The Lambrettas came into being in the late 70s. Doug Sanders and Jez Bird were playing in a band called Shakedown. They were looking for direction in keeping with their musical tastes, so split from Shakedown to start something new.Their first gig was on Hastings Pier with 4 other bands, and promoter Peter Haines offered them management. After a few months of gigs they were signed to Elton John’s Rocket Records and released their first single Go Steady. This got them some airplay and soon they were gigging more regularly. The mod revival had now grown, and clothes that they used to fight for in the charity shops were now on sale in the High Street. Their second single was Poison Ivy. Soon after, their album Beat Boys in the Jet Age was released.