John Plain & Casino Steel from 1970’s UK punk band The
Boys have renewed their partnership in a new punk supergroup,
playing Ramones-influenced rock’n’roll with a hint of Dolly
Parton! The Last Rock ‘N’ Roll Band’s self titled debut album
is due for release autumn 2007 and the band will be promoting
it with a world tour and a major Sponsor.
John Plain : Guitars/Vocals
- The Boys, The Yobs, The Lurkers, The Crybabys, Mannish Boys,
Ian Hunter’s Dirty Laundry, Honest John Plain & The Amigos
Casino Steel : Keyboards/Vocals
- The Boys, The Yobs, Gary Holton & Casino Steel, Hollywood
Brats, Casino Steel & The Bandits, Ian Hunter’s Dirty
Petter Baarli : Guitars
- Backstreet Girls, Ratcats, Slips, Johnny Thunders Band
Mat Sargent : Bass
- Chelsea, Sham 69, Honest
John Plain & The Amigos, Splodge
Robbie Rushton : Drums/Percussion
- Whizz Kids, Captain Sensible, The Crybabys, Mannish Boys,
Honest John Plain & The Amigos
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Honest John Plain
John Plain was born in Leeds in 1952 and his early musical influences
included The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Small Faces. Along
with fellow art student Matt Dangerfield he moved to London
in 1971. Plain briefly guested in London SS alongside Casino
Steel & Dangerfield.
with Dangerfield, Steel, Duncan ‘Kid’ Reid & Jack Black
he formed The Boys, who quickly built up a reputation as a white-hot
live band. In January 1977 they became the first punk band to
sign an album deal when they signed away their recording lives
to NEMS. After signing for NEMS Plain sold The Boys equipment
for £500 and put it on a horse, which came second! This
and other dodgy deals quickly earned him the nickname ‘Honest’.
Plain also had a brief spell in the Lurkers co-writing their
classic single “New Guitar In Town”, which Die Toten Hosen took
to Number 1 more than a decade later.
1984 Plain joined the Dirty Strangers and recorded an album
with Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods of the Rolling Stones,
although after Plain left the band they removed his guitar from
the recordings! By August 1984 he joined the Mannish Boys alongside
Rushton and they went on to form Brat Boy with Brady (the Hollywood
the late 1980’s German punk band Die Toten Hosen were beginning
to make an impact across Europe and their lead singer Campino
made it known that his favourite band of all time were The Boys.
He offered a support slot to the Tower Block Rockers on the
proviso that they could persuade Plain to join the band. Plain
quickly came to realise that he and Tower Block Rockers guitarist
Darrell Bath formed a formidable writing/performing partnership
and they formed the Crybabys who were voted ‘Best New Band of
debut solo album “Honest John Plain & Friends”, which featured
guest appearances from Dangerfield, Rushton, Bath, Campino (Die
Toten Hosen) and Vom Ritchie (Dr & The Medics/Die Toten
Hosen/The Boys), was released in 1996.
second solo album “Honest John Plain & Amigos” followed
in 2003 and Plain formed a new band to promote it. He recruited
Rushton and Sargent and the Amigos were born. They played a
European tour October/November 2003 releasing their “One More
And We’re Staying” album in April 2006.
Steel was born in Trondheim, Norway in 1952. Steel’s major musical
influence was the Rolling Stones and by the age of 12 he had
decided that he wanted to be a musician. By 1965 he had taught
himself to play the piano and joined a band with Bjorn Nessjoe,
who went on to produce “To Hell With The Boys” some 14 years
moved to London in 1971 meeting Andrew Matheson with whom he
formed The Queen. After an altercation with Freddie Mercury’s
Queen at The Marquee they chose to change their name to the
Hollywood Brats. Similar is style and looks to the New York
Dolls they were born out of disgust and aimed to shock. They
played regular gigs in London at the Café Des Artistes
and the Speakeasy building up a band of followers who included
Keith Moon of The Who.
went on to join legendary UK punk band London SS alongside Matt
Dangerfield (The Boys), Mick Jones (The Clash), Tony James (Generation
X) and Brian James (The Damned), amongst others. After London
SS Steel, Plain and Dangerfield formed The Boys with Duncan
‘Kid’ Reid & Jack Black. Along with The Sex Pistols, The
Clash, The Damned and Generation X, The Boys were amongst
the first wave of the UK punk explosion in the mid 1970’s. Highly
regarded by the music press and their contemporaries, their
pop approach and use of harmonies led to their description as
‘The Beatles of Punk’, with their debut album entering the UK
charts in September 1977.
