THE LONDON SS – A Day with the Punk Rock Band

The London SS is the band that never was but were as crucial as the Sex Pistols in the birth of what would come to be known as punk rock. They never had a stable lineup, never played a gig, never released a record, and were in essence Mick Jones (The Clash), Tony James (Generation X), and Eunan Brady (Hollywood Brats).

DISCLAIMER: THE LONDON SS neither supports nor condones nazism, neo-nazism, fascism, racism, sexism, bullying, homophobia, or random acts of violence.

There’s a great book called Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer in which Tony James states:

“We hadn’t thought at all about the Nazi implications. It just seemed like a very anarchic, stylish thing to do.”

Early in 2012 after going for a pint with Mick Jones in a Portobello road pub, Brady decided to resurrect the name and form a new lineup. New members of the band are Jimi McDonald, Taj, Michael Kane, Richard Grealish, and Eunan Brady.

The London SS has now released the first EP “No Beards. No Beerguts. No Beginners.” (CD/Vinyl: and we are pleased to have contributed to the creation of their artwork. Represented on this page are some of the photographs we shot and art directed.

London SS

These pictures were taken on the streets of Camden Town, London.

Check out more stills on our London Music Photography page.

1 thought on “THE LONDON SS – A Day with the Punk Rock Band”

  1. Fascinating story of London SS.
    Their crowning glory is their brilliant name, pre dating the 76 punk explosion and the ioriginal punks flirtation with swastikas and confronting the older generations with such shock tactics.
    One question, can someone put a date of the month and year of the inception of the original line up and band name?
    Neil McGuigan

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