The London SS was a British punk rock group founded in March 1975 by drummer Geir Wade, bassist John Brown, guitarist Mick Jones and guitarist (Eunan) Brady (formerly of the Hollywood Brats).
The origin of the name "London SS" is disputed. Geir Wade claims to have been the first to propose it; however,
The London SS eventually recruited Kelvin Cyril Blakelock to front their band. Blakelock's arrival led to Geir Wade's and Mick Jones's departures. The band changed its name to Violent Luck.
"In a vague effort to soften the blow of Mick's sacking, Kelvin suggested that he team up with the now bandless Tony. In Pete Frame's Two Family Trees, the story of The London SS starts with this meeting....
Geir too is concerned that he should get full acknowledgement for his role in the pre-history of The Clash. He is familiar with Tony's account of The London SS as reported by Pete Frame and is understandably annoyed to have been written out of the picture by someone who was originally little more than a hanger on... "The first time that I saw Tony James, he came into the room and we said, 'That guy looks like he comes from the country somewhere'. He just didn't fit the part! We were all very hip, a really stylish New York Dolls lookalike band, and here comes this hippy with jeans on that looked like Status Quo!" On the surface Brady and John seem less bitter about being omitted from The London SS story, but interviewed separately they express their contempt for the guilty party with a relish that is even more startling than Geir's, coming as it does from two such generally easy going men..."