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.

2 thoughts on “MJ Drone, singer from The Drones RIP

  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. Dave Haslam

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

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