The Banned

The Banned were a English Punk / New Wave outfit in the late 1970s.

The Banned had a UK hit in 1977 with "Little Girl", a version of a 1966 US hit song by the Syndicate of Sound. The Banned's original home pressing on Cant Eat Records (Eat Up 1) was taken up by EMI's Harvest label. The Banned originated from Tooting and Camberwell in London.

The Banned were:
*Paul Sordid - Drums/vocals (aka Paul Aitken)
*John Thomas - Bass (aka Jonathan Davie)
*Rik Manswoth -Guitar/vocals (aka Richard Harvey)
*Pete Fresh - Guitar/vocals(aka Pete Airey)

Richard Harvey and Jonathan Davie had previously been members of the progressive rock/folk band Gryphon. The line up changed in the first few months with Tommy Steel (Jim Hughes) replacing JT on bass and Ben Dover (Ben Grove) relacing RM on guitar. This line-up recorded the second single "Him or Me" with "You Dirty Rat" on the B-side. [ [ The Banned] ]

Due to management problems the band folded six months later, but Aitken and Grove continued working together in a band called The Retros, Paul Sordid appeared on "Never Mind The Buzzcocks" in 2004. Tommy Steel changed his name to Jim Hughes and went to the electronic pop band Cowboys International.

The track "Little Girl" is on a number of compilation albums - notably "The Best Punk Album in The World Ever 2", "Totally Sensational 70's", and "Rare Stuff". A historical CD of their recordings is available on Cherry Red Records.

With only one single making the UK Top 40, the Banned join the list of one-hit wonders; a list that includes other UK punk or new wave acts such as John Cooper Clarke, Jilted John, 999, the Radio Stars, the Rich Kids and The Vibrators.


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