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Wayne County & The Electric Chairs

Georgia-born Wayne County first appeared in the New York club scene in the early 1970s though with little success. He dressed in full drag and sang campy, vulgar songs, using a vibrator, a toilet seat – and worse – as props.

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Finding the British punk audience more sympathetic he moved briefly to England where he formed a band called Queen Elizabeth before returning to New York and forming Wayne County & The Backstreet Boys in 1976.

Returning to England Wayne then formed Wayne County & The Electric Chairs, signing to Safari and gaining a reputation for basic punk rock with foul-mouthed lyrics designed for maximum shock. He also appeared in Derek Jarman’s film Jubilee (1978).

Greg Van Cook left the band after the self-titled debut album (1978) to be replaced by Henri Padovani.

Follow-up recordings included an EP called Blatantly Offensive (1978), and albums Storm the Gates of Heaven (1978) and Things Your Mother Never Told You (1979).

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By 1980, County decided to resolve his sexual anomalies and undertook a number of surgical procedures, performing thereafter as Jayne County, with a completely new band line-up.

Wayne/Jayne County
Vocals
Greg Van Cook
Guitar
Van Haller
Bass
J.J. Johnson
Drums
Henri Padovani
Guitar
Eliot Michaels
Guitar
Peter Jordan
Bass
Sammy Minelli
Drums