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Sigue Sigue Sputnik were a British new wave band formed in 1982 by former Generation X bassist Tony James. The band had three UK Top 40 hit singles, including the song "Love Missile F1-11" and "21st Century Boy". The band was formed by Tony James, who had just left the band Gen X, and Neal X (Whitmore), who recruited "post-punk drag queen" Martin Degville. Degville was a clothes designer and supplied the bands wardrobe, and YaYa, the store where he worked, became the bands base. Their first gig was in Paris, supporting Johnny Thunders, with James' former Gen X colleague and then drummer for Thunders, Mark Laff, on drums. Mick Jones, formerly of The Clash, worked with the band as live sound engineer, helped manipulate their sound, and appeared with them when they opened for New Model Army. Fachna O'Kelly, manager of The Boomtown Rats who had provided much of the bands equipment, provided the band with the name Sigue Sigue Sputnik, as a supposed reference to a Russian street gang and supposedly meaning "burn, burn satellite". The bands sound was, according to James, arrived at by accident, when he inadvertently mixed elements of film soundtracks with their demo track "Love Missile F1-11" while putting together a video compilation from his favourite films.


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