Originally formed in Belfast in 1976, The Starjets played a mixture of their own songs and cover versions such as The Archies‘ Sugar Sugar and The Beatles‘ Please Please Me.
The group even supported The Bay City Rollers and The Glitter Band before taking the collective decision to relocate to London in November 1977.
Gigs in and around London – including support spots with The Fabulous Poodles and The Rezillos – eventually led to a deal with Epic Records.
The summer of 1979 found them touring the UK with The Tubes and Stiff Little Fingers – although they were dubbed “the Bay City Rollers of Punk” by teen pop magazines.
Their debut LP, God Bless The Starjets, managed to miss the charts even though the band appeared on Top of the Pops, and recorded radio sessions for Kid Jensen and Mike Read.
Paul Bowen left the band in 1980 and was replaced by Pat Gribben. The Starjets changed their name to Tango Brigade in the mid-’80s.