Fast Cars were active on the Manchester Punk/Mod scene from early 1978 to December 1980, playing all around the North West and London to ever increasing crowds including prestigious support slots with the likes of the Rezillos, XTC, the Buzzcocks and The Jam !
They released one single “The kids just wanna Dance” in 1979 which unbeknown to the band was bootlegged several times in the 90’s and became a massive cult hit around the world, with original copies changing hands for around £250 amongst avid collectors.
In 2001 just after the launch of the website www.thefastcars.com it became evident just how successful the single had become and Fast Cars were being been hailed as “The Kings of Power Pop” across Japan, Europe and North America.
The band were invited to tour Japan in 2001 and signed a two album deal with Detour records and released several singles around the world selling well over 20,000 records. They followed this up with sell out shows in Berlin, Rome, London and Madrid and a 2nd tour of Japan in 2008.
Not only has the “Kids just wanna dance” been bootlegged and officially re- released several times it has also been covered by many bands across the world, most recently by young American punk pop band “Emily’s Army” on their 2nd album “Lost at Seventeen”. Emily’s Army feature the son of Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day on drums , and the boys told Fast Cars it was Billie Joe himself who suggested they cover “The kids” as he told them this what power pop SHOULD sound like! …
Billie Joe also produced the album, breathing new life into the classic song 37 years later which sounded just as poignant as it did when it was written in 1979 about the Swinton punks that attended Fast Cars gigs at the Butchers Arms and the Duke of Wellie on the top road in Pendlebury.