Slander was formed in 1990, following a last minute request from the Blackpool Gazette to make up the numbers for a local Rock Battle. Andy Saxon - Lamb and Steve Slater were given 24 hours notice to recruit musicians and rehearse their set. After rehearsing through most of the previous night, they hammered out a thirty minute set to an unsuspecting crowd. From the positive audience reaction it was clear that their brand of heavy metal was a winning formula. In late 1990 Slander’s "Fighting Talk" appeared on Radio 1’s Friday Rock Show’s "Rock Wars".