They left jobs as toilet cleaners and gravediggers, missed out on Sid Vicious as a frontman and lived on a diet of amphetamine and cider … the makers of Britain’s first punk single share their memories In 1976, Britain was a cultural wasteland with stuff like Genesis and the dregs of glam rock. Mick Jones and Tony James – who’d later play in the Clash and Generation X respectively – were starting a band called the London SS. We were all in a dingy basement auditioning a drummer called Chris Millar, who had scabies at the time, when a rat ran across the floor. So Chris became Rat Scabies.
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