Kris Zajaczkowski - Vocals
Steve Aleksic - Guitar
Ian Bairstow - Bass
Tony Bridle - Drums
Around early 1977 when the punk revolution was
raging a bunch of Bradford lads walked into The Manville Arms, a student pub
frequented by a strange mix of hippies, pensioners, punk rockers and scholars.
Kris Zajaczkowski was serving behind the bar. A long-time fan of The Who he'd
become disillusioned with the 'plastic-punk' scene after working for the Sex
Pistols on their last UK gig at Ivanhoes in Huddersfield. There he'd witnessed
the poverty of the authentic 'Victorian' street urchins and then the rapid
change to to bondage-trousered mohican-topped poseurs.
He found the mods of the sixties more interesting; the sharp, high energy
The six young men at the bar had also found their way (through books!) to the
sixties music and fashion and together they scoured the record stores and
charity shops for mod clothes and music.
Kris, a singer, teamed up with a previous band member and guitarist Steve
Aleksic, Tony Bridle on drums and Ian Bairstow on bass and they began writing
songs and rehearsing. This became The Drive.
Playing venues such as The Chicago Express, The Royal Standard, Queens Hall, and
the ill-fated Rock Against Racism outdoor festival the band soon had a following
of 'new' mods. Rivalry grew between The Drive and Bradford's leading punk band
The Negatives, both part of the same line-up of acts at a few gigs.
A second mod band formed from the original 'Manville crowd' and The Scene took
off. This band quickly grew in popularity and after watching them perform at The
Royal Standard, Kris and guitarist Steve argued over the band's direction and a
street fight ensued. It was January 1979 and the band quit. Their most popular
song was 'Trapped in the Capital', a song ironically dedicated to the London
The above set of
photographs were taken at 'The Royal Standard', Bradford in January
The above article appeared in Bradford
fanzine "Wool City Rocker" #3 from February 1980.
- September 2012
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