Über The Members
Emerging on the tailcoats of the original punk bands, the Members (Nicky Tesco, vocals; Gary Baker, guitar (replaced by Nigel Bennett); Chris Payne, bass; Adrian Lillywhite, drums; Jean Marie Carroll, lead guitar) boasted a neat line in social observation, one classic punk album Live At The Chelsea Nightclub and a singer named after a leading supermarket chain. If things went wrong following the irresistible rise of 2-Tone, they are much loved for both anti-investments rant "Off Shore Banking Business" (No. 31 in 1979) and pop-punk classic "Sound Of The Suburbs," a brilliant description of how it feels to be young and bored and still have to be nice to your parents. A minor revival in fortunes came with jangly 1983 single "Working Girl," which became a cult hit in America care of MTV, but by then the Members' chart membership was clearly up for renewal.