|Taking their name from two of their biggest influences - Mick Ronson's "Slaughter On Tenth Avenue" and David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" - SLAUGHTER AND THE DOGS formed in April 1976 at Manchester's Wythenshawe Sharston High School with a line up up of Mick Rossi (guitar), Wayne Barrett (vocals), Howard 'Zip' Bates (bass) and Brian 'Mad Buffet' Grantham (drums).|
|Following a series of local gigs the band managed to convince Malcom MacLaren that they had a 'huge following' and so blagged the support slot to the SEX PISTOLS legendary show at Manchester's Lesser Free trade Hall on July 20th 1976, a gig that also saw the first performance by the BUZZCOCKS.
A couple of supports slots to the DAMNED plus their own headlining shows at venues like London's The Roxy and Swindon's The Affair (wich saw The ADVERTS making their debut live) preceded by Manchester Independant la bel Rabid Records and, coupled with the bands manic and highly visual live show, helped establish SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS on the then booming Punk circuit. Two cuts, "Boston Babies" and "Runaway", were inclued on the brilliant compilation "Live At The Roxy" ans helped lead to a deal with Decca Records also, at the time, home to COCK SPARRER and, later, Adam 1 The Ants.
|August 29th 1977 saw the relase of the "Where Hall All The Boot Boys Gone" single - three minutes of unadulterated power and agression that had a marked effect in laying the foundations for the early 80's Oi! movement. 5a promo video was also made for the 45). Late November '77 saw the release of their second Decca single "Dame To Blame" and it was promoted by a short tour of London venues like The Marquee, The Nashville and Dingwalls though chart action, alas, was not forthcoming.
For February 1978's "Quick Joey Small" 7" slaughter were augmented by a guest appearance by Mick Ronson but even couldn't help kick this cover of a 60's classic into the charts.
|A short jaunt across the UK taking in such venues as Manchester Poly (with John Cooper Clarke), Brirmingham Town Hall (with EATER) and Liverpool Erics (with Johnny Moped) was mixed up with recording sessions for their debut LP but by the time of "Dot It Dog Style" release on June 13th 1978 the news had spread that SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS had split up! With no band to do the promotion Decca, understandably, failed to give the LP the push it needed to chart and though every self respecting streetkid tracked down a copy, this brilliant LP soon became a collectors item.
Having issued one 'classic' album plus three brilliant singles before splitting on May 1978, it looked like the world had heard the last of SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS. This definitely appeared to be the case when two of the bands founder members, Mick Rossi and Howard Bates, formed a new band, STUDIO SWEETHEARTS, with drummer Phil Rowland (ex EATER) and guitarist Billy Duffy. However, this band lasted precisely one gig plus the single "I Beleive"/"It Isn't Me" before it was announced in the music press on July 26th 1979 that the SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS had reformed. (Collectors should note that single was issued in Germany under the name Slaughter & The Dogs).
|With original vocalist Wayne Barrett back in the fold, Rossi and Bates retained the services of Phil Rowland from the Studio Sweethearts (Billy Duffy moved onto Southern Death Cult) and relaunched themselves with a hometown gig at Manchester's The Factory on August 10th (this was recorded and released in 1983 as "Live At The Factory"). A few more gigs followed before the release on November 8th the single "You're Ready Now" which Sounds said was "great fun, I never knew they were quite this good". The single was promoted by three sold out nights at the London Marquee (supported by THE CHORDS) though this sudden surge in popularity wasn't enough to persuade Wayne Barrett to stay with the band and he quit in early 1980 to pursue a career allowing him to concentrate on his songwriting.
With a recording contract to fulfil, Rossi, Bates and Rowland quickly recruited vocalist Eddie Garrity aka Ed Banger, ex of The Nosebleeds who released the brilliant "I Ain't Bin To No Music School" 45.
|His vinyl debut with the band came courtesy of March 1980's "East Side Of Town" single which was quickly followed by the album "Bite Back", both releases issued under the shortened name of SLAUGHTER. (Promo clips for every song were filmed at Camden Dingwalls but to this date they have never been shown). Dates in Birmingham, Manchester and London's Electric Ballroom (with the COCKNEY REJECTS and Crisis) followed before the June 25th release of the single "I'm The One". A full U.K. summer tour (taking in Retford, Edinburgh, Dumfries, ...and london) was under-taken but the lack of chart sucess led to Rossi quitting in August 1980 and SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS finally calling it a day.|
|Guitarist Mick Rossi remained the most active of the band following it's demise - he formed The Monsters with ex-Dead Fingers Talk vocalist Bo Bo Phoenix and then The Swingers which featured Glenn Matlock (ex-SEX PISTOLS) and James Stevenson (ex-CHELSEA/GEN X) and who released the single "Be My Baby" on Magnet Records.
Mick also recorded with ex-Heavy Metal Kids vocalist Gary Holton.
| A move to LA via Dublin, saw Rossi settle on the West Coast of the USA, and for a time it seemed future projects under the slaughter & The Dogs banner were at best unlikely. Then in late 1995 English promoter Darren Russell tracked Rossi and Barrett down to invite the band to headline the closing night of the first Holidays In The Sun festival in Blackpool, England.
The band reconvened in Stockport at the Greenhouse Rehearsal Studios, only a couple of miles from where they first performed. The success of, and the reaction to, this one show was immense, and the band have been a must see at sell out punk festivals ever since.
Alongside these appearances in the UK, the band now had a settled line-up of Rossi, Barrett, J.P. Thollet on Bass and thé amazing drummer Noel Kay. The successful European and Japanese tours (The Japanese dates selling out weeks in advance), before coming back to Manchester to record a brand new album in the summer of 2001.
Along side a blistering headline set to the thousands assembled for the 25th anniversary show in Morecambe, as part of the Holidays festival, the band recorded the excellent "Beware Of" album, before jetting off to San Francisco to play their first ever show in the United States.
The sell out shows at San Francisco's Justice League, and New York's legendary CBGB's were recorded for release for a live album A DVD featuring live footage, interviews, and the video to the Saturday Night till Sunday Morning single will follow.In the meantime, Slaughter & The Dogs fans will be delighted to hear that the band are taking in a European tour with shows across The U.K. Spain, France, Germany and Poland.