Back to classics with the Drones, started out in the Manchester area in 1974 as a Glam Rock outfit called Rockslide, releasing a lone single ‘Jump Bump Boogaloo/Roller Coaster’ in October 1975, before reinvented themselves as a punk rock band the following year. The Drones then relocated to London and became one of the pioneering punk bands that performed in the first few months of the now-legendary Roxy Club. They supported The Vibrators in January 1977, headlined in February, and supported X-Ray Spex and Chelsea in March. Later that year they supported the Stranglers on a full UK tour, and appeared on two influential early punk compilation albums Streets and Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus. Their debut single, ‘Temptations Of A White Collar Worker’ (1977), was described by one reviewer as “classic dole-queue punk.” In October 1977, their second single, ‘Just Wanna Be Myself’ / ‘Bone Idol’, was released, and on 6th December they recorded a session at Maida Vale 4 studio for John Peel. Later that month, they released their debut album on Valer Records, Further Temptations, a shoddily produced document of a highly underrated band, armed with angry lyrics and a sharp sense of humour fuelling fiery originals like ‘Lift Off The Bans’ and ‘No More Time’. It’s was a great record but its release marked the beginning of the end for the band.
THE DRONES – Further Temptations 1977