The 101ers

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The 101ers were a pub rock band from the 1970s, notable only as being the band that gave Joe Strummer (later of The Clash) his initial start as a musician. Formed in London in May 1974, the 101ers made their performing debut on 6th September at the Telegraph pub in Brixton under the name El Huaso and the 101 All Stars. The name would later be shortened to the 101 All Stars and finally just the 101ers. The group established itself on the London pub rock circuit prior to the advent of punk.

The group was named for the squat where they lived together: 101 Walterton Road, Maida Vale, although it was for a time rumored that they were named for "Room 101", the infamous torture room in George Orwell's novel 1984. The novel was later to become something of a manifesto for the political element of the punk rock movement.

The 101ers were supported by the Sex Pistols at the Nashville on 3rd April 1976, this is when Strummer claimed he "saw the light" and got involved in the punk scene.

By the time their debut single was released, Joe Strummer was in The Clash and the band were no more.

Band Line-Up

  • Woody Mellor (Joe Strummer) - Guitar, Vocals
  • Clive Timperley - Guitar
  • Pat Nother - Bass
  • Richard Dudanski Nother - Drums
  • Simon Cassell (Big John) - Vocals
  • Alvaro Pene-Rojas - Sax

Discography

Singles

  • Keys to Your Heart / 5 Star Rock & Roll Petrol, 1976
  • Sweet Revenge / Rabies, 1981


Albums

  • Elgin Ave. Breakdown, 1981
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