January 1980 The Boys supported the Ramones on their UK national
tour with Steel joining them onstage to play keyboards on their
UK Top 10 hit single “Baby I Love You”. Following the tour Steel
was invited to join the Ramones as Casino Ramone but opted instead
to hook up with his good friend Gary Holton (Auf Wiedersen Pet)
from The Heavy Metal Kids. As Holton/Steel they enjoyed considerable
success across Europe including four platinum selling albums,
until Holton’s untimely death in 1985.
solo success continued and he went on to become a big country
star, working alongside the likes of Claudia Scott, Carlene
Carter & Ottar ‘Big Hand’ Johansen. He also toured with
Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Johnny Cash. Steel’s county
album “There’s A Tear In My Beer” was released in September
2005 and featured contributions from Claudia Scott, Tone Holen
& Liz-Tove Vespestad.
his love of country music Steel also manage to record several
classic rock albums including the Grammy nominated “Dirty Laundry”
with Plain, Ian Hunter (Mott The Hoople), Glen Matlock (Sex
Pistols), Darrell Bath (The Crybabys) and “Casino Steel &
The Bandits” featuring Mick Ronson (David Bowie) & Marius
Baarli was born near Oslo, Norway in 1965 and was inspired by
punk rock and Angus Young (AC/DC) to become a musician. His
favourite artists also included the Ramones, Status Quo, Rolling
Stones, Slade, Chuck Berry & Johnny Thunders.
first major band was The Backstreet Girls whom he joined as
lead guitarist when they formed in 1984. For the past 23 years
Baarli has enjoyed considerable success across Scandinavia &
Europe with the Backstreet Girls. He has also become a much
sought after session musician and is widely regarded as the
best guitarist in Scandinavia.
fan of the Hollywood Brats and The Boys, Baarli finally met
his teenage hero and fellow countryman Steel in 1986 and they
quickly became firm friends. For the past 20 years they have
worked together both live and in the studio on many occasions.
also played live in Johnny Thunders’ band during 1989/90 following
which Thunders invited him to join the band on a permanent basis.
Due to the success the Backstreet Girls were having at the time
he was forced to turn down the opportunity.
Sargent was born in Sheffield in July 1970 and grew up in Leeds.
He joined St Margerates church choir and won first prize in
a poetry competition, making his debut at 7 years of age broadcasting
his winning entry live on Radio Leeds in 1977. Sargent
was classically trained at school on the Cello & double
bass and his early musical influences were The Police, The Clash,
The Ruts, The Who, Blue Oyster Cult and Rolling Stones.
He moved to London in 1984 and joined the 'Bromley Musicians
Collective' playing in several bands before joining Chelsea
left Chelsea in 1994 and went on to play for Sham 69 in 1995.
He continues to work with Jimmy Pursey to date and has recorded
more than half a dozen Sham 69 albums. Sargent has also been
the resident bass player for Splodgenessabounds since 1999.
Max Splodge's ever-changing line up of 'Splodge' has also previously
included Plain and Rushton at different times.
joined Plain, Vom Ritchie (Die Toten Hosen/The Boys) and Monique
Maasen (B Bang Cider) to play a one off gig as punk supergroup
'The Punk Rock Allstars' at the first 'Rock AM Turm Festival'
in front of over 1,000 fans in Meerbush, Germany on 23 November
2001. They played a set comprising of several Boys, Sham
69 and B Bang Cider classics. The following year The Crybabys
headlined Rock AM Turm with Sargent joining Plain & Rushton
in the line up alongside Darrell Bath.
went on to play as a power trio with Plain & Rushton as
Honest John Plain & The Amigos, touring Europe and recording
the album 'One More And We're Staying'. Unfortunately, following
the release of their debut album Sargent was unable to play
the French tour to promote it because of his commitments with
Sham 69 due to their UK Top 10 UK hit.
has also guested with numerous bands including The Beat, R.D.F,
Angelic Upstarts, The Business, The Crybabys and for the past
10 years has been working on a charity double album 'Sex, Drugs
& HIV' featuring over 150 famous musicians including Plain
who co-wrote the title track. Sargent also has his own
band Rock'n'Roll Gypsies, who play songs from the HIV album
and includes Monique Maasen, Tracey Lamb (Rock Goddess/Girlschool)
as well as featuring members of Motorhead, Cathedral and Ozric
was born in Lincoln in August 1955 and his musical influences
included The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Mott The Hoople, The Faces
& New York Dolls. He joined the Whizz Kids in 1978 and moved
to London when they signed with Dead Good Records. They had
regular support slots with the Lurkers, the Damned and the Slits
and released a couple of singles, produced by Overend Watts
(Mott The Hoople). In the early 1980’s he went on to play with
Splodge and Captain Sensible.
1983 Robbie Rushton joined the Mannish Boys, who were managed
by Denny Laine’s wife Jo Jo. Plain joined the band in August
1984. Having built up a considerable live following they were
snapped up by Motown, although they were dropped as soon as
Motown realised they were white!
the demise of the Mannish Boys Plain and Rushton continued to
work together in Brat Boy and then the Gringo Starrs with Darrell
Bath (Dogs D’Amour). They quickly became the Crybabys and were
voted “Best New Band of 1991” by the readers of Kerrang.
continued working alongside Plain on his debut solo album “Honest
John Plain & Friends” as well as the second Yobs album aptly
titled “Xmas 2”.Rushton
was also earmarked to play a German tour with The Yobs but unfortunately
at the first gig in Dusseldorf Rushton fell off the drum riser
in his eagerness to reach the after show party! He sustained
a badly broken arm, which left him unable to play the drums
for over a year.
played drums on Plain’s second (hitherto unreleased) solo album
“Honest John Plain & His Wine Stains” which was recorded
in Boston in 1996 before joining Plain & Sargent in Honest
John Plain & The Amigos.