Wasted Youth (British band)

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Wasted Youth
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Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Post-punk
Years active 1979-1982
Labels Bridgehouse Records
Associated acts Flesh for Lulu
Website Myspace
Members Ken Scott, Rocco Barker, Nick Nicole, Darren Murphy, Andy Scott
Past members Mick Atkins

Wasted Youth was a punk / post-punk band from London, England, active between 1979 and 1982, which blended early Goth and post-punk with dark acoustic strains of the sort associated with Nick Drake and Syd Barrett. The line-up of the band was Ken Scott (vocals and guitar), Rocco Barker (guitar), Nick Nicole (synth), Darren Murphy (bass) and Andy Scott (drums). Their records were released through Bridgehouse Records, a label set up by the bass player's father in the pub he owned in Canning Town.

Wasted Youth emerged from the Plaistow power pop trio The Tickets who were fronted by Ken Scott with brother Andy on Drums and John McGeady on bass [ see the Bridgehouse website, Terry Murphy book etc.] Scott was previously in "Warrior" until the punk explosion at which point he split the group, due to its reluctance to embrace the new sound.

Rocco Barker went on to form the band Flesh for Lulu and was in the Channel 4 show, A Place in Spain: Costa Chaos.[1]

Classic Rock (magazine) reported that the band's bassist, Darren Murphy, died of cancer on 15 February 2012.



Year Title UK Indie Chart Position
January 1980 "Jealousy" #23
July 1980 "I'll Remember You" #19
1980 "My Friends Are Dead" EP
May 1981 "Rebecca's Room" #15
May 1982 "Wildlife" #21
September 1982 "Reach Out" #42
December 1982 "(Do the) Caveman"


Year Title UK Indie Chart Position
December 1981 "Wild and Wandering" #9
1982 "Live"
May 1983 "Beginning of the End" #13
"From the Inner Depth"
2006 "Memorialize" (Singles '79-'82)


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