Gerry Laffy (born 4 January 1960 in Hoxton, London) is a singer and guitarist who has played in the bands Girl, London Cowboys, Sheer Greed, John Taylor, and Ultravox among others. Girl are still cited as an influence by many major artists 35+ years later, even though they disbanded after only three short years, allegedly due to their record company and mismanagement.
In total Gerry Laffy has released 30 albums; he has played in venues as diverse as Wembley Arena, Taipei Hard Rock Cafe, the Reading Festival and the now infamous Girl three-night residency at the former Marquee Club in Wardour Sreet and just about every club on the infamous Sunset Strip. Girl were first discovered by promoter Jon Lindsay, a partner of the legendary manager of The Who, Kit Lambert. Lambert and Lindsay were seeking out bands to sign to Lambert's new record company during the fledgling Nu Romantics era. The band were first introduced to music publisher Simon Napier-Bell of Nomis but eventually signed a recording deal with Jet Records.
Gerry has been offered gigs with many bands but declined them all due to his other commitments in his multi-faceted career. He owns the label Die Laughing Records and all his own released material. The Girl catalogue is owned by Sanctuary Music/Universal under licence to Rock Candy Records.
In 1978, Laffy was a founding member of the band Girl with Philip Lewis. The band recorded three albums and put out two (Sheer Greed 1980 and Wasted Youth 1982) they split up in December 1982. Killing Time was finally released in 1998, and three live albums and an anthology were released subsequently.
After Girl disintegrated, Laffy joined London Cowboys, (with former members of The Idols, Sex Pistols and New York Dolls), which released two albums in 1985.
In 1986 he played guitar on demos of Duran Duran's 'Notorious' album.
In 1990, Laffy founded Die Laughing Records and released his debut solo album Money & the Magic. The song "Shoot 'Em Down" from this album was included on the European soundtrack to the film Highlander II: The Quickening.
Laffy formed a band Sheer Greed with some of Girl's alumni, which put out two albums in 1992 and 1993.In 1994 Gerry Laffy/Simon Laffy released an album called Lying With Angels on which they alternately write & take lead roles. Also in 1994 Gerry made a guest guitar appearance and co-wrote a track on the 1994 Ultravox album 'Revelation'.
From mid-1997 to mid-2000, Laffy was lead guitarist in Terroristen, John Taylor's band while on hiatus from Duran Duran. Terroristen recorded constantly and gigged all over the United States and Japan, also traveling to Taiwan and Germany.
In 2001, he released a second solo album All Day Long.
In 2005, Gerry was a guest vocalist with ex-Freddie Mercury guitarist Chris Chesney on his album Diabolical Liberties.
In 2007, a third solo album - The Icebox Studio Sessions was released. Self performed, written and produced.
In July 2009 Girl were approached to reform for a 30th Anniversary tour of Japan & UK in 2010. It is yet to be confirmed.
In 2013, after a brush with death after contracting septicaemia Gerry dusted off his Fostex MR16 to record again for the first time since 2007. In the early spring he wrote, produced and performed all instruments on 'Just A Little Blurred' (with a guest Craig Bundy on bass on a reworking of the Girl classic 'My Number') this was released in March. After being hospitalised twice that year Laffy pulled through with such conviction that he even found room to make a second album in the same year. 'Wrecked But Not Crushed' was entirely made by Laffy alone. It was released in September 2013. Both released on Die Laughing Records.
In July 2016 Rock Candy Records re-released the first 2 Girl albums ‘Sheer Greed’ 1980 and ‘Wasted Youth’ 1982. These 2 albums entered the Japanese International import chart at No.7 & 8 respectively proving that even after 35 years and various friendship desolved that this little band Girl (Spring 1979 - Dec 1982) still has a legacy intact.
Discography1980 - Girl: Sheer Greed
1982 - Girl: Wasted Youth
1998 - Girl: Killing Time
1999 - Girl: Live at the Marquee
1999 - Girl: Live in Osaka, Japan
2002 - Girl: My Number: The Anthology
1985 - London Cowboys: Dance Crazy
1985 - London Cowboys: Live at The Milkweg
1990 - Gerry Laffy: Money & The Magic
1990 - Highlander II European Soundtrack
1992 - Sheer Greed: Sublime to the Ridiculous
1993 - Sheer Greed: Live in London
1994 - G & S Laffy: Lying With Angels
1994 - Ultravox: Revelation
1997 - John Taylor, Feelings Are Good
1998 - John Taylor Terroristen, 5.30.98
1998 - Roxy Music Tribute Album
1999 - John Taylor, Meltdown (1992)
1999 - John Taylor, Juicy Jeans Promo
1999 - John Taylor, The Japan Album
2000 - John Taylor, Japanese
2000 - John Taylor, Live Cuts
2001 - John Taylor, Techno For Two
2001 - Gerry Laffy: All Day Long
2005 - Chris Chesney & Gerry Laffy - Diabolical Liberties
2006 - Girl - The Rare DVD Collection
2007 - Gerry Laffy - The Icebox Studio
2013 - Gerry Laffy - Just A Little Blurred
2013 - Gerry Laffy - Wrecked But Not Crushed
2013 - Girl - Live at the Greyhound 1982
2013 - Girl - Live at The Paris Theater 1980
2016 - Girl: Sheer Greed - Rock Candy Records re-release
2016 - Girl: Wasted Youth - Rock Candy Records re-release