THE DRONES – “Just Want To Be Myself” / “Bone Idol” (Valer Records VRS-1) September 1977
The Drones “Bone Idol” – Starting off as Manchester pub band Rockslide, The Drones reinvented themselves as punks following the Pistols’ epochal visit to the city in 1976.
Their second 45, ‘Bone Idol’, bears traces of the band’s R&B heritage with some complex riffing and a sturdy bass line, but still hits punk paydirt with a high-speed football terrace chorus.
Stylistically similar to fellow Mancunians Slaughter And The Dogs, The Drones were later managed by NME scribe Paul Morley and signed to Island subsidiary, Fabulous.
However, after sessions for a follow-up to 1977’s Further Temptations came to nothing, they split in 1979, only to reform recently, issuing their second LP, Sorted, last year. (Mojo)