- London SS
Infobox musical artist
Name = London SS
Background = group_or_band
Punk rock, rock and roll
Years_active = 1975–76
The Clash, The Subterraneans, The Damned, Chelsea, Generation X, Big Audio Dynamite, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Carbon/Silicon
Past_members = Mick Jones
The band spent most of their short history auditioning potential members. Besides Jones and James, however, guitarist Brian James (not related to Tony) was the only other semi-permanent member. Other musicians who played with them included
Matt Dangerfieldand Casino Steel, then of The Hollywood Brats, who would later go on to play in The Boys.
Many other notable musicians tried out for the band but didn't make the cut including future members of
The Clash Paul Simononand Terry Chimes. Another future Clash member, Nicky "Topper" Headon, was asked to join but declined. Rat Scabies, future drummer for The Damnedplayed with the band even though he was in his own proto-punkband, Rot, at the time. Roland Hotalso served as drummer. Punk poet Patrik Fitzgeraldalso claims to have auditioned for the band.
The London SS's only recording was a demo featuring James, Jones, James and Hot. Musically they played straightforward
rock 'n' rolland covered 1960s R&Balthough some former members felt the band's music was pretty poor.
After Hot was kicked out in January
1976, Brian James left with Scabies to form The Subterraneansand later The Damned. The other James joined the band Chelsea with Billy Idoland the two later started Generation X. Jones, Simonon, and Chimes teamed up with Joe Strummerand founded The Clash. Chimes was later replaced by Headon and then Headon was replaced by Chimes again. Ultimately, the London SS were more famous for what their members did later on in life than they were for anything that happened during their existence.
The group's name caused disquiet in some quarters, because "SS" is generally understood to refer to the elite military force disproportionately involved in Nazi
war crimes. This later came to haunt Mick Jones, when The Clash became Britain's premier left-wingpolitical band. However, the members of London SS later claimed that it referred to their poverty at the time, and stood for " social security". Other accounts say that it was used for its ambiguity and shock value, rather than as a statement of fascist political sympathies.
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