Jimmy Norton's Explosion was a short-lived British power pop band, formed in 1979 by former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock after the demise of Rich Kids. The other members of the group were guitarist Danny Kustow (formerly of Tom Robinson Band) and drummer Budgie (Big In Japan, Slits and Siouxsie & The Banshees). No records were released by the outfit. After several changes to the line-up, the group changed their name to The Spectres, issuing two singles in 1980 before the project fizzled out.

Links To Peel

Having recorded two Peel sessions with the Rich Kids in 1977-78, Matlock's next project was granted a session despite the band not having released a record.

Matlock toured with Iggy Pop in 1980, playing bass in his live band. He subsequently worked on the studio recordings for Pop's next solo album 'Soldier', contributing to it the track 'Ambition' that had been recorded for the Jimmy Norton Peel session the previous year. Another track from that session, 'Getting Away With Murder', was re-recorded and released as the b-side to Spectres debut single, 'This Strange Effect'.


One session only. No known commercial release.

1. Recorded: 1979-07-30. First broadcast 06 August 1979. Repeated 06 September 1979, 07 October 1986.

  • Getting Away With Murder / Just Like Lazarus / Ambition / Lost In A Landslide

Other Shows Played

Jimmy Norton's Explosion

  • None.


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