The story of London
London is a four piece punk band formed in London in 1976. The original line-up was Riff Regan (vocals), Steve Voice (bass/vocals), Jon Moss (drums) and Dave Wight (guitar). Jon Moss had briefly been the drummer in The Clash before leaving to form London.
In 1977 they recorded two singles, a 4 track EP and an album 'Animal Games' for MCA Records. Most of their songs were written by Riff Regan (including the first two singles 'Everyone's a Winner' and 'Summer of Love') or by Riff Regan and Steve Voice. All their records were produced by Simon Napier-Bell (who was also their manager) at the IBC Studios in London.
They toured extensively throughout 1977, including a major UK tour with The Stranglers (the Rattus Norvegicus tour.) Their final gig was at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street on the 8th December 1977. The band broke up shortly afterwards and MCA released their album 'Animal Games' in early 1978.
Following the split, Jon Moss first joined The Damned and then formed Culture Club with Boy George. Riff Regan released solo records on MCA and Epic before becoming a comedy writer under his real name of Miles Tredinnick; Steve Voice formed a new band The Original Vampires and Dave Wight following stints in Metro and Holly and the Italians reverted to his real name of Colin Wight and became an academic (recently appointed Professor of International Relations at Sydney University). Simon Napier-Bell went on to manage George Michael and Wham! before becoming a best selling author.
The band returned in 2008 with original members Riff Regan (vocals) and Steve Voice (bass/vocals) as well as new Londoners Hugh O’Donnell (guitar/vocals) and Colin Watterston (drums). The band released a new studio album Reboot in 2012. In 2015/16 Rick De’Ath played bass in the band and Steve Voice switched to guitar.
MCA Records released the original band's vinyl album, Animal Games, in 1978.
London The Punk Rock Collection, a CD containing all their MCA recordings, was released on the Captain Oi! label in 1997.
Get Out of London - a live official bootleg CD came out in 2010 on Pun77K Records.
Reboot - was released in 2012 on CD/iTunes on Bin Liner Records and on black vinyl in 2018.
The Hell for Leather Mob - was released on Beach Cafe Records 2020.
Complete UK discography of London
Everyone's a Winner/ Handcuffed. (MCA 305, 1977) 7" vinyl
Summer of Love EP
Summer of Love/ No Time/ Friday on My Mind/ Siouxsie Sue. (MCA(T) 319 1977) 7" and 12" vinyl
Animal Games/Us Kids Cold. (MCA 336, 1977) 7" vinyl
No Time/ Animal Games/ Reaction/ Everyone's a Winner/ Summer of Love/ Us Kids Cold/ Young/ Good Looking Girls/ Out on the Skids/ Speed Speed/ Swinging London. (MCA MCF 2823, vinyl & cassette 1978)
London - The Punk Rock Collection
No Time/ Animal Games/ Reaction/ Everyone’s a Winner/ Summer of Love/ Us Kids Cold/ Young/ Good Looking Girls/ Out on the Skids/ Speed Speed/ Swinging London/ Everyone’s a Winner (single version)/ Handcuffed/ Friday on My Mind/Siouxsie Sue. (Captain Oi Records AHOY CD77, 1997)
Get Out of London (official bootleg live CD)
No Time/ Speed Speed/ Swinging London/ Summer of Love/ Handcuffed/ Get Out of London/ Animal Games/ Siouxsie Sue/ When the Night Falls/ Friday on My Mind/ Everyone’s a Winner/ Loose. (Pun77k Records 2010)
When the Night Falls/ Pop/ Minute Man/ Every Dog/ Rebecca/ Animal Attraction/ Like It Never Happened/ Celebrity Crash/ Standing Alone/ Get Out of London/ 77 Dreams. (Bin Liner Records CD/Digital 2012 & vinyl 2018)
The Hell for Leather Mob
Whirlwind/ Beatle Boots/ Stroking the Pussy (like Mr Blofeld)/ Hell for Leather Mob/ White Jag, Red Seats, Black Wheels/ Christine Keeler/ Madame Cornelius/ Candy’s House/ Wasp in the Car/ This Guy’s a Mess/ Robbed/ The Lawman/ Crimson in my Veins/ Killing Time/ Cling to Black Leather (Beach Cafe Records CD/Digital 2020)