Before Beggars Banquet became a record label, they were a chain of record shops and concert promoters. Below their Fulham store was a basement, fitted out as a cheap rehearsal room that proved popular with young bands playing the London pub circuit at the birth of the punk explosion.
One such band was The Lurkers, a four piece from in and around Ickenham, West London. They had a ‘fifth’ member too, a school friend who had briefly been the singer but wasn’t overly enamored with rehearsing so instead became their driver, minder and sound man – he was Pete Edwards, also known as Plug.
Now managing the band, Beggars helped them to buy some gear and, more importantly, a van so they could get around the country. In 1977 and with no interest forthcoming from established labels, Beggars decided to release their first single, the Free Admission Single 7”,...