We are sorry to hear of the death of MJ Drone the singer Â 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 Dronesâ 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”.
Â 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.