Release Date: 05/10/19
Brand new 7 Inch from '77 punk legends!
A history lesson...
Johnny Moped are an English punk rock group from south London, who once had Chrissie Hynde (later of The Pretenders) and Captain Sensible (later of The Damned) within their ranks. Formed in Croydon in May 1974, the band were a proto-punk band. Initially calling themselves Johnny Moped and the 5 Arrogant Superstars, by August they changed their moniker to Assault and Buggery, then the Commercial Band, before reverting to just Johnny Moped by January 1975.
Johnny Moped became one of the pioneering punk bands that played live in the first few months of London's now-legendary Roxy Club. They played two gigs in February 1977, one supporting Eater and one backing The Damned. The following month they played two more, one supporting Slaughter & The Dogs and the other backing The Damned. In April, they were on a bill that included Wire, X-Ray Spex and the Buzzcocks.
Johnny Moped's 'Hard Lovin' Man' appeared on the hit various artists album Live at the Roxy WC2 (Harvest Records, 1977). The band signed with Chiswick Records and released three singles, including 'Little Queenie' (a cover of the Chuck Berry song), and one album - Cycledelic - before splitting up. First single 'No-One' later featured on the Chiswick various artists sampler album Long Shots, Dead Certs and Odds On Favourites in 1978, while b-side 'Incendiary Device' made number 15 in BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel's 'Festive Fifty', the so-called 'lost list' of 1977.
Damaged Goods released the band's comeback LP It's A Real Cool Baby in 2016, since when a revitalised band have toured the UK, Germany, Holland and Scandinavia, recorded sessions for BBC 6Music and appeared at punk Festivals including Rebellion and Revelations. A further five 7' singles followed including a picture disc of the band covering Motorhead's classic 'Motorhead'. A biography of the band is in the pipeline and the band remain as active as ever.
|Label: Damaged Goods|
|Run Time: 5:43 mins|
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