The Boys (UK band)

The Boys (UK Band)

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The Boys are an English punk rock band formed in London in 1976.

Members of the band had previously played in other groups, such as London SS and Hollywood Brats. After recording four studio albums and eight singles, as well as recording Christmas themed music under the name The Yobs, they disbanded in the summer of 1982. Starting again in 1999, most of the original band members have played concerts together.


In June 1976, a factory worker, Honest John Plain, and fellow employees, Duncan "Kid" Reid (vocals and bass, now a board member of UK media finance and advisory firm, Ingenious Media) and Jack Black (drums) formed a band. They were joined by Casino Steel (keyboards and vocals) and Matt Dangerfield (guitar and vocals). Dangerfield & Steel had previously met at art college in Leeds, Yorkshire. Steel (ex-Hollywood Brats) and Dangerfield played in the London SS together, a group which at some point included future members of The Clash, The Damned, Chelsea and Generation X. Dangerfield had converted his rented basement apartment in Maida Vale into a home recording studio where they recorded early on. The band played their first concert at the Hope and Anchor pub in Islington, London in September 1976. Notable attendees in the crowd included; Mick Jones, Billy Idol, Tony James and Gene October. After a handful of concerts, The Boys signed to NEMS in January 1977, and were at that time the only British punk band to have a record deal (The Sex Pistols...
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