But as I said before, the best bits came courtesy of Barry Blue. Particularily, "All My Love Always" (Also, their fourth single), "Tough Kids" (A year earlier, a Barry Blue solo flop), and the ever-so sneaky "Going Out the Back Door".
The semi-title track, "Breakaway", although not a Barry Blue compositition, wasn't bad either. It became their 2nd single as well.
Robbie Gray (Vocals)
Ricky Squires (Drums)
Davey Johnston (Keyboards)
Alistair Kerr (Bass)
Colin "Junior" Ivory (Guitar)
And that is all I knew back then. Fast forward 35 years...
They came from Ayrshire, Scotland, and initially went by the name of Vehicle. Began as a local pub act in '74, doing CCR covers and the like.
But when manager Colin Robertson (some compare him unkindly to Tam Paton) spotted them and signed, oppurtunity well and truly knocked. Support slots for national heroes Slik and Bay City Rollers followed, and by 1977 dEK were signed to CBS and their debut single "Have I the Right" became a no. 6 U.K. smash in March '77.
The B-side of said single was "Lady (Put the Light on)", written by Phil Wainman and Johnny Goodison of the Bay City Rollers' ("Give a Little Love", a U.K. #1 hit in 1975) fame.
But this was a cover of Goodison/Wainman's very own Big John's Rock & Roll Circus original from 1974...
Nonetheless, dEK enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame, toured European TV studios and even rubbed shoulders with the Jacksons - to name a few. Have a look-see at Robbie Gray's somewhat ancient MySpace page here for further info on all that.
A year later, dEK issued their last single, Bugatti/Musker's (who, during the early '80s, also wrote for Sheena Easton and Bucks Fizz) "Heart Get Ready For Love" - also recorded by Hello - backed by a raunchy cover of fellow Scots' Marmalade "Radancer".
The sound of this single was somewhat rougher and more assertive than their previous output, so who knows what might've become of Dead End Kids had they been allowed to develop any further.
Viewing publicity photos I recently found on the net taken of the band around the time this, their final single, in May 1978, drummer Squires and keyboard player Johnston appear to have been replaced. But, by exactly who I have absolutely no idea.
And an even later photo has them reduced to a four-piece and sporting a more New Wave-friendly image as well!
But if anyone, ANYwhere has any more info on dEK to share, please do not hesitate to contact me or comment on the subject below here. Needless to say, I'd love to hear from any/all band members!!
Here, at long last, is some further info I found on the band recently, coming straight from Robbie Gray (Click on the text).
Thanks to Mark Brennan, Phil Hendricks and everyone at my fave '70s re-issue label 7T's (Cherry Red), the complete (Save for the Japan-only B-side "Girl Dancer") previously released output of dEK was issued on the 7T's "Breakout" CD in 2007.
"Have I the Right"/"Lady (Put the Light on Me)" (CBS 4972) February, 1977.
"Breakaway"/"I'm Your Music Man" (CBS 5400) July, 1977.
"Breakaway"/"Girl Dancer" (Non-LP B-side) (CBS/Sony 06SP 218, Japan) 1977.
"Glad All Over"/"Last Night in Chinatown" (CBS 5569) September, 1977.
"All My Love Always"/"Roxanne" (CBS 5826) November, 1977.
"All My Love Always"/"I'm Your Music Man" (CBS/Sony 06SP 177, Japan) 1977.
"Heart Get Ready for Love"/"Radancer" (CBS 6926) 1978.
"Breakout" (CBS 82254) 1977.
"Breakout" (7T's Glam CD 44) 2007.
(Slightly updated November 2012 + June 2015)