It seems strange now that anyone could associate the band with Oi music but it just goes to show what can happen when you name a song of yours with boot boys in the title.
An archetypal Punk band. Their style of music? Their sound was fast, furious and full of speed and coincided with punk and the Pistols, perhaps even predating it.
Hailing from the notoriously tough Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe (once the skinhead capital of the North) Slaughter & The Dogs originally formed when Wayne Barrett (vocals) and Mick Rossi (guitar) got together at school and decided to start a band picking up drummer, Brian (Mad Muffett) Grantham on a bus along the way!
Bassist Howard ‘Zip’ Bates joined them in late 1975. Wayne thought up the name for the band whilst lying in bed befire their first gig… a mixture of ‘Diamond Dogs’ by David Bowie and ‘Slaughter on 10th Avenue’ By Mick Ronson.
They did the usual rounds in local clubs and working mens’ clubs doing covers of Lou Reed and Bowie and started writing their own numbers. Going from strength to strength and picking up good press they found themselves at the forefront of the Manchester punk scene along with the Buzzcocks and The Drones, mirroring the London scene. Their gigging schedule grew heavier and they were soon playing at leading London punk venues like The Roxy and Vortex as well as others like the Marquee and Nashville. Live they were quite a sight with Wayne’s predilection for talc in the absence of smoke generators!!! The Roxy gave the band their first recording break