Emerging alongside the first wave of British punk bands, The Boys were always more than three-chord wonders. The band was formed by factory worker and guitarist John Plain from Leeds in Yorkshire who recruited fellow workers Duncan ‘Kid’ Reid and Jack Black on bass/vocals and drums respectively.
Plain then recruited another Leeds native, Matt Dangerfield, as second guitarist and Norwegian keyboard player Casino Steel.
The band made their name touring with John Cale in April 1977 and signed to NEMS, releasing the single I Don’t Care.
Popular with the press but unable to convert acclaim into record sales, The Boys eventually split up in 1981.
Four of the original members regrouped in 1999 to plays some concerts in Japan. They have also played other shows in Spain and China.
Honest John Plain
Duncan ‘Kid’ Reid