All of the Menace singles are classics. Catchy in your face 77 Punk Rock. Intelligent Lyrics, and great sing along chorus's were trademarks. Menace were first formed in August 1976 when singer, Morgan Webster, met school friends Noel Martin, Charlie Casey and Steve Tannet at the Hope and Anchor pub in Islington. Their first gig at the now legendary Roxy was attended by Miles Copeland from Step Forward and Illegal Records who signed them straight away... Menace played all the main punk gigs like the Roxy, Hope & Anchor and Vortex, as well as Rock Against Racism festivals, building up a large following which was boosted by regular support slots with Sham 69.
Their first charting single was 'Screwed Up/Insane Society'. However, their second single 'GLC' was much more controversial. It was a superb rant against the then Tory-run Greater London Council which tried to ban punk gigs in the capital. It was hard hitting with it's take no prisoners 'you're full of shit!' lyrics and was promptly banned my many radio stations. Three more singles followed, but by now, 1979, trouble was brewing. Fascist attendance at Sham 69 gigs, hostile press borne out of ignorance finally led Menace calling it a day. It looks as though Menace has reformed With a new LP to come, some time in May. Go check out their Myspace.
REFERENCES - MYSPACE PUNK 77.COM MENACE WEBSITE
SMALL WONDER RECORDS 1978
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