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“Are they the ultimate in Bovver Rock?” wondered Music Week in September 1973.


Portsmouth four-piece Hector painted freckles on their faces, wore striped Dennis The Menace gear and had a giant catapult on stage with which to fire smarties at the audience.

Bass player Nigel Shannon designed the stage wear, and he later adapted the urchin look into black velvet jumpsuits, commenting, “whereas before it was like a window cleaner’s outfit, now it’s more like a glorified boiler cleaner’s outfit.”

Fame was not to be, but their two DJM singles, Bye Bye Bad Days and Wired Up, remain corking pieces of 1970s Slade-style aggro.

Hector broke up after a particularly atrocious gig at Portsmouth’s Mecca Ballroom.