MJ Drone, singer from The Drones RIP

We are sorry to hear of the death of MJ Drone the singer  from legendary Manchester punk band, The Drones.
Formed in Manchester in 1975, the band started out as a pub rock outfit called Rockslide and released a single called “Roller Coaster”. When this failed to break through they were influenced by the new punk scene and reinvented themselves as a punk rock band.
Managed briefly by local music journalist the band never quite the breaks before moving to London where they became part of the emerging scene around the Roxy and supported the Stranglers on tour.
The band appeared on two influential early punk compilation albums Streets and Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus.
The band’s debut EP, Temptations Of A White Collar Worker (1977), was described by one reviewer as “classic dole-queue punk.”
IIn October 1977, the Drones’ second single, “Bone Idol”, was released. In December 1977, they recorded a session at Maida Vale 4 studio for John Peel at BBC Radio 1. The tracklisting was “Be My Baby”, “The Change”, “Clique”, and “Movement”.
 That same month they released their debut album, Further Temptations, which has come to be regarded as a punk classic.
The band reformed in 1999 for Rebellion festival and released their final second album.

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  1. Gerrt Attrick (Fire Exit )

    Totaly Gutted ,he was great musician and guy met years back. Mo and me had great fun together with all the band our love to best to the family and friends x

  2. The journalist who managed them being Paul Morley of course, John. Sad news this.

    • Mike used to stAy with me And my wife in the 7 8ties we first met in Spain on holiday l am gutted been trying to find him can you hook me up with his wife Maggie or his son just found out I used to go to air records and other gigs with him we once sang my eyes can’t see in a music shop in manchester with key boards I am so sad today I never forgot him or Middleton or Peter or his mum or his voice

  3. Mike Howells RIP. Use to hang around with Mike and his group Rockslide when they use to live above a shop on Oldham Road with his parents in Ancoats. Have some very good memories of that era, with Mike and others, the Cheshire Cheese, The Wine Cellar and the gigs in working mens clubs up in the north east. It was me who introduced him to his wife “Maggie” Eternal Rest Mike.


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