Responsible for the first two releases on Cherry Red
, Worcester outfit The Tights were described by label boss Iain McNay
as "Malvern's answer to The Sex Pistols
- 15/16-year-old kids in a punk band." Originally named The Jerks (because they began by writing "jerky songs"), The Tights debuted in June 1978 with Bad Hearts / It / Cracked
, a Single of the Week in Record Mirror and endorsed by John Peel
. September follow-up Howard Hughes
was a tribute to the legendarily eccentric America tycoon, but the band were unable to commit to regular gigs and they broke up the following year.