Ed Banger & the Nosebleeds
Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds was a short-lived punk band formed in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England in 1976. Though the band never recorded an album and released just one single, it is well known in modern rock history for the later successes of its individual members.
On July 20, 1976 fellow Wythenshawe band Slaughter & The Dogs supported the Sex Pistols along with the Buzzcocks at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall. The Sex Pistols were returning to the Hall after a legendary June 4 concert that served as a catalyst for Manchester's fledgling music scene.
Garrity worked the July 20 gig as a roadie for Slaughter & the Dogs. When the crowd became violent and he and a friend were injured, someone said, "You're a right bloody mob aren't you? Headbanger here and him with a nosebleed," inspiring Wild Ram's transformation into Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds. Vini Reilly, later of The Durutti Column played guitar, Garrity (Ed Banger) sang, Tomanov played drums and Peter Crookes played bass.
The newly-christened group changed their image and sound to concord with the punk movement and released the single "I Ain't Been to No Music School"/"Fascist Pigs" on Rabid Records. It sold 10,000 copies but failed to launch the band to success. At the Roxy in London the band played the same two songs over and over. "The audience went absolutely berserk," Reilly said, "and consequently we were asked to play again and again, because that was what was required."
The band began to argue over money and fired manager Vinnie Faal. Shortly thereafter, Garrity and Reilly left the band.
As of 2006, Garrity fronted a '70s glam band called Edwina's Rockschool. (MOJO Classic Magazine, Volume 1 Issue 13, Page 27)