Formed in the summer of 1985, the Nails started out with Gra on bass, Toby on drums, Tony on vocals an Humungus on vocals and guitar. The band played about 10 shows before being offered a gig at the notorious Klubfoot, and then by releasing two tracks on the infamous Stompin’ at the Klubfoot series of albums. This resulted in Toby joining the Meteors on drums. His replacement in the Coffin Nails was Dave Ward. The next loss to the band came when Tony announced he was moving to the North of England. Drummer Dave stepped in and took over as singer, while Smurf replaced him on drums. Now the line up was stronger than ever! February 1988 Dave Ward left the band singer-less. That was until Humungus found that his vocal talents and stage presence made him the ideal front-man for the band.
1989 Gra left the band. A replacement was found in the form of Scott ‘Mad Man’ Milsom. This gave the band a new lease of life and a totally new sound.