Sigue Sigue Sputnik, along with their debut single "Love Missile F1-11", first appeared in 1986. The band comprised Martin Degvile (vocals), Tony James (bass), Neal X (guitar) and the two drummers Chris Kavanagh and Ray Mayhew, who played the same rhythm at the same time to create the effect of "a robot kicking down a door"! Sigue Sigue Sputnik's aim was to create success based more on their image than their music.
The band took their influences from films such as "A Clockwork Orange", "Bladerunner" and "Terminator" and their stated interests were "ultra violence, video nasties, affluence, rockets and home computers". Re-using essentially the same tune on their second single "21st Century Boy", and on other tracks, they were probably the visually brightest band in history. The immediate media interest never turned into a long term fan base though, and after the second LP "Dress for Excess" the band died out somewhat, although they have reformed at times and released newer material.
Their founder and driving force, Tony James, had started out in Generation X with Billy Idol, and after Sigue Sigue Sputnik (SSS) he resurfaced as a member of the third incarnation of the Sisters of Mercy. He was last heard of performing in the band Carbon Silicon with former Clash and Big Audio Dynamite member Mick Jones.