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999 are an English , formed in in December, 1976. From the period of 1976 to 1985, the lineup of 999 consisted of Nick Cash (vocals, guitar), Guy Days (lead guitar), Jon Watson (bass) and Pablo LaBrittain (drums). (As a result of injuries sustained in a motor accident, LaBrittain was temporarily replaced by drummer Ed Case aka Paul Edwards in 1980.) Jon Watson left the band in 1985; being replaced by Danny Palmer, who remained with the band until 1991. Palmer was replaced by Arturo Bassick, who remains the player with 999 to this date.
Between 1978 and 2007, 999 released fourteen and twelve . Five of the singles released by 999 between 1978 and 1981 charted within the Top 75 in the , with one further single released by 999 in 1978, Homicide, charting within the Top 40. In addition, as a result of extensive touring in the in the early 1980s, the band's third and fourth studio albums: and Concrete, each charted on the U.S. .
Despite having formed in 1976, 999 have only experienced two permanent changes to their original lineup and has continued to record and play live arab dating sit to the present day, leading to describe the band as "one of the longest-lived groups of the ."
Named after , 999 was founded in London by singer/ Nick Cash and Guy Days. Cash and Days met each other when the former was a member of the band , and the latter was a who played on some of the band’s tapes. In late 1976, they placed an advertisement in for band members and ended up turning down (), () and (). They recruited Jon Watson on and Pablo LaBritain on , LaBritain having briefly played with . The band that eventually became known as 999 performed their first at the Cricket Club in January 1977. After experimenting with several different band names, the band became 999 in May 1977.
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999 soon established themselves as a powerful live act on London's punk scene and became regulars at the . On the strength of their well received, self-financed debut , 999 were signed to around the same time as the . "I'm Alive" became a firm favourite in the punk . The band's second single, "Nasty Nasty", was cited nearly 20 years after its release as a seminal punk single.
Their , by Andy Arthurs, was released in March 1978. One retrospective review claimed it "demonstrated their limitations as well as their strengths. The 45 cuts like "Me And My Desire" and "Emergency" demonstrated the latter, but the album lacked that special ingredient, uniqueness or originality to make it stand out from the crowd." The album reached No. 53 in the . The following year, the song "Emergency" from the album appeared — alongside songs by bands like and — on the punk compilation 20 of Another Kind. That album reached No. 45 in the UK . Years later, "Emergency" was included in magazine's list of the best punk rock singles of all time.
The band's second album, was produced by . One reviewer lists it as one of the best punk albums of all time. In the , a slightly altered version of Separates, re-titled High Energy Plan, became the band's first American release. In October 1978, a month after the album’s release, 999 recorded their only session for at . 999 also played at Front Row Festival, a three-week event at the Hope and Anchor in late November and early December 1977. This resulted in the band’s inclusion, alongside the likes of , , , , , and , on a hit double LP of recordings from the festival.
999 toured widely in the and the band was rewarded when their albums and Concrete charted on the . In the US, "Homicide" and "Hollywood" garnered frequent rotation on Rock of the 80s format radio stations like KROQ in Los Angeles. According to , "For many Americans, they were the first to actually bother with the backwoods, playing places which other Brit bands hadn't heard of, and returning to them again and again. And while no one knows how many American bands were first inspired to take up arms by 999, those that did still wear their loyalties loudly."