Slaughter & the Dogs are an English punk rock band that formed in the mid 1970s in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England. They were one of the first UK punk bands to sign with a major label, Decca Records.
The name "Slaughter & the Dogs" was created by singer Wayne Barrett in 1975 by combining the names of Diamond Dogs and Slaughter on 10th Avenue, two of his favourite albums. They were one of the first punk rock bands in North West England. They supported the Sex Pistols at their now-legendary gig at Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall on 20 July 1976. This concert, more than any other single event, spawned Manchesterís punk scene. That scene was concentrated around the Electric Circus Club and gave encouragement to several bands, including Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias, the Buzzcocks, John Cooper Clarke, the Distractions, John Dowie, the Drones, the Durutti Column, the Fall, the Freshies, Joy Division, Magazine, the Nosebleeds, the Passage, as well as Slaughter & The Dogs. As one cultural commentator observed, "London had the Roxy, Manchester had the Electric Circus".
The band befriended Rob Gretton, later to manage Joy Division, and with his financial help became the first band to release a single on Manchesterís independent record label Rabid Records. In 2001, this debut single, "Cranked Up Really High" (originally released in June 1977), was included in Mojo magazineís list of the top 100 punk rock singles of all time. It also appeared on Streets, which has been cited as an "essential" compilation album of early UK punk bands from a variety of independent record labels. In 2006, "Cranked Up Really High" re-appeared on the Paul Morley compiled three-disc box set, North by North West: Liverpool & Manchester from Punk to Post-punk and Beyond (Korova), an overview of the punk, new wave and post-punk scene in those two cities.