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Formed in 1976, 999 have only changed two band members and continues to record and play live to the present day, leading AllMusic to describe the band as "one of the longest-lived groups of the punk era".



Between 1978 and 2007, 999 released 14 singles – five of them charting in the UK Top 75 between 1978 and 1981 – and 12 studio albums. Another released by 999 in 1978, Homicide, charted within the Top 40. As a result of extensive touring in the United States in the early 1980s, 999’s third and fourth studio albums: The Biggest Prize in Sport and Concrete, each charted on the U.S. Billboard 200.

From t976 to 1985, 999 were Nick Cash (vocals, guitar), Guy Days (lead guitar), Jon Watson (bass guitar) and Pablo LaBrittain (drums). LaBrittain was temporarily replaced by drummer Ed Case aka Paul Edwards in 1980 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor accident. Watson left in 1985 to be replaced by Danny Palmer, who stayed until 1991. Palmer was replaced by Arturo Bassick, who remains the bass guitarist to this date.

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