Purple Hearts

Decades: 2000s


This Romford, Essex, England-based band was one of a wave of late 70s mod revivalists. Previously they had been Jack Plug And The Sockets, who were closer to punk than mod. By May 1978 however, they had changed their name to the Purple Hearts (after a drug much favoured by mods in the 60s). The line-up featured Robert Manton (vocals), Simon Stebbing (guitar), Jeff Shadbolt (bass) and Gary Sparks (drums). They signed to Fiction, the new label formed by Chris Parry. The band came to prominence on the March Of The Mods tour with Secret Affair and Back To Zero. Their debut single came in September 1979 with ‘Millions Like Us’, with ‘Frustration’ and ‘Jimmy’ following shortly afterwards. The first and last of the trio brushed the lower regions of the charts. By 1980 they had moved on to the Safari label and released ‘My Life’s A Jigsaw’ and ‘Plane Crash’, after which they split up. They re-formed in 1982 for a...

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