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Gene October on keeping the spirit of ‘77 alive and the serious fag habit he copped from the Thin White Duke.

Central conspirators in the late-70s punk uprising – their first gig was supporting The Clash at the Roxy on January 1, 1977 – these criminally underrated West Londoners were a match for any of their more illustrious peers prior to their implosion in 1980.

New album Saturday Night Sunday Morning – their tenth, following a series of reunions – is a master class in melodic pop-punk, their trademark buzz-saw guitars hot-wired to charismatic frontman Gene October’s rock’n’roll rasp on anthems such as Back On The Crazy Train, where he hollers: ‘No turning back/ I’m going all the way.’

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