Colin Woods (ex L-OX) had been in the short-lived post L-OX band Traitor (who later became The Allotropes) before forming The Stabs with two other ex L-OX members, Maurice McKeown (also in Omagh band Control Zone) and Mark Wilson. The Stabs played punk pop. They were quickly re-christened Music For The Dead and were reputedly the best band in the scene by far. The band became a five piece with the addition of second guitarist Ronnie Bashford.
The band was active 1979-80 and played The Harp and The Pound in Belfast. Regular songs in their set included "Gee Harry", "Time", "Shattered Illusions" and "Maurice Doesn't Like The Buzzcocks Anymore".
Music For The Deaf's name may have been partly responsible for the confusion surrounding the origins of Oxy & The Morons, whose self-released singles were on the Music For The Deaf label.
See Colin Woods website for more information about MFD and his other bands.
Colin Kenny replaced by Davy Lynas (later in Dogmatic Element).
Davy Lynas in turn replaced by Gary Millar.
Colin Woods (later in Paradise Lost) replaced by David Breen (guitar).
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