One band spawns three indie motormouths

May 1977: Number 12 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of indie music

It's probably fair to say that no band's reputation has been as founded on as little as that of the Crucial Three. They never recorded, never played live, rehearsed together only once, spending more of their time arguing about the Doors than actually writing anything. And yet they attained mythic status, partly because the band's three members – Julian Cope, Ian McCulloch and Pete Wylie – all ascended from indie fame to chart stardom in the early 80s and partly because the trio were such rampant egotists they never stopped referring to the Crucial Three in interviews and, occasionally, songs.

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