the RATS


Pete Lewis - Bass & Vocals Julian Lobb - Guitar Paddy McCready - Drums




Various Artists - Double Booked LP

Side One

"I'm Down" Double Vision /  "All That Honey" Shuffle / "Our Way Must Be Better" Fuss / "With You" Creepin' Jane / "Marilyn Munroe" Brainiac 5 / "Ellis Island" Beaver / "Double Booked" Sensible Shoes.

Side Two

"Double Booked" Beaver / "Bambino" Shuffle / "You Are The One" Creepin' Jane / "First Mistake" The Rats / "More Than Just A Feeling" Double Vision / "Third Time Lucky" Beaver / "Natty Punko" Brainiac 5.

Catalogue Number - W4001

Label - W4 Records

Year Of Release - 1977


Paddy McCready Pete Lewis Julian Lobb
The above photo was taken at the 'William IV' Pub in Truro, Cornwall, December 1977.


The Rats

The above photo was taken at the 'William IV' Pub in Truro, Cornwall in 1977

 Pete Lewis (bass, vocals), Julian Lobb (guitar), Paddy Macready (drums)

 Formed in 1976, after 18-year old Pete Lewis disbanded his first band, Truro School rock combo, X-Ray, the Rats were arguably Cornwall’s first punk rock band. Taking their inspiration from the likes of the New York Dolls, the Sex Pistols, Generation X, The Buzzcocks, the Adverts and the Ramones, they played a mix of original material (penned by bass guitarist/vocalist Pete Lewis) and punk rock covers.

 Their regular haunt was Truro’s William IV pub, sometimes playing under various aliases (such as Nasty Tales and the Lazy Bastards) to keep the regulars on their toes.

 In 1977, the Rats recorded two songs (‘First Mistake’ and ‘She Don’t Care’) at Roche Recording Studios, in Cornwall, with ‘First Mistake’ chosen to appear on the ‘Double Booked’ album (a compilation LP featuring acts that appeared at ‘the William’), and receiving airplay on John Peel’s Radio 1 show. The following year, the Rats returned to Roche Studios and recorded two more tracks, ‘For My Pleasure’ and ‘Don’t Forget (engineered by Hawkwind drummer Martin Griffin), with the former (the title of which was inspired by Roxy Music’s ‘For Your Pleasure’) included on this CD.

 Pete Lewis went on to study medicine at Nottingham University, reconvening the Rats when he returned to Cornwall during his holidays. He also played in a number of university bands, including Make Up (featuring Matthew Bannister, who later went on to become controller of BBC Radio 1 and Director of Radio at the BBC, on vocals). Later, whilst working as a doctor at Torbay Hospital, Pete Lewis fronted local new wave/power pop act, Heat Treatment.

 Pete Lewis now practises integrative medicine in Sydney, Australia.



Thanks to Peter Lewis for all the above information and photo.



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