Darren Murphy 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 ”Ëlost’ 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.