Sore Throat

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This article is about the new wave/punk band formed in 1975. For the crust punk/grindcore band formed in 1987, see Sore Throat (grindcore band). For the common physical symptom usually caused by pharyngitis, see Sore throat.
Sore Throat
Origin London, England
Genres New wave, punk, power pop[1]
Years active 1975–1981
Labels Dureco, Hurricane Records
Associated acts Blue Zoo, Groovy Dad
Past members Justin Ward
Matthew Flowers
Danny Flowers
Reid Savage
Greg Mason
Robin Knapp
Clive Kirby

Sore Throat were a British new wave/punk band from Highgate in London, England, formed in 1975. They released six singles between 1978 and 1980, and one album in 1980, Sooner Than You Think, on the Dureco label. The band consisted of Justin Ward (vocals), Matthew Flowers (keyboards), Danny Flowers (bass), Reid Savage (guitars), Greg Mason (sax) and Robin Knapp (drums). Soon after, Knapp was replaced by Clive Kirby from the band Landslide.


In the early 1970s, Reid Savage, Dan Flowers and Greg Mason were schoolmates at the William Ellis School in Highgate and formed Sore Throat in 1975. Matthew Flowers, Dan's brother joined the band as keyboardist; prior to this, he was involved in helping out in their mother's art gallery business. By 1976, the band were enjoying five gig bookings a week and were well-known faces at Camden's legendary live music venues, earning them a loyal following. Sore Throat released several singles and an album in 1980 which failed to make much of an impact on the charts and the band eventually split, with its members pursuing other careers and projects.[2]

After Sore Throat split, Matthew Flowers went on to join new wave band Blue Zoo on keyboards for a couple of years, while still involved in running his art gallery which he successfully continued to do so after his music career.[3][4] In 2011, Reid Savage, Dan Flowers and Greg Mason reformed under the name Groovy Dad, along with friend Neil McCormick.[2] Justin Ward continues to perform, record and play harmonica professionally in Glasgow, Scotland.



  • Sooner Than You Think (1980)


  • "I Dunno"/"Complex" (1978)
  • "Zombie Rock" (1978)
  • "Kamikaze Kid" (1979)
  • "7th Heaven" (1979)
  • "Flak Jacket" (1980)
  • "Diggin A Dream" (1980)


  1. ^ Artist Biography by Scott Bultman. "Sore Throat | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  2. ^ a b "William Ellis school friends reform 35 years on from rock band split". Camden New Journal. 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Lars Nittve, Director of Tate Modern". Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  4. ^ "Matthew Flowers, Esq Authorised Biography – Debrett’s People of Today, Matthew Flowers, Esq Profile". 1956-10-08. Retrieved 2013-07-18.