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Sunset Strip legend Lizzie Grey started London with Nikki Sixx in 1979, but Sixx immediately left to form Mötley Crüe (taking the duo's "Public Enemy No. 1" along with him). Though London never reached the heights of Mötley Crüe or followers Poison, Grey and crew enjoyed a healthy share of good times (as evidenced in The Decline of Western Civilization 2: the Metal Years). At the close of the decade, drummer Tim Jay joined Grey for a project called Ultra Pop, but the duo decided that moniker was too timid and devised a new band called Spiders & Snakes (lineage to the Jim Stafford standard undetermined). With a strong regional following as always, Spiders & Snakes spit in the face of the emerging grunge movement and released five documents of life on the wild side. When the dark label Cleopatra exploited the connection between glam and goth, the Spiders & Snakes version of "Public Enemy No. 1" ironically landed on the Mötley Crüe tribute Shout at the Remix. The label also backed the fifth Spiders & Snakes record, London Daze, a précis of Grey's storied history. However, momentum slowed considerably when bassist Leigh Lawson died, forcing the band to cancel its vital London Daze tour. ~ Doug Stone