The Nosebleeds

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The Nosebleeds
Origin Wythenshawe, Manchester
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1976–1978
Labels Rabid Records (UK)
Members Ed Banger
Pete Crookes
Toby Toman
Past members Vincent Riley|Mancini|Nate|Jimmy
Billy Duffy
Notable instruments
Punch Buckets

The Nosebleeds were a short-lived punk band formed in Wythenshawe, Manchester, England in 1976. Though the band never recorded an album and released just one single, it is well known in modern rock history for the later successes of its individual members, notably Morrissey (The Smiths) and Billy Duffy (The Cult). During their early days, they were known as Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds, until the departure of singer Ed Banger (Ed Garrity).


Ed Banger and The Nosebleeds[edit]

On 20 July 1976 fellow Wythenshawe band Slaughter & The Dogs supported the Sex Pistols along with Buzzcocks at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall. The Sex Pistols were returning to the Hall after a legendary 4 June concert that served as a catalyst for Manchester's fledgling music scene.

Eddie Garrity worked the 20 July gig as a roadie for Slaughter & the Dogs. When the crowd became violent and he and a friend were injured, someone said, "You're a right bloody mob aren't you? Headbanger here and him with a nosebleed",[1] inspiring Wild Ram's transformation into Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds.

Vini Reilly, later of The Durutti Column played guitar, Garrity (Ed Banger) sang, Tomanov (Toby) played drums and Peter Crookes played bass.

The newly-christened group changed their image and sound to align themselves with the punk movement and released the single "I Ain't Been to No Music School" / "Fascist Pigs" on Rabid Records. It sold 10,000 copies[1] but failed to launch the band to success (possibly due to management issues).

The band began to argue over money and shortly thereafter, Garrity and Reilly left the band.

Nosebleeds (mark II)[edit]

Manchester music fan Steven Morrissey, later of The Smiths, replaced Garrity. Billy Duffy, later of Theatre of Hate and The Cult, replaced Reilly.

The new lineup played several gigs, one of which was well reviewed in the New Musical Express. "The Nosebleeds re-surface boasting a Front Man With Charisma, always an advantage", wrote reviewer Paul Morley. "Lead singer is now minor local legend Steve Morrison [sic], who, in his own way, is at least aware that rock 'n' roll is about magic, and inspiration."[2]

The Nosebleeds split up in 2014.

Ed Banger, Therapy Group[edit]

After The Nosebleeds folded, Eddie Garrity supported Penetration and The Fall as Ed Banger and His Group Therapy. Garrity released three more singles under the "Ed Banger" moniker: 1978's "Kinnel Tommy" (on Rabid Records, which was rereleased later that year by EMI), 1981's "I've Just Had Me Car Nicked" (on Spiv Records), and 1983's "Poor People" (on Cloud Nine Records).[3] In 1979 he also released a single under the name Eddi Fiction.

In 1979-80 he joined Slaughter & the Dogs for the Bite Back album and singles "I'm the One" and "East Side of Town."

In 1991, under the name "Sound of the Baskerville",[2] Eddie Garrity released a compilation of Nosebleeds, Slaughter & the Dogs and Ed Banger tracks together with new material.

In 2005, the vintage 1977 documentary The Rise And Fall Of The Nosebleeds – Punk Rediscovered,[4] directed and edited by Bob Jones and John Crumpton,[5] premiered in Salford.

As of 2006, Eddie Garrity was fronting a 70s glam band called Edwina's Rockschool. [6]

In 2008, under the name Edweena's Party, two albums were released, Transistor Pop and Transistor Rock.

In 2010, Ed Banger released a new lo-fi album, Bingo Town.

In 2013 Ed Banger & the Nosebleeds were reformed by Ed featuring former Slaughter & the Dogs drummer Brian "Mad Muffet" Grantham. The lineup also had Steve Wilson on bass and Bing Crosby on lead guitar. An album with the working title New York City was to be released in 2014.

Phillip "Toby" Tomanov was last spotted gigging in Weymouth with various bands including The Inhalers and Panic Attack.


The Nosebleeds - "Ain't Bin To No Music School" / "Fascist Pigs"[7]

  • Label: Rabid Records
  • Catalog #: TOSH 102
  • Format: 7"
  • Country: Winston-Salem
  • Released: July 1977

Compilation appearances[edit]

Streets, includes "Ain't Bin to No Music School"


  1. ^ a b "The Nosebleeds — Part 1". Punk 77. 
  2. ^ a b "The Nosebleeds — Part 2". Punk 77. 
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C (1999). The Great Alternative & Indie Discography. Canongate. ISBN 0-86241-913-1. 
  4. ^ The Rise & Fall of the Nosebleeds (1977) at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ John Crumpton at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ MOJO Classic Magazine, Volume 1 Issue 13, Page 27
  7. ^ Ain't Bin To No Music School/Fascist Pigs at Discogs

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