40th Anniversary 5-cd box set
+ Reissue of their first ever single Shadow/Love Story on 7" green vinyl
Due out on 28 July via Beggars Arkive
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Beggars Arkive is excited to release a 5-cd box set for pioneering British punk band The Lurkers. The Lurkers were the first ever band on Beggars Banquet, and the whole label history boils down to their existence. Formed in West London in 1976, they are one of the most notable bands of early UK punk and within eighteen months the band had 5 UK top 75 chart singles with appearances on Top Of The Pops. This 5-cd, 86 track box includes their two Beggars Banquet albums (Fulham Fallout and God’s Lonely Men), all of their singles and 9 demos, 21 BBC session tracks, and the Pete Stride / John Plain album New Guitars In Town (the first time on CD), due out on 28 July (excluding North America). Now cult icons, their early singles have been noted over the years as being punk classics. Henry Rollins included their debut album “Fulham Fallout” as one of his 20 favourite punk albums in LA Weekly, and Mojo included their “Just Thirteen” single in their list of the best punk rock singles of all time.
The early line-up consisted of Pete Stride on Guitar, Pete "Manic Esso" Haynes on drums, Howard Wall on vocals and Arturo Bassick on Bass (replaced after the first two singles by Nigel Moore). Their first single, released exactly 40 years ago, was the song “Shadow” b/w “Love Story”. Their biggest hit was 1978’s “Aint Got A Clue” which reached #45 on the UK singles chart. The band was a John Peel favourite, recording four sessions, and they played Top Of The Pops as well as other high profile UK shows. Disbanding after the release of their second album, they re-formed in 1982 with a new vocalist but broke up again in 1984. In the years since, the band has continued in various forms, notably with the three core members under the name The Lurkers God’s Lonely Men who most recently released an album titled The Future's Calling.
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