As described by Matlock, "Everyone had long hair then, even the milkman, so what we used to do was if someone had short hair we would stop them in the street and ask them if they fancied themselves as a singer." Among those they approached was Midge Ure, who was involved with his own band, Slik.
Kevin Rowland—who would co-found Dexys Midnight Runners three years later—auditioned, but apart from Matlock, no one was impressed. He had his 'I Hate Pink Floyd' T-shirt on, and it was held together with safety pins.
Everybody was brought up with an education system that told you point blank that if you came from the wrong side of the tracks..you had no hope in hell and no career prospects at all.
Out of that came pretentious moi and the Sex Pistols and then a whole bunch of copycat wankers after us.
Inspired by the punk scene that was emerging in Lower Manhattan—in particular by the radical visual style and attitude of Richard Hell, then with Television—Mc Laren began taking a greater interest in the Strand.