Formed: London, England, UK
Second generation punk band (i.e. formed after Bill Grundy), the Maniacs lasted barely six months and arose from the ashes of The Rings, of which singing guitarist Alan Lee Shaw and drummer Rod Latter (both ex-Gutz, ex-Buzz) were members. Formed in June '77, the Maniacs swiftly hooked up with United Artists via some Dave Goodman demos and issued the brilliant Chelsea 77 single in November, although its release had been delayed from October because Shaw objected to the feeble mix on demo copies. It is classic second division punk.
They played at the second Mont De Marsan Punk Festival - weirdly on the same bill as the reformed Rings - and contributed two tracks to the Live At The Vortex compilation, but they split in January and that was that. Alan Lee Shaw's post-Maniacs projects include (deep breath) Physicals, The Hellions, Brian James' band, Heaven & The Angels, The Dripping Lips (with Brian James), The Damned (without Brian James!) and Mischief. Rod Latter joined The Adverts.
They can be seen in the film Punk Kebab.
Singles / Albums
|Chelsea 77 (7", 1977)|
|Ain't No Legend
|So Far...So Loud
Punk Off Italy LP 1977 (United Artists): Chelsea '77 / I Ain't No Legend
Live At The Vortex - Volume One UK LP 1977 (NEMS): You Don't Break My Heart / I Ain't Gonna Be History
Labour Of Love (Volume One) UK 7"-flexi 1990 (Released Emotions): Shoot You Down
Punk - Past, Present And Future ... The Released Emotions Compilation (1988-1993) UK CD 1993 (Released Emotions): Chelsea '77