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The Moors Murderers

The Moors Murderers was a short-lived punk band who caused controversy by naming themselves after the perpetrators of the Moors murders. The band was founded in 1977 by Steve Strange, later to be in Visage.[1]

History

Steve Strange got the idea to start a group called the Moors Murderers after a conversation with Soo Catwoman. They were initially a 'phantom' band who just did a photo session for the German magazine Bravo.[2] This was well received so Strange decided to form a real band using that name.

Their first gig was in December 1977. This was a benefit concert for the NSPCC, supporting the Slits at Holland Park Comprehensive School.[2] Some have suggested that this gig was actually played by the Photons under another name.[2] However others have stated that Chrissie Hynde was already in the band at this time.[3] This discrepancy may be due to the fact that for much of the time the two bands had interchangeable members.[4] The Moors Murderers played a further and final gig at the Roxy club on 13 January 1978.[2]

The band recorded one single for Jet Records called Free Hindley.[1] They approached the Sex Pistols producer Dave Goodman to produce it but he refused. However, he suggested that in order to show that they did not condone murder the B-side should be a version of the Ten Commandments set to music. This suggestion was accepted.[3]

In January 1978 the Sunday Mirror featured an article about the record under the headline 'Why must they be so cruel?'. It also showed a photograph of the band wearing hoods made from pillowcases.

Later that month Strange and Doughty were recognized on Oxford Street and physically assaulted.[1]. Shortly afterwards Strange announced in a Sounds magazine interview that he was abandoning the project.[3]

Line-up

Around early 1977

  • Steve Strange
  • Soo Catwoman

Around mid-to-late 1977 (The Holland Park School gig)

1978: probably last line-up

Discography

  • Free Hindley (acetate/bootleg single)

References

  1. ^ a b c "Moors Murderers, The Band". Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Andrew Gallix (9 May 2010). "The Moors Murderers". Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Dave Goodman (10 May 2002). "Steve Strange -correction". Davegoodman.co.uk. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ "The Photons". Punk77. April 2010. Retrieved 2015.

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