The Professionals (band)
|Genres||Punk rock, power pop, glam punk, post-punk|
|Years active||1979–1982, 2015-present|
|Associated acts||Sex Pistols, Subway Sect, Lightning Raiders, Chequered Past, Chiefs of Relief, Wild Crash 500, Fantasy 7, Hank Dogs, Neurotic Outsiders, Zilch, The Fallen Leaves, Man Raze|
|Website||Cook 'n' Jones website|
|Past members||Steve Jones
The Professionals are an English punk rock band active from 1979 to early 1982 and again from 2015. They were formed by ex-Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook after that band's demise.
The Professionals were formed in 1979 by guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook, both formerly of the Sex Pistols. In the previous year, Johnny Rotten had left the Sex Pistols, and both Cook and Jones had sung lead for the late Sex Pistols recordings "Silly Thing" and "Lonely Boy". For these recordings, Lightning Raiders bassist Andy Allan was employed as a session musician. After the Sex Pistols officially split and broke ties with manager Malcolm McLaren, this line-up was resurrected as the Professionals, and signed to Virgin Records, the same label as the Sex Pistols.
In July 1980, the Professionals released their first single, "Just Another Dream", which also included a video promo. This was followed by a second single "1-2-3" in October, which reached No. 43 in the UK Singles Charts. Shortly after the second single's release, Cook and Jones had plans to debut a self-titled LP during that same year. But there were some legal problems, as Allan had no recording contract with Virgin. He sued the record company, claiming he had never been credited nor paid by them. Consequently, Virgin's compilation album Cash Cows, which featured the Professionals' track "Kick Down the Doors", was withdrawn and the album was shelved. After Allan left the band, he was replaced by ex-Subway Sect bassist Paul Myers, with Ray McVeigh also joining the band as a second guitarist. The new line-up of the Professionals later re-recorded previous material so that Allan would not be owed any further royalties.
The Professionals were first managed by Dave Hill, who had managed Johnny Thunders and was managing the Pretenders. They recorded radio sessions for John Peel's Radio 1, which aired on 10 November 1980, as means to promote the release of "Join the Professionals" that same month. Due to difficulties in finding a producer (Mick Glossop was eventually picked), the release of the single was repeatedly delayed up to June 1981. Hill left afterwards to focus on the Pretenders, and John Curd was chosen as a replacement. They then recorded further sessions with BBC, this time for The Evening Show with Mike Read on 15 December.
The group brought in producer Nigel Gray to help record their full-length album; the result was I Didn't See It Coming, released in November 1981. The album was supported by UK and U.S. tour dates, and the release of a single for the song "The Magnificent". But the band's American tour was cut short when Cook, Myers, and McVeigh were injured in a car accident. The Professionals returned to America in the spring of 1982 after a hiatus for recovery, but Jones' and Myers' drug problems further hampered the band's prospects. They declined an opening spot offer on tour for the Clash, and broke up.
Later that year, "Join the Professionals" was featured in the movie Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains along with three other Cook/Jones compositions, "Conned Again", "La La La", and "Don't Blow It All the Way".
In celebration of the release of a three-disc set (The Complete Professionals) by Universal Music Group for 16 October 2015, the Professionals, with Tom Spencer filling in for Steve Jones, reunited for a concert at the 100 Club. This reunion also included a warm-up gig at the Fleece in Bristol three days prior to the main show.
In January 2016, the band announced a three show tour for 17th to 19th March. A joint headline show featuring Rich Kids was also announced at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire for 16th May. The show was later rescheduled for 23rd June due to the ongoing structural work at the original venue.
On 25th October, 2016 the band announced that a new album was forthcoming - the first new material recorded by the band for 35 years.
A best-of album was eventually released in 2005, containing material from their one album, four singles, and the albums-worth of demos recorded with Andy Allan. Ten years later, the compilation was expanded further with the release of The Complete Professionals, which features all of their studio tracks, alternate recordings, and radio sessions.
Their song "Join the Professionals" was covered by the Epoxies.
- 1980 – The Professionals (Virgin Records) (unreleased until 1997)
- 1981 – I Didn't See It Coming (Virgin Records)
- 1980 – "Just Another Dream" b/w "Action Man" (Virgin Records, July 1980)
- 1980 – "1-2-3" b/w "Baby, I Don't Care" and "White Light/White Heat" (Virgin Records, October 1980) - UK No. 43
- 1981 – "Join the Professionals" b/w "Has Anybody Got an Alibi" (Virgin Records, June 1981)
- 1981 – "Little Boys in Blue" featured on the Sounds Freebie No. 2 split single promo (Sounds magazine) (b/w "I’ll Rip Your Spine Out" by Gillan)
- 1981 – "The Magnificent" b/w "Just Another Dream" (Virgin Records, October 1981).
- 1980 – "Kick Down the Doors" featured on the Cash Cows compilation (Virgin Records) (Later releases omitted the song after Andy Allan's lawsuit against Virgin.)
- 2005 – The Best of The Professionals (Captain Oi!)
- 2015 – The Complete Professionals (Universal Music Group)
- Paul Cook − drums, backing vocals (1979–1982, 2015–present)
- Ray McVeigh − rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1980–1982, 2015–present)
- Paul Myers − bass, backing vocals (1980–1982, 2015–present)
- Tom Spencer − guitar, vocals (2015–present)
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