On April 12, 1977 The Boys released their debut single, "I Don't Care". Members of The Boys included Matt Dangerfield and Casino Steel, both members of London SS with The Clash's Mick Jones. The Boys made their live debut at London’s Hope and Anchor in October 1976. Mick Jones, Billy Idol, Joe Strummer, Tony James and Gene October were in attendance for The Boys first performance. A mere handful of gigs later, they became the first UK punk band to sign an album deal when NEMS Records snapped them up in January 1977. At the time they were the only UK punk band to have a record deal. The Boys toured with John Cale in support of the single, a brash blast of punk highlighted by a call and response. The debut album came out in September and is considered one of the most melodic of 1977's punk debuts.