the decade, punk rock had fallen out of fashion, and The Lurkers’ straightforward take on the genre was not equipped to evolve. Owing to a lack of commercial success and the shifting musical climate, Beggars Banquet dropped The Lurkers, precipitating their break-up.
In the years since, they have reunited with various personnel numerous times, and continue to record and perform to this day. Their legacy, however, is primarily founded on their late ’70s output. “Shadow” and “Ain’t Got a Clue” in particular are cited by punk cognoscenti as classic examples of the style, and still show up from time to time on genre overview compilations.
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For those of you who donâ€™t already know, Shame Academy are a kind of Ulster Punk supergroup consisting of Brian Young (Rudi), Greg Cowan (The Outcasts) and Petesy Burns (Stalag 17). The guys were coaxed into forming a band to play at the launch of the Ulster punk bible â€˜It Makes You Want To Spit!â€™ back in Nov 2003, where they received a heroes welcome. They re recorded their own punk hits which made Northern Ireland vibrate in the late 70s/early 80s. "Punk Rock For Dummies" is a must for anybody who was ever into Rudi or The Outcasts, consisting of 12 studio tracks followed by 14 live tracks.
due to unforeseen circumstances The Lurkers show has been postponed until July
thanks Sarah , you beat me to it, should have new date next week.