Keith Moon on vocals, members of Led Zeppelin, The Rezillos, Tenpole Tudor, Steeleye Span? Just who formed the original lineup of the Pork Dukes?
The Pork Dukes are a London-based punk band with a Hereford connection.
Dennis Schiavon from local band The Big Top, joined the band a couple of years ago under the moniker Vincent Santini.
He had previously played in a band with Bonk the drummer, as he explains:
"We were both in a band called The Revillos in the 1980s.
"We've remained good friends, and just before the 'Dukes were due to go to the States, he called me up and said they needed a bass player for the tour.
"Well, it didn't take me long to think about it!"
Formed in 1976, the Pork Dukes were ruder than the Sex Pistols, but didn't achieve the Pistols' notoriety.
Playing incognito, there were rumours the Pork Dukes featured Keith Moon on vocals, members of Led Zeppelin, The Rezillos, Tenpole Tudor, Steeleye Span and even Dudley Moore.
Only some of this was true.
The Pork Dukes released their first single 'Bend & Flush' in the heady summer of 1977, and the rude content and cover of the single helped it sell over 20,000 copies.
Although the notorious Pork Dukes had three UK indie hit singles and two album releases, they received no radio airplay due to the offensive titles of their songs.
The late, legendary UK DJ John Peel, on his Radio One show, remarked that "the Pork Dukes would have hits with their infuriating catchy singles, were they not so manifestly unbroadcastable!"
But even a nod of approval from Elton John at the time didn't help; the curiosity surrounding the Pork Dukes afforded them cult status but after releasing two albums the band split in 1979.
In the last few years since the band has reformed, three re-released albums have been followed swiftly by a new single, mostly featuring artwork by the renowned UK low-brow fetish artist Vince Ray, which has become very collectable.
The single 'Pop Stars' was produced by Kid Krupa, the guitarist from 1970s band The Revillos, shortly before he died.
Clearly, since the heady days of punk, a number of people could lay claim to being the rudest singer/band.
Vilos Styles from the Pork Dukes
But no-one does it with the panache, humour and fun of the Pork Dukes.
The band has a tongue-in-cheek, punk-fuelled sing-a-long live act that captures the imagination of both sexes - providing you're open-minded and like a good laugh.
They were, and still are, the cream of the obscene.
Brief Band Biographies
Identical twins, Vilos Styles (vocals/guitar) and Horendus Styles (lead guitar), have worked together since their youth.
They appeared in the stage musical Oliver! in London's west end in 1973, then formed the respected progressive rock band Gnidrolog, releasing two critically acclaimed albums on RCA.
They recorded a single with Leiber & Stoller, the team who wrote some of Elvis Presley's biggest hits.
As actors they appeared in the classic 1970s TV show Hi-De-Hi, before forming The Pork Dukes as a mystery punk band in 1976, with drummer Bonk.
But after three years touring with the 'Dukes, Bonk (who was then under the stage name 'Rocky Rhythm'), helped to form the successful Scottish pop combo The Revillos, who appeared a number of times on Top Of The Pops.
It was during his time the The Revillos when Bonk met up with bassist Dennis Schiavon from Hereford - aka Vince Santini.
Doubling as an actor and singer, Santini has appeared in Shakespeare plays, operas, musicals, church choirs - and now the Pork Dukes. Clearly a natural progression.
You can listen to all the latest music from across the two counties on the Friday Session, every week from 7pm on BBC Hereford & Worcester.
last updated: 16/01/2009 at 23:02
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