Slaughter & the Dogs
Hailing from the ‘notoriously tough’Manchester suburb of Wythenshawe (once the skinhead capital of the North) Slaughter & The Dogs was originally formed when Wayne Barrett (vocals) and drummer, Brian (Mad Muffett) Grantham, got together with bassist Howard 'Zip' Bates joined them in late 1975. Originally twin guitars, Mick Rossi became the sole guitarist when Mike Day left. Wayne thought up the name for the band whilst lying in bed prior to their first gig (a mixture of Diamond Dogs by Bowie and Slaughter on 5th Avenue By Mick Ronson) hence Slaughter And The Dogs!
They did the usual rounds in local clubs and working men's clubs doing covers of Lou Reed, Bowie and started writing their own numbers. Going from strength to strength and picking up good press they found themselves at the forefront of the Manchester punk scene along with the Buzzcocks and The Drones mirroring the London scene.
They blagged their way onto the bill of the Free Trade Hall gig with The Sex Pistols and Buzzcocks and managed to get themselves as second on the bill and first on the posters advertising the event and missing out The Buzzcocks! They came on stage with long hair, satin, guitar poses a la Ronson etc and were hammered by the press and audience. "We really deserved the slagging we got when we first started, but I think its gone on a bit long, we should given the chance to show what we can do."
But, after seeing The Pistols and their look and sound and after taking to heart the criticisms they were astute to enough to see which way the wind was blowing as they cut their hair, changed their clothes and took on the new style like so many other bands of the time. They released the single "Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone?" in 1978. The same year, singer Wayne Barrett left the band and they began rehearsing with new vocalist Morrissey. Morrissey recorded four songs with them, but did not become a permanent part of the band. (MOJO Classic Magazine, Volume 1 Issue 13, Page 22) Their cover version of "You're Ready Now", takes it origins from Frankie Valli's solo chart single of 1970.
They changed their name to the more concise Slaughter in the early 1980s, and drastically changed both their look and sound. They are not to be confused with other bands with the same name. As of 2006, a revised version of the band is still touring.