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The Motors were a British pub rock/punk band, formed in London in 1977 by former Ducks Deluxe members Nick Garvey and Andy McMaster together with guitarist Rob Hendry (who was replaced in May 1977 by Bram Tchaikovsky) and drummer Ricky Slaughter.[1] Their biggest success was with the McMaster penned song « Airport », a number 4 UK hit single in 1978.[2]

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Having left Ducks Deluxe in early 1975, Garvey formed a band called The Snakes with Slaughter and vocalist Robert Gotobed, who would later form the punk band, Wire.[3] Following the former group’s quick demise (having released only one single before splitting) Garvey’s manager Richard Ogden suggested that he form his own band. He contacted his former bandmate Andy McMaster (who had been working for a music publisher since leaving Ducks Deluxe) and they began recording demos together in January 1977.[3] The Motor’s debut live performance was at the Marquee Club in March 1977,[3] and they recorded three songs for John Peel’s weekly BBC Radio 1 show the same month (22 March 1977[4]).

By May they had been signed to Virgin Records, and recorded material for another John Peel session on 12 September of that year.[4]

Their first single was « Dancing The Night Away », which reached number 42 in the UK Singles Chart in 1977. Two other sizeable hits followed. In 1978 the band released « Airport » - which proved to be the band’s biggest seller - and which peaked at number 4.

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