Darren Murphy : Wasted Youth RIP
Darren Murphy : Wasted Youth RIP


Darren Murphy RIP

Darren Murphy : Wasted Youth RIP
Darren Murphy : Wasted Youth RIP

Former bass player with Wasted Youth, the proto-goth, post-punk band from the East End of London, Darren Murphy has died from cancer on 15th February. It was announced on the Facebook page for the old Bridgehouse pub/venue/label here .

He is survived by his father, ex-boxer Terry Murphy who ran the pub, booked the bands, started the Bridgehouse Record Label and managed his sons band. His other son is Glen Murphy, the boxer turned actor, best-known for his role as George in ITV’s Londons Burning.

Wasted Youth were arguably the greatest ”Ëœlost’ London band of the post-punk years. Rarely mentioned, if at all, in the era’s music history books, they were heavily influenced by the dark narcotic glamour of the Velvets, the Doors and Transformer-era Lou Reed. The Only Ones Peter Perrett produced them, as did Martin Hannett. They were hugely popular as the Eighties dawned with punks looking for something more sexy and sophisticated and looked set to become much more than the cult band they became. They pre-dated Positive Punk and Goth and are still remembered as quietly-influential and a superb live band by fans.

Rest In Peace Darren -one of the coolest, most stylish bassists I’ve ever seen.

The link to Wasted Youth’s site is not for the crass purposes of shifting product following a pop-stars demise. I have included it because 1/. Old Youth fans may not be aware of the DVD’s existence /availability and 2/. I’m very proud of the review further down the page.

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  1. The DJ at the Dog and Trumpet, Johnny Cocaine used to play these when I first started going out, a great band and a sad loss

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  3. My youngest son Darren has left us just 50 years old
    he had a great send of with Bands Actors Authors screenwriters there must have been over a 1000.mourners there,we sent his Bass guitar with him so he can still knock out a tune or 2 love you Darren Ma and Pa xx

    • I knew your son and he was the nicest Londoner I ever met. I am so sorry to hear the news.
      I can only have good thoughts about him.
      I worked with him doing office furniture installations. Everybody liked him.
      I just found out by chance and I still cannot believe it.
      I wanted to send him back a book he lent me about the ICF, given to him by his friend Pennant, and I won’t have the chance to thank him anymore.
      I could still post it to your address or PO box if you wish.

      God bless you and may God forgive his sins

  4. Very sorry to hear about Darren Murphy. I didn’t know him personally but was/am a big fan of Wasted Youth x

  5. Darren Immune system pack up causing organ failer,this is why he died when this happens you cannot fight infection

  6. Very sorry to hear about DARREN to all the Murphy Family,
    Only just found out about DARREN
    In newham recorder,
    Old mate of DARRENS from ,Canning town

  7. I’m so sorry to hear of Darrens death, I found out at the end of April. I got to know Darren during the Wasted Youth days, he would always let us blag some equipment when we supported them. When Nick and I formed Persian Flowers he would come to our gigs. He was great to party with and very genuine, I know what Terry and the family must be going thru as I lost a younger brother, it sucks!!


  8. i only just heard about this terry i am so sorry terrible thing to loose him at such a young age,please send my belated best wishes to all the family.i have such great memories of our friendship while i was at bow common lane days that i will always treasure. love and best wishes john murphy

  9. only just heard about this..WY were my favourite band and I was just trawling through the web unable to sleep. I followed WY around for a while with my friend Clint and we used to meet up with two girls, Kate and Elaine from London. We were just young and a little scared of travelling to the famous East End in those days. The Bridgehouse was a fantastic place and everyone was welcoming. We got to speak to all the guys and Darren seemed a lovely bloke..cool…down to earth…brilliant. Left feeling numb now… off to my courier job driving a van round the black country in an hour…will seek out my WY cd’s and remember those amazing days with Darren still a part of them. RIP and thanks for making my life a far better place.

