999 were first conceived in late 1976 when Nick Cash (vocals/guitar) and Guy Days (vocals/lead guitar), who were at school together, decided to form a group. Within a couple of months they had teamed up with Jon Watson (bass) and Pablo Labritain (drums) and 999 were officially born.
Their first gig was at the Northampton Cricket Club in January 1977. Interest in the band was immediate and constant gigging around London brought with it critical acclaim and a hard core following of supporters from Southall, calling themselves 'The Crew'. These ranks were soon swollen by the Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Munich, Vienna, Zagreb, Stockholm, Oslo, Berlin, New York, LA., Toronto, Philadelphia, and San Francisco 'Crews' each proving as dedicated as the last.
The frenzy and raw energy of the early days were captured by their debut single “I’m Alive” on the bands own Labritain label and sold well enough to become a minor hit. Next through their association with United Artists records the second and third singles, “Nasty Nasty” and the now classic “Emergency” were released both scaling the lower reaches of the charts and confirming 999 to be one of the major forces in the British New Wave Movement.
The first album titled simply “999” was released and was greeted with impressive sales and critical acclaim. Extensive touring took them throughout Britain and Europe where they now encountered full houses.
The second album 'Separates' was released and immediately the single 'Homicide' leapt straight into the UK top forty without any Radio airplay and was banned by the BBC and most radio stations.
Early 1979 saw the band embarking on their first U.S. tour, which was an achievement in itself, as they were still without a record deal in America at the time. Response to the band was ecstatic, all the venues being filled and import albums being sold out in a rush of enthusiasm. The band were immediately booked for a return trip.
Since leaving United Artists 999 have recorded another eleven albums. Jon Watson was replaced in 1986 on bass by Danny Palmer and subsequently by Arturo Bassick (also of The Lurkers )in 1991. To date the band have completed 15 U.S. tours, 101 London gigs, 36 UK tours and 24 European tours visiting Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Yugoslavia, Japan, Argentina and Brazil.DEAD POLLYS
Dead Pollys is a swedish act of vintage punk by vintage punkers. It started in 2011 in Stockholm Sweden by Nizze (formerly Sighstens Grannar & Mansic) who is the singer (maker of noise). After a few years Juba (formerly Sir Reg) jumped in on bass. During 2022 Martin (De Lyckliga Kompisarna, formerly Sighstens Grannar) started beating the drums and Clabbe (formerly Mansic) was taking over the lead guitar.
Dead Pollys toured with Down By Law in the US 2015 and The Vibrators in Sweden 2019. In 2022 they opened for 999 in London and now they’re on tour once again!THE CITIES
Get ready for a Festive Friday Night of PURE PUNK ROCK MAYHEM on Friday 15th December 2023!
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