Despite using the French moniker Le Griffe (meaning ‘The Claw’), this band was formed in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, in 1980. Le Griffe’s original line-up comprised Chris Hatton (vocals, guitar), Paul Wood (guitar), Tim Blackwood (guitar), Kevin Collier (bass) and Martin Allen (drums). Quickly becoming popular on their local live circuit, the band signed to the (now defunct) Bullet Records label, who released a three-track EP entitled Fast Bikes in 1981. The EP was a worthy debut, featuring melodic rockers reminiscent of early Def Leppard coupled with 12-bar Status Quo -style boogie. The band gigged extensively throughout the UK and released a mini-album, Breaking Strain, again on the Bullet Records label, in 1984. At the time of its release guitarist Tim Blackwood left the band to be replaced by Amos Sanfillipo, but the band dissolved early in 1985. Collier went on to join Rogue Male.
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