John Doyle (drummer)

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John Doyle
John Doyle BBC Electric Proms 09.jpg
Background information
Born (1959-05-06) 6 May 1959 (age 59)
Manchester, England
Genres Pub rock, punk rock, post-punk, new wave, synthpop, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Drummer, artworker
Instruments Drums
Years active 1978 – c.1988
2009 – 2011 (tour with Magazine)
Labels Polydor, Geffen
Associated acts Magazine
The Armoury Show
Pete Shelley
Website Myspace: Doyley

John Doyle (born 6 May 1959[1] in Manchester, England)[2] is an English drummer, who was a member of new wave bands like Magazine and The Armoury Show. He reunited with Magazine for a tour in February 2009.


While at William Hulme's Grammar School, with friends on the stage staff formed a band. He then played with various local Manchester bands, including Idiot Rouge,[3] alongside Neil Cossar, later of power pop band The Cheaters, and Nick Simpson, later frontman of 23 Jewels.[4]

In the last gig with Idiot Rouge, at Manchester Polytechnic, guitarist John McGeoch, who was attending, asked Doyle if he wanted to audition for his band, Magazine. Doyle joined the band[5] in October 1978, replaced Speedometors' Paul Spencer who had completed their tour across Europe, beginning in Munich,[3] during their Real Life debut album tour. Doyle played on Secondhand Daylight, The Correct Use of Soap, the live album Play and Magic, Murder And The Weather. In 1981, he collaborated with Ken Lockie, playing drums on some tracks of The Impossible album. He also collaborated with Armande Atti and Akira Mitake.[6]

In 1983, he joined The Armoury Show, working again with John McGeoch, who left Magazine in 1980. The band was commercially unsuccessful, and Doyle left them in 1986 to collaborate with Pete Shelley, until 1987. He played percussion on one track on Barry Adamson's debut album Moss Side Story (1988).

Toured with Shelley in 1985-6. Had a family and eventually became Artworker working at various advertising agencies.[7]

He also collaborated with Dave Formula, for his solo album, Satellite Sweetheart, released on 15 February 2010.

In 2009, he reunited with Magazine for a number of UK and European concerts, radio and TV performances.


With Magazine:

With Ken Lockie:

  • The Impossible album (1981)

With The Armoury Show:

With Barry Adamson:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chase, Helen Magazine
  2. ^ "John McGeoch CV". Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  3. ^ a b "John Doyle – MUDKISS FANZINE". Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 16 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Show of Strength magazine article". February 9, 1985. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  6. ^ "John McGeoch CV". Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  7. ^ Retrieved 29 October 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]

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