The Samples played, danced and got very pissed at some 200+ live dates. They played with the likes of The Fall, Blitz, Vice Squad, Discharge etc..and most of the Oi! period Punk bands; anyone who was anybody promised The Samples dates or support slots – only a few came up with the goods. They played at The Lyceum in London, the 100 Club on several occasions and most of the London club venues – always for crap money and flat beer, but that was the fun of it – The Samples always did it for fun, they didn’t want to be trendy or Garry Bushell’s favourite ‘dish of the week’, it wasn’t important. Signing to No Future gave The Samples a world-wide audience bringing with it fans from all over the globe. Dead Hero sold 7,500 and reached the Independent top 10 and 104 in the national chart. Oh what fame! Without a follow-up single or LP, The Samples carried on regardless and played many CND, Anti-Hunt and Animal Liberation gigs. Although not an Anarchist band, The Samples belief was a true Left Wing approach to the world’s problems.
Even though the band’s last gig was in 1986, they never officially split up! Is there a final adventure to come before bits start falling off? Maybe, who knows? Meantime, this FB page is here to satisfy those who would like to stay in touch and reminisce a little.