The band took their name from their home town of Leyton, an area of east London, punning upon the name of the Bedfordshire town, Leighton Buzzard. They were initially a pub rock band, but soon adapted to punk rock/new wave. Their debut single, "19 and Mad", was released in 1977 by Small Wonder Records. They won a high-profile "battle of the bands" competition organized by BBC Radio 1 and The Sun, resulting in a major-label deal with Chrysalis Records. the first fruits of this deal, "Saturday Night (Beneath the Plastic Palm Trees)", reached Number 53 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1979, spending five weeks in the chart, and led to an appearance on Top of the Pops.
The band shortened their name to The Buzzards for the 1979 single "We Make a Noise" and the album Jellied Eels to Record Deals, before reverting to The Leyton Buzzards for their final single, "Can't Get used to Losing You".
- Kevin Steptoe (a.k.a. Gray Mare) (Drums) - later Tony Gainsborough
- Vernon Austin (a.k.a. Chip Monk) (Guitar, Vocals)
- David Jaymes (a.k.a. Dave Deprave) (Bass, Vocals)
- Geoff Deane (a.k.a. Nick Nayme) (Lead Vocals)
- Milton Reame-James (Keyboards) - earlier Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
- "19 and Mad" (1978) Small Wonder
- "Saturday Night (Beneath the Plastic Palm Trees)" (1979) Chrysalis (UK No. 53)
- "I'm Hanging Around" (1979) Chrysalis b/w B1 "I Don't Want To Go To Art School" B2 "No Dry Ice or Flying Pigs" 
- "We Make a Noise" (1979) Chrysalis (as The Buzzards)
- "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (1980) WEA
- Jellied Eels to Record Deals (1979) Chrysalis (as The Buzzards)
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- Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Leyton Buzzards", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
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- BBC Peel Sessions - accessed December 2007
- BBC Radio 1 website
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