NINE BELOW ZERO

Nine Below Zero are an English blues band, who have a cult following throughout Europe, and were most popular during the period 1980–1982. Nine Below Zero started life in South London during 1977, in the midst of the punk rock boom in England — but their sound and inspiration were so totally counterintuitive to what was going on in punk rock that they scarcely seemed to be part of that movement, apart from their extremely energetic attack on their instruments. Rather than noise for its own sake or auto-destruction, their inspiration lay in classic Chicago blues (though John Mayall’s early music and that of the Who and the Kinks from early in their careers also figured into their sound). Dennis Greaves (lead vocals, guitar), Peter Clark (bass), and Kenny Bradley (drums) — soon joined by Mark Feltham (who actually replaced a teacher of theirs who had sat in on the early gigs) on vocals and harmonica — were schoolmates and friends who shared a love of blues.