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From: Newtownabbey, Antrim, N.IRL

Active: 1982-

Style: Heavy Metal



Northern hard rock/heavy metal band whose sole single is inevitably offered for sale as NWOBHM. The A-side is melodic hard rock, the B-side somewhat more metallic. It's a decent record, more than worthwhile for genre collectors. It was released on the band's own Strayed Records label but without an artist credit on either label. This was corrected with a stamp of the band name "RENEGADE" in block capitals in red ink on both A and B labels - most copies carry this stamp.

Renegade rose in March 1982 from the ashes of several earlier bands that had split up including Chalice, a heavy rock/metal band featuring Graeme Boyd, Gary Grattan, Nigel Thompson, Declan Walsh and Davy O'Neill. Chalice played a mix of covers and originals. They enjoyed some local success supporting the Mighty Shamrocks in Portstewart and Toejam in Whitehead. Their set featured the epic "Blood From The Chalice". University and work commitments led to their demise, and Boyd & Grattan went on to form Renegade.

Renegade practiced in the same barn on a farm near the village of Straid, County Antrim which had been used by Chalice. This is the source of the 'Strayed' label name for Renegade's single. Rural metal rules!

Renegade gigged throughout Ireland and gained a good live reputation, especially in the north. Notable achievements early on included support slots for Wishbone Ash and the Mamas Boys in Belfast and Dublin. They recorded a live session for Downtown Radio in Belfast. In November/December 1983, the debut single was recorded at the same studio, with production handled by the band themselves. By the time of it's release in 1984, Laurence McKeown had been replaced by Paul Scott (drums) and Gary Grattan by Brian Wilson (guitar).


• (I Don't Need) The Fighting Man / Hysteria in America
7" - Strayed Records - ST1001 - 1984 - no PS, no bandname credit on label
Some copies with red bandname stamp on label.
A-side credited to Morrow, Boyd & Grattan; B-side to Morrow & Boyd.
Recorded at Downtown Radio in November/December 1983.
Produced by the band.


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