Urchin (1974-1980): a NWOBHM band from London, UK.
rchin is another band whose legacy intertwines with that of Iron Maiden for it was one of Adrian Smith and Dave Murray's first bands. Murray joined the band after vocalist Dennis Wilcock kicked him out of Iron Maiden when 'Maiden was in its infant years. But when he rejoined Iron Maiden, they also asked Smith to join the band, but he initially refused because he thought his future with Urchin was the course to take, but after Urchin disbanded he conceded and joined Iron Maiden. Urchin was known for its hard rock style reminiscent of early NWOBHM but left the scene in 1980 just as that movement was reaching its apex releasing only two singles in the form of Black Leather Fantasy (1977) and She`s A Roller (1978). Although the line-up would feature Maurice Coyne (guitar) and David Hall (vocals), they would be replaced in 1977 with Dave Murray (guitar), Andy Barnett (guitar) to complete what would be their final line-up featuring founding members Alan Levett (bass), Adrian Smith (guitar/ vocals) and Barry Tyler (drums).