Paul Meehan Promotions Presents
Saturday 4th June 2022
Brudenell Social Club
Door Time 7.30pm
Age Restriction Under 14s must be accompanied
plus guest supports... VULZ , THE KINGCROWS and THE CONTINENTAL LOVERS
"Along with the Sex Pistols, Clash and The Damned, The Boys were part of the first wave of the mid-1970’s UK punk explosion. Armed with an arsenal of killer Steel/Dangerfield songs The Boys became the first UK punk band to sign an album deal in January 1977. Highly regarded by the music press and their contemporaries, their well-crafted songs, together with Steel and Dangerfield’s love of harmonies, led to them being described as ‘The Beatles of Punk’ but they could (and should) just as deservedly have been compared to the Ramones – fast, alternately brattish and tongue-in-cheek, and gloriously anthemic". Dave Henderson, Mojo
“The Boys made arguably one of the best LPs of the 70s with their self-titled first album and provided the template for superior Pop Punk before even the Buzzcocks had got out of first gear...”. Last FM
The Boys were born in September 1975 when singer/guitarist Matt Dangerfield left Mick Jones and Tony James's fledgling punk band London SS to form a new band with ex-Hollywood Brats songwriter/keyboard player Casino Steel.
Dangerfield's art college pal, guitarist Honest John Plain, was quickly recruited. The following year, they held auditions for the bass and drum roles with Kid Reid and Jack Black completing the line-up.
Matt Dangerfield, together with his flatmate Barry Jones (soon to be co-founder of London's first punk club The Roxy), had converted the tiny disused coal cellar of their rented basement flat in Maida Vale into a home recording studio cum rehearsal room.
As a consequence, 47a Warrington Crescent became extremely important in the development of the UK punk scene in the mid seventies. Mick Jones, Glen Matlock, Tony James, Rat Scabies, Brian James, Gene October, Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunders and Billy Idol were regular visitors.
Amongst others, The Sex Pistols, The Damned, London SS, Clash, Chelsea, Generation X and of course, The Boys, made their first recordings there. Amid this hotbed of creativity, Steel and Dangerfield quickly forged a prolific songwriting partnership.
The Boys made their live debut at London’s Hope and Anchor in October 1976. Mick Jones, Billy Idol, Joe Strummer, Tony James and Gene October were in attendance for The Boys first performance. A mere handful of gigs later, they became the first UK punk band to sign an album deal when NEMS Records snapped them up in January 1977.
Having released two albums and three singles with NEMS, they moved to Safari Records in 1979 where two further albums and five more singles followed.
The Boys’ critically acclaimed "Punk Rock Menopause"
, the band's first new studio album since 1981 was released on 20 June 2014. Featuring the original founder members and creative core of Matt Dangerfield, Casino Steel and Honest John Plain, the new album is packed with 13 iconic new songs bearing the band’s classic trademark blistering guitars, hard-edged melodies, killer hooks and layered harmonies.
Over the years countless bands have covered The Boys’ back catalogue – from Argentina to Germany and Japan to the USA – and even more artists have cited The Boys as a major influence.