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The K9s

The K9s

The K9s


The K9's were a punk band from Crowthorne, Berkshire in 1977. Rick Dellar on vocals, Greg Muden on guitar and vocals, Iain "Sprogg" Aird on bass and vocals and Kev Drain on drums. They were in a very similar vein to The Damned both musically (they frequently used to include a cover of New Rose in their set), and in their gloriously chaotic live performances: they regularly used to come on stage wearing all sorts of strange costumes (policemen, nurses, ballerinas, holiday makers. Read more on Last.fm
The K9's were a punk band from Crowthorne, Berkshire in 1977. Rick Dellar on vocals, Greg Muden on guitar and vocals, Iain "Sprogg" Aird on bass and vocals and Kev Drain on drums. They were in a very similar vein to The Damned both musically (they frequently used to include a cover of New Rose in their set), and in their gloriously chaotic live performances: they regularly used to come on stage wearing all sorts of strange costumes (policemen, nurses, ballerinas, holiday makers....) and frequently ended up playing the encores stark bollock naked! They originally started out as Rick Rodent And The Sewer Rats back in '76 and used to be regulars at Bones Club in Reading until it closed. After that they only gigged sporadically until mid '78 when they split up. They reformed in '79 which was when they recorded the single K9 Hassle / Idi Amin / Sweeney Todd which they released themselves on their own Dog Breath label.

They initially rejected a recording contract offered to them by the local record shop, Quicksilver, but subsequently were forced to agree to sign up for 2 singles because they needed someone to sponsor them on tour as they'd been offered a support slot by The Damned. Unfortunately no money was forthcoming from Quicksilver so they had to abandon the tour and, feeling understandably annoyed and despondent, they decided to call it a day again. In the meantime they had recorded four tracks - Sewer Rats, Speeding, their own slightly rewritten version of Leader Of The Pack retitled Dose Of The Clap, and The Weekend Starts Here. These were going to be released as an EP, tentatively entitled The K9's Four Skins - but these tracks were left unfinished when they split up . Sprogg later mixed down a couple of these tracks, The Weekend Starts Here and Dose Of The Clap, as me and my mate Captain Callous were hoping to release them as a free flexi-disc with the 'zine we used to produce (Grinding Halt) but the pressing plant refused to produce them because of the highly questionable lyrical content! Meanwhile, Sprogg had started playing guitar in a new punk / oi! / thrash outfit called Zerox; Greg joined another leading local band called General Accident for a while; Kev played for quite a few local groups, notably Between Pictures, and Rick just seemed to disappear of the face of the earth for a while. The original line-up reformed yet again in 1980 but had to masquerade as an R 'n' B band under the name Gene Creamer And The Bunkbeds (!) because The K9's reputation for wild live performances had preceded them, and they found they had already been banned in advance from just about every venue in the Thames Valley! Greg, Sprogg and Kev. later played together in another band called The Geisha Girls Read more on Last.fm.

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