Brian Hogg sent the
Abusers' first demo tape to Stiff Records and
Chiswick Records in April 1977. Only
Chiswick followed them up. Boss
Ted Carroll loved their name.
- Ted Carroll played the demo tape so much he managed to lose it. The band sent another.
- Saints And Sinners and
Dead Vandals were lifted directly from the demo tape.
- The single was pre-sold on the name alone.
- Chiswick planned to release the single in August, but it didnít appear until November. By that time, the
Abusers were recording and gigging under the name of
- Jim Kerr and the bandís manager (presumably
Scott McArthur) tried to persuade
Carroll to change the name
on the single to
Carroll was reluctant to do so, lying that the labels had already been printed.
- Simple Minds #1 celebrated the single's release by splitting up.
- As punk sold extremely well, Chiswick pressed up 15,000 copies. It didn't chart.
- Mint copies can still be tracked down.