Paisley’s punk scene

Remember the infamous Bill Grundy interview with The Sex Pistols? If you do, you’ll know it’s one of the most iconic moments in Britain’s post-war cultural history.

What you might not know is the explosive impact it had on Paisley’s music scene…

In the fall-out from the group’s incendiary television appearance, major cities across the UK began to impose bans on punk groups playing any of their venues.

With Glasgow City Council as keen as any other authority to impose the ban, keen-eyed local promoters spotted an opportunity – promote bands in Paisley venues which were just outside the city limits, and you’d get the punk fans flocking in.

A list of bands who played Paisley in the punk / new wave eras reads like a ‘who’s who’ … The Clash, The Rezillos, The Boomtown Rats, Elvis Costello, The Buzzcocks and a band then known as Johnny & The Self-Abusers who’d go on to become Simple Minds!

There are loads of great blogs out there with first-hand accounts of Paisley’s punk scene – here are a couple of our favourites:

Neil McLean, contributor to the Nostalgia Nights Events (NNE) website, takes you on a personal journey through some memorable Paisley punk gigs:

Paisley’s role in the punk revolution

Mike Clarke documents the bands, the labels and the records from Paisley’s punk scene:

Paisley Punk & Grouch Marxist Records

While you're exploring...

“I remember it well…my Dad was head chef at The Silver Thread and catered for the punk scene – he used to sneak people in the back door for free.”

Caroline Gormley
Paisley artist

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