Dumpy's Rusty Nuts

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Dumpy at Coventry's General Wolfe 1985

Dumpy's Rusty Nuts are a British rock band founded in 1981[1] by the lead singer Graham "Dumpy" Dunnell. Though unsuccessful as recording artists the band have been a successful and popular live act for decades. The band attracted a cult following for their live performances in small rock venues. Playing classic blues rock, their initial audiences were drawn from the new wave of British heavy metal[2] and 'Bikers' and they became particularly well-known at the London Marquee Club, where they were a regular and popular attraction. In the early to mid-1980s the band toured extensively around the UK playing at small rock/'Biker' pub and club venues including the Isle of Man TT, and music festivals, cementing their name and following.

The band were not successful recording artists, preferring to concentrate on live work. They released a debut single "Just For Kicks" in June 1982 but in order to get airplay the band had to change their name to "Dumpy's Rusty Bolts".[3] Sales of the single were poor, and the original band name was restored. A second single, "Box Hill Or Bust", was released. Subsequent sporadic releases have only found favour with their small core audience.

They released a double live album, Somewhere in England, in 1984, which was recorded at the Marquee Club.

Despite the group's longevity, they became for a time a favourite target for mockery from the British music press, especially Melody Maker,[4] where they were regularly portrayed as claiming to be jumping on the latest improbable bandwagon in the humorous section "Talk Talk Talk" written by David Stubbs.

As of 2010, the band is still performing in small venues, music festivals and bike rallies across Europe. The band has toured with and supported many bands including Hawkwind, Motörhead and Status Quo.

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  1. ^ "Top biker band at the Palladium". North Devon Journal. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  2. ^ New Wave of British Heavy Metal website[dead link]
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Dumpy's Rusty Nuts - Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Carroll, Jim (21 April 2008). "The Monday morning randomiser". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 

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