Wasted Youth (British band)

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Wasted Youth
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Background information
OriginLondon, England
Years active1979–1982
LabelsBridgehouse Records
Associated actsFlesh for Lulu
WebsiteWasted Youth on Myspace
Past members
  • Ken Scott
  • Rocco Barker
  • Nick Nicole
  • Darren Murphy
  • Andy Scott
  • Mick Atkins

Wasted Youth were a punk rock/post-punk band from London, England, active between 1979 and 1982, which blended early Goth and post-punk with dark acoustic strains of the sort associated with Nick Drake and Syd Barrett. The line-up of the band was Ken Scott (vocals and guitar), Rocco Barker (guitar), Nick Nicole (synth), Darren Murphy (bass) and Andy Scott (drums), their records were released through Bridgehouse Records, a label set up by the bass player's father, former boxer Terry Murphy.[1]

Wasted Youth emerged from the Plaistow power pop trio The Tickets who were fronted by Ken Scott with brother Andy on Drums and John McGeady on bass.

Rocco Barker went on to form the band Flesh for Lulu and was in the Channel 4 show, A Place in Spain: Costa Chaos.[2]

The band's bassist, Darren Murphy, died of cancer on 15 February 2012.[1]



Year Title UK Indie Chart Position[3]
January 1980 "Jealousy" 23
July 1980 "I'll Remember You" 19
1980 "My Friends Are Dead" EP
May 1981 "Rebecca's Room" 15
May 1982 "Wildlife" 21
September 1982 "Reach Out" 42
December 1982 "(Do the) Caveman"


Year Title UK Indie Chart Position[3]
December 1981 "Wild and Wandering" 9
1982 "Live"
May 1983 "Beginning of the End" 13
"From the Inner Depth"
2006 "Memorialize" (Singles '79-'82)


  1. ^ a b Robb, John (2012) "Darren Murphy : Wasted Youth : RIP", Louder Than War, 22 February 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2017
  2. ^ Dawn & Rocco Web Site - Biographies - Rocco
  3. ^ a b Lazell, Barry (1997) Indie Hits 1980–1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, p. 251

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