Bazooka Joe (band)

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Bazooka Joe
Origin London, England
Genres Pub rock, protopunk
Years active 1970–1977
Past members John Ellis
Danny Kleinman
Stuart Goddard
Arabella Weir
Dan Barson
Chris Duffy
Bill Smith
Robin Chapekar
Mark Tanner
Pat Collier

Bazooka Joe or Bazooka Joe and the Lillets was a British pub rock band formed by John Ellis and Danny Kleinman in 1970. It featured bass player Stuart Goddard, who would later change his name to Adam Ant.[1] Both Ellis and Goddard would go on to find success with The Vibrators and Adam and the Ants, respectively. Besides the later fame of its members, Bazooka Joe is primarily known as the band that headlined when the Sex Pistols played their first concert[2] on 6 November 1975 at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Ant has since recounted how he left the band directly due to a dispute over the Pistols' performance, which he was the only member of the band to have enjoyed.[3]

The band's line-up was Danny Kleinman, Chris Duffy, Bill Smith, Robin Chapekar and Mark Tanner. Another band member was Dan Barson. His brother (Mike Barson) gained fame as the keyboardist for Madness. Pat Collier was also in the group for a while. He joined Ellis in The Vibrators and later became a record producer for The Wonder Stuff and Katrina and the Waves.

A 1974 poster for Saturday December 7 notes Bazooka Joe as supporting Crazy Cavan at Camden Town Hall, their full name that night was "Bazooka Joe and his Rythum Hot Shots" (sic).[citation needed]

The comedian, Arabella Weir was one of the "Lillets" or backing singers to the band.[citation needed]

Madness covered the Bazooka Joe song "Rockin' in A♭" on their debut album, One Step Beyond.... The song was also a mainstay of Madness' live set for several years.[citation needed]