Paul McIlwaine (vocals and lead guitar), and Ingram switched to bass. Prior to this, Gourley and Ingram competed to play the dumbest one-note lead solos they could, which they thought was acceptable in the era of the Ramones. Actually, before he had been allowed to join the band McMordie had to make Ingram a tape of the Ramones LP, which he’d, bought on import before its UK release so that the band could learn it in its entirety!
The band took the name The Detonators shortly after McIlwaine’s arrival. Their first rehearsal was on Jubilee Day '77, and they play whenever and wherever they could after that. A little known Detonators' fact is that the band were 'sign to the Good Vibes label and Terri Hooley booked them into Wizard Studios for a six hour session, session was a disaster for the band, as the bloke who ran the studio was unavailable and his pal who normally looked after the Wizard clothes was left in charge; he didn't seem to have a clue what he was doing, so The Detonators left without recording anything and the Good Vibes with nothing to release.
A week later they' travelled to Belfast’s Hydepark Studios and recorded the tracks Crusin and Light at Your Window for George Doherty’s Rip-Off label, and these were included compilation album Belfast Rock Detonators took part in a big 'Battle of the Bands Concert at Belfast’s McMordie Hall QUB along with the Undertones, Rudi and the Outcasts.