From SoB to Saxon- from coal-pits to ‘Wheels of Steel’


SoB/ Saxon as I remember them.

I am pleased to announce the publication of the latest edition of Memories of Barnsley magazine, which contains an article I have written on the early career of Barnsley heavy rockers Son of a Bitch/ Saxon.  This piece is an elaboration upon earlier postings I have made on this blog discussing the band‘s career and its place in the cultural life of Barnsley during the 1970s.


Band members Byford and Quinn next to a quintessentially South Yorkshire bit of stone wall

The new article is based upon my further researches at the British Library and gives a brief account of the band’s emergence and development through the 1970s, culminating in their record deal and their transformation into Saxon, changes which set the stage for their international success.  The story is told through the perspective of the local newspaper, the Barnsley Chroniclewhich was happy to fill column inches with reportage on the band’s progress through increasingly large gigs, a battle of the bands and the elusive hunt for a deal.


Saxon at Donnington festival, 1980. To quote Nigel Tufnel: “[Female fans] are really quite fearful, that’s my theory. They see us on stage with tight trousers and we’ve got, you know, armadillos in our trousers…”

For me, the band were a formative influence upon my musical tastes and aspirations (and to some degree upon my dress sense- photo above excepted) so that I am pleased to offer a small tribute to them, not least because they are still active after all these decades.


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