The band played some early London gigs, like THE
ROXY CLUB, THE MARQUEE, THE ROUNDHOUSE,
etc. and then toured exhaustively for the following three and
a half years, taking in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium,
Holland, West and East Germany.
released three albums, two e.p.'s, and twelve singles.
Electric Chairs EP
Electric Chairs first release was
THE ELECTRIC CHAIRS 1977 E.P.
no. I L002) contained three tracks:
Stuck on you
3.A cover version of Rolling Stones THE LAST TIME.
band also recorded on the same session the tracks THUNDER WHEN
SHE WALKS and AIN'T HOW MUCH YOU GOT (cat no. I L005) in 1977,
but it was not released as a single until February 1979.
The E.P. and later the single were released by MILES COPELAND'S
ILLEGAL RECORDS label, who also
released early records by THE
POLICE , with (HENRI PADOVANI
on guitar), CHELSEA, ALTERNATIVE T.V. among many others.
these records are obtainable at musicstack.com
C A R Records
THE ELECTRIC CHAIRS E.P. was released in August 1977, and the song
PARANOIA PARADISE, was performed in,and the track
was then used on, DEREK JARMANS, punk movie JUBILEE,
in which WAYNE- JAYNE COUNTY, had a starring role and THE ELECTRIC
CHAIRS appeared very briefly. POLYDOR, released the JUBILEE
(cat no, polydor2302079), in April 1978 with
Paranoia Paradise on the L.P. which featured ADAM
AND THE ANTS, (Adam had a starring role in the
film), along with JORDAN and TOYAH amongst others.
JUBILEE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM, was also re-released on
another record label C A R, RECORDS, (cat no. 2302079 ).
- the film
The band had been touring exhaustively from early 1977, appearing at various
sized venues, with bands such as THE
POLICE ALTERNATIVE T.V., X-RAY
SPECS, THE ADVERTS, ADAM
AND THE ANTS,
EATER, BIG IN JAPAN, GENERATION X, JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS,
and others, playing some brilliant gigs at punk venues that seemed to
mushroom up at the time, such as THE VORTEX CLUB
in Oxford Street, and at more familiar London venues like The
ROXY, DINGWALLS, HOPE & ANCHOR and THE ROUNDHOUSE. Not forgetting
numerous gigs at the amazing ERICSin Liverpool
and the ELECTRIC CIRCUS and THE
RUSSELL CLUB, in Manchester, plus many more throughout Britain
At this point J.J. left the band briefly for a few weeks, to fulfil gigs
and obligations to SPECTA and THE SKUNKS, which he was still intermitently
part of at that time, and was replaced by, BRYSON
GRAHAM from legendary 60's band SPOOKY
TOOTH . Meanwhile, as Wayne and Greg had to return
to New York they decided to play a few U.S gigs with the new line up,
including Boston and Toronto. Things did not work out musically or personally,
within this new line-up and J.J. was asked to rejoin the band when they
returned to England around August 77.
Electric Chairs then gigged intensively and, after a blinding gig
at THE MARQUEE CLUB, with then up and
coming group THE
POLICE, as support band, featuring new guitarist
ANDY SUMMERS, Wayne and theElectric Chairs were offered a spot on
the bill of the forthcoming, READING FESTIVAL, being, the first punk
band to play the event