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Years: 1976 - 1981; 1999 - present
Styles: New Wave, Pop Rock, Power Pop, Punk Rock


Jack Black - Drums (in band: 1976 - 1981)
Casino Steel - Organ, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1976 - 1981; 1999 - present)
Matt Dangerfield - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1976 - 1981; 1999 - present)
Honest John Plain - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1976 - 1981; 1999 - present)
Duncan "Kid" Reid - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1976 – 1981; 1999 - 2011)


Martin H-Son - Drums
Stephane Reynaud - Drums
Steve "Vom" Ritchie - Drums (in band: 1999 - present)
Steve Fielding - Bass Guitar (in band: 2011 - present)

Biography Picture    The Boys were born when singer/guitarist Matt Dangerfield left the fledgling punk band London SS in September 1975 to form a new band with ex-Hollywood Brats keyboard player Casino Steel. Dangerfield’s art college friend, guitarist Honest John Plain, was soon recruited and in June 1976, two of Plain’s co-workers at a t-shirt printing company, bassist Duncan "Kid" Reid and drummer Jack Black, successfully auditioned to complete the line-up.

    Their first release was the single "I Don't Care", and in support of that release, they toured with John Cale of Velvet Underground. Their 16-track debut album, "The Boys", was recorded in early May 1977. However, the album's commercial release was delayed until 9 September 1977; which the band has blamed on the record company's "incompetence"

     The Boys released a second album on NEMS, titled "Alternative Chartbusters", and toured in support of it with the Ramones. The Boys then moved to Safari in 1979, and two albums and five singles followed before they broke up in the summer of 1981.

     On 31 July and 1 August 1999, four out of five original members, along with Steve "Vom" Ritchie (replacing Jack Black on drums, who was busy with his own band) played concerts in Japan. In September 2000, this new lineup played at the 'Holidays in the Sun Festival' in Bilbao, Spain.

     In June 2012 The Boys went into Rock On Studios in Annecy, France to record their first brand new album since 1981's "Boys Only"

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The Boys (Sep 23, 1977)
Alternative Chartbusters (Mar 17, 1978)
To Hell with the Boys (1979)
Boys Only (Jan 30, 1981)
Odds And Sods (1990)
Punk Rock Menopause (2014)

Singles & EPs

I Don't Care (Apr 12, 1977)
First Time (Jul 22, 1977)
Brickfield Nights (Mar 3, 1978)
Kamikaze (Nov 30, 1979)
Terminal Love (Jan, 1980)
You Better Move On (Mar 28, 1980)
Weekend (Oct 17, 1980)
Let It Rain (Apr, 1981)
Sick On You (Feb 22, 1999)
Jimmy Brown (2008)

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