  10. I’ve only just found this site and thought I’d like to say something about Darren.
    Back in the day, when I was a long haired rock fan, the Bridge House was a haven for similar minded people. It was here that I first met Darren, son of the Bridge House manager, Terry Murphy. We used to talk about bands, music and girls…and not much else! We both got into ‘Punk’ at the same time, in late ’76, and I played in a few ‘punk’ bands, the most successful of which were ‘The Tickets’. After ‘The Tickets’ split up, I got to know Darren really well and we soon became best mates. We’d spend hours listening to the Velvets, Iggy, Dub and Roots Reggae, the Clash and lots of spacey sounding early ‘70’s synth bands. We went to loads of gigs and generally hung out together. Darren was a lovely, happy, sensitive, open minded, funny, creative, modest and beautiful bloke.
    I decided to form a new band and wanted any potential recruits to share my vision, not only of how we would sound but how we looked and thought as well. Darren was the obvious second recruit (the first was Andy Scott, my brother and drummer in The Tickets). We then got Darren’s mate from school, Nick Nicole, in on keyboards and Andy’s schoolmate, Mick Atkins, joined as tape operator, FX and feedback specialist. Unfortunately, two couldn’t play at all and Darren was still learning so we rehearsed and rehearsed and rehearsed. We chose the name Wasted Youth and eventually got some bookings supporting bigger bands but before long had started to draw audiences of our own, first in London and then further afield. We made records and toured. We got bigger and played bigger venues. We were on the front cover of ‘Sounds’, a national weekly music paper, and the band’s popularity grew and grew. We earned, and deserved, the reputation of being a great live band and regularly blew bigger bands off stage. Every day and night, right from the start, I shared a hotel room with Darren. Yet, I can honestly say we never argued even once let alone fell out. I spent more time with Darren than my girlfriend, my family or the rest of the band put together!
    After Wasted Youth folded we carried on with a few music projects but ‘other’ things got in the way and we started to drift apart. It wasn’t a conscious decision, more of a matter of needs and demands. We met up a handful of times towards the late 80’s/early nineties and it was like the old days but this time there was no ‘other’ factors getting in the way I’m pleased to say. Darren started to settle down and was soon to have a family and I started a university degree course. Needless to say, neither of us had much spare time and we just stopped calling each other. Darren was often in my thoughts and always with me in spirit. In fact, he still is.
    I think I last saw Darren at big Tel’s record pressing plant in Stratford in the ’90’s. He looked great and was really excited about a record label he’d just started. It was great to see him so well and happy. We gave each other a big hug and said our goodbyes. Sadly, that proved to be the last time we said goodbye to each other.
    This is the first time I’ve expressed publicly just how sad to hear about Darren’s death I was, and still am. I attended his funeral and was overwhelmed by the love everyone shared for him. He will be missed but not forgotten. A beautiful bloke.
    My thoughts are with his family and all those that knew and loved him, myself included.
    I’ll remember you.

    • That is just fantastic Ken, he was a wonderful man in a wonderful band
      I hope you are well

    • Nicely put Ken , Darren was a great guy always had time for the fans , I remember at the Mayfair in Newcastle when he wouldn’t rest till he got some publicity pics out of the van for me , mind you all the Wasted Youth guys were great , fantastic band , I remember once back at the Bridge House Darren played me and my then girlfriend some tapes that hadn,t been released , asking opinions etc , I gave him a tape of me doing some Marc Bolan songs once, he remembered the next time I saw him to say he thought it was good, Ken last time I saw you was at an Hanoi Rocks gig, Rocco gave me a lift a couple a times from the Bridge House when I lived in London , brilliant band , brilliant people , never forgotten! Andy

    • Showing my teenage kids my musical inspirations and then dug deeper on wiki and was saddened to hear the news. was a Notts punk who saw them at Retford porterhouse and had WY stencilled on back of leather jacket…spoke to band and tried to buy Darren’s black suede cowboy style jacket with tassels !,,,, was the coolest dude I’d seen on stage….RIP

  11. Darron was a great uncle to me and I would love to talk to him again for half .hour… Just put his name into google on the off chance to see some info on his band, I’m very shocked to see how many people knew and loved him!!!

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  18. So devastated to read about Darren’s untimely death, and touched to read this tribute by Ken. I woke up three days ago with Jealousy playing in my head and looked everyone up. From an old fan and friend of the band, now in Brooklyn. Belated condolences to family and friends. Basia


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