|Ed Banger and The Nosebleeds|
Years: 1976 - 1978; 2013 - present
Styles: Punk Rock
Ed Banger - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1976 - 1978; 2013 - present)
Al Crosby - Guitar (in band: ???? - present)
Vini Reilly - Guitar (in band: 1976 - 1978)
Peter Crooks - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1976 - 1978)
Toby Toman - Drums (in band: 1976 - 1978)
Mass Centi - Guitar (in band: 2013 - ????)
Mad Muffet - Drums (in band: 2013 - present)
Steve Wilson - Bass Guitar (in band: 2013 - present)
Wythenshaw Manchester spawned two sets of mates in bands enjoying a friendly rivalry - Slaughter & The Dogs and Wild Ram. Wild Ram were formed by Ed Banger and Toby Toman in their kitchen originally playing Beatles covers before moving on to play heavy metal complete with long solos and legs apart quo boogieismsl
Its late 1976 and these two bands going nowhere were about to change: Having played the Lesser Free Trade Hall Manchester once to about 30 people The Sex Pistols were returning again but this time with more publicity momentum and a buzz about them. While Slaughter & The Dogs managed to get on the bill, Ed failed and instead was roadie for the Dogs.
On the night violence flared and Edmund bleeding from a head wound from a bottle and his mate Pete with a nosebleed the immortal lines were uttered by someone: You're a right bloody mob aren't you? Headbanger here and him with a nosebleed. And so a bands name came into being.
Following the Pistols visit and the emergent punk rock scene Wild Ram became Ed Banger & The Nosebleeds who, like so many other bands, changed and adopted a more punk look and sound. As Wild Ram they had been unable to get gigs or played to 15 people. Now as a punk band "We ....had a single out, it was like 400 people at a concert."
A one off single with Rabid Records (1977) with "I Ain't Been To No Music School" / "Fascist Pigs", a spot on Tony Wilson's TV programme So It Goes and gigs in the the capital at venues like The Roxy should have been a springboard to success. Instead it wasn't. There was no money and noone got a penny for the single despite it selling 10,000 copies. The band started to argue, Vinnie Faal their long time manager was sacked and Ed and Vini left the band
With Ed and Vini gone two new replacements are tried out - Local New York Dolls fanatic and regular letter writer to the NME Stephen Morrissey on vocals and Billy Duffy on guitar. They play a couple of gigs and include Morrissey's self penned songs such as "I Get Nervous" and "(I think) I'm Ready For The Electric Chair". One gig was reviewed favourably the in NME before they call it a day. Billy Duffy then leaves to join the Studio Sweethearts comprised of one half of Slaughter & The Dogs. They make one single before splitting and the Dogs reforming in 1980.
Later of course Morrissey finds fame and fortune with those indie favourites The Smiths while Duffy will become beloved first of Goths with Southern Death Cult and then rockers everywhere with The Cult. Later on Toby played with a variety of bands including Primal Scream.
That should have been it but the story takes another twist. Ed reforms the band with only himself an original member. They play the Lyceum London as support to Penetration receiving a hail of beer cans etc and are bottled off stage.
The irony was that 4 years later after two sets of friends had bands that shared a friendly rivalry Ed Banger ended up in Slaughter & The Dogs as singer when the Dogs reformed and Wayne split to France. Ed sang on the album "Bite Back" and the singles "I'm The One" and "East Side Of Town" before the bands once again imploded with Mike Rossi moving to New York.
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