PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!
BASICALLY, JOHNNY MOPED
FILM PREMIERE AND LIVE SHOW – TONIGHT!
KOKO (The MUSIC MACHINE) CAMDEN, LONDON 19th SEPT 2013
Formed in 1974 by a group of school friends from Croydon, Johnny Moped were the band fronted by, and named after the enigmatic Paul Halford (aka Johnny Moped). By 1977 the group found themselves at the heart of the burgeoning punk scene in London and for a brief moment even looked like contenders.
‘When I first met Johnny,’ Captain Sensible – the band’s original guitarist – says, ‘I just thought, this guy is a bundle of frenetic energy; he’s a megastar waiting to happen.’
By 1978, after an intense year of activity, the band were completing their first record with Chiswick Records and things were looking promising. But whilst adding the final touches to the record, Johnny – who had recently married – started to become evasive as his mother-in-law exerted pressure on him to leave the group. “In the end we had to basically kidnap him every time we had a gig or needed to record!’ said Dave Berk, the bands drummer.
Despite being able to count both Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible as past members, success was not to come their way and Johnny Moped are now largely forgotten – punk rock’s great lost band!
Their story is however a fascinating one that, along with some of the era’s most innovative music deserves to be heard.
They have set up a shop which has some really rare and interesting posters, records and other memorabilia on it…click the picture below…
AND LASTLY… A PLUG FOR OUR JOHNNY MOPED ALBUM…
THE LEGENDARY OFFICIAL JOHNNY MOPED BOOTLEG ALBUM IS BACK!
Hi Tomcats! Yes, this 26 track CD and limited edition DOUBLE vinyl album contains all the stuff from the original Johnny Moped Bootleg cassette which they used to sell at gigs in ‘76 & ‘77 and some of the tracks from the bootleg freebie 7” which originally came with their debut album on Chiswick.
It features their earliest recordings from 1974 recorded in various bedrooms right through to 1977 studio out-takes and live stuff.
This is available on CD, Download and DOUBLE VINYL on these crazy colours!
CLICK THE RECORDS TO BUY ON e-BAY OR GO TO THE DG SHOP
SEE YOU DOWN THE FRONT