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There are two bands with the name The Detonators:
1) Formed in 1979, The Detonators were a part of the early hardcore scene in Los Angeles. Based in Redondo Beach, The Detonators were founded by life-long friends Bruce Hartnell and Juan Camacho. After several records and tours of the North American and European continents, the band relocated to Eugene, Oregon in 1987, and released their landmark LP "Balls To You" Several other tours and records followed, and then the band took a financially induced hiatus---playing their last live gig in 1997. Hartnell went on to start a Mexican/spaghetti western band called Los Mex Pistols Del Norte, and sold his interest in his club, (John Henry's,) to work as a audio engineer at Eugene's Hult Center for the Performing Arts. Camacho ran several versions of a latino restaurant called Sandino's, and currently fronts a band called The Crimes Of Ambition. In 2003, drummer Sean Schock, who had seen the band in Ohio in 1992, and had recently moved to Eugene, found Hartnell and convinced him to release some of the music the Detonators had not released to date. These tracks were from a cassette tape -only release called ;A Thousand Points Of Punk that was supposed to come out in 1992 on vinyl, but the idea was scrapped due to lack of funds. The band played a reunion gig at John Henry's in 2003 to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their first LP, "Emergency Broadcast Systems" with a line up of Hartnell, Camacho, Kirk Black on bass, and Scott Adamo on drums. After the show, Black had expressed an interest in pursuing the band further, and it was decided by Hartnell to carry on without Camacho.
Schock was added on drums, and the other guitar spot was taken up by first Robin McDougall, and finally Will Lindsay-both from the Eugene band Human Certainty. Schock and bass player Saxon (from another Eugene band, the Happy Bastards) formed NFN records, and soon re-issued "Balls To You" on CD The label has grown to include several releases from other Eugene acts, and has also released some of the "Thousand Points" material on two 7 EPs, "Live in Hope, Die in Despair" and "Sonic Manifesto" which were released in late 2004.
2) In the late 1970's Belfast was rocked with the explosive sounds of the Detonators. Contempories of the best groups of the day including: The Outcasts, Protex and Stiff Little Fingers.
While the band played extensively they only recorded a couple of original songs for Rip Off Records, appearing on the Belfast Rocks compilation of 1979. The Detonators supported The Buzzcocks on their visit to Belfast in 1978.
The group began in 1976 and 26 years later the original line-up reunited in Sheffield and recorded a few new tracks.
While still at school in the mid '70's. Howard Ingram played in a band called Essence alongside Barry Mcllhenny. Ingram wanted the band to play original material instead of the Status Quo and Deep Purple covers favoured by the rest of the group and when the others decid-ed to cover Al Martinos Spanish Eyes "because it would go down well in working men's clubs", he promptly quit to form his own band. Mcllhenny went on to front Shock Treatment before carving out a successful career in journalism with publica-tions such as Melody Maker, Q Magazine and Empire. Today he is Editor in Chief of Emap Metro.
In 1976 Ingram's new, and as yet unnamed, group consist-ed of himself (vocals, guitar) Alan Gourley (vocals, guitar), Ali McMordie (vocals, bass) and Rod Murray (drums). The band performed live several times under the name Roche 4 and then played at one of the earliest punk venues, the Glenmachan Stables, as Skull. Skull split up the day of the gig and, as Ingram's band called in as last minute replacements, they decided to use another band's name.
At one of the punk gigs in Glenmachan, a band called Highway Star spotted Ali offered him a job following the departure of their own bass guitarist, Gordy Blair, to Belfast punk band Rudi. McMordie accepted the offer and shortly after, Highway Star changed their name to Stiff Little Fingers! McMordie's replacement was Paul McIlwaine (vocals and lead guitar), and Ingram switched to bass. Prior to this, Gourley and Ingram competed to play the dumbest one-note lead solos they could, which they thought was acceptable in the era of the Ramones. Actually, before he had been allowed to join the band McMordie had to make Ingram a tape of the Ramones LP, which he'd, bought on import before its UK release so that the band could learn it in its entirety!
The band took the name The Detonators shortly after McIlwaine's arrival. Their first rehearsal was on Jubilee Day '77, and they play whenever and wherever they could after that. A little known Detonators' fact is that the band were 'sign to the Good Vibes label and Terri Hooley booked them into Wizard Studios for a six hour session, session was a disaster for the band, as the bloke who ran the studio was unavailable and his pal who normally looked after the Wizard clothes was left in charge; he didn't seem to have a clue what he was doing, so The Detonators left without recording anything and the Good Vibes with nothing to release.
A week later they' travelled to Belfast's Hydepark Studios and recorded the tracks Crusin and Light at Your Window for George Doherty's Rip-Off label, and these were included compilation album Belfast Rock Detonators took part in a big 'Battle of the Bands Concert at Belfast's McMordie Hall QUB along with the Undertones, Rudi and the Outcasts.
When the Buzzcocks played Belfast's Ulster Hall in 1978, the Detonators where the preferred support act having attracted quite a following during the period 1976-1978.
Rod Murray quit the band to go to University in Sheffield; he was replaced by Steve Mulree who made his début at the Buzzcocks gig. Prior to the Buzzcocks gig Belfast Rocks was released - The George Doherty production was less than the band expected and he had added a synth part to the song Light At Your Window without asking the band.
Alan Gourley (Spike) left the band in September 1978 to pursue a University place in Cardiff. Paul McIlwaine and Howard Ingram split around the same time to join one of the most successful punk/new wave band of the era The Tearjerkers. The Tearjerkers had a successful period between 1978 and 1980 they played and toured with Thin Lizzy, Dexy's Midnight Runners, U2 and toured London recording sessions for the John Peel Show and Radio Luxemburg.
Live @ The Vine on Saturday, 23rd October 2004
Live @ The Vine on Saturday, 26th June 2004