Thursday, 19 December 2013

The Best of Brought To Life - 030

1. THE NOTSENSIBLES - 'Instant Classic' - Bent LP - UK - 1980
And indeed it is! From the first version of the album. Check out their website here.
2. STILL LITTLE FINGERS - 'Suspect Device' - Rigid Digits 7" - UK - 1978
So this is where it all started. Demand meant they could hardly keep up with repressing it until Rough Trade finally took over.
3. BOHEMIA - 'Unconventional Boy' - VU 7"- USA - 1980
From a marvellous 3-tracker. Catchy as fuck. Not sure if there's a picture sleeve available - mine didn't have one.
4. THE SOFT BOYS - 'I Wanna Destroy You' - Armageddon LP - UK - 1980
From their 3rd LP, generally accepted as their best, but 'most commercial' doesn't always mean best. 'A pox upon the media and everything you read' is a good line though.
5. THE MISFITS - 'Last Caress' - Plan 9 12" - USA - 1980
From the 'Beware' 12" - originally planned to promote their 1979 UK tour but it didn't see the light of day until well after. It's a compilation of the 'Bullet' and 'Horrror Business' E.P.s except 'Children In Heat' was replaced by this, one of their most offensive tracks. Killing babies and raping mothers never goes down well.
6. CRUELLA DE VILLE - 'Drunken Uncle John' - Good Vibrations 7" - UK - 1982
Sounds American. Actually, sounds like Bananarama on crystal meth! Excellent single. B-side later.
7. THE DIAGRAM BROTHERS - 'I'm A Policeman' - New Hormones LP - UK - 1981
From their sole LP, 'Some Marvels Of Modern Science'. A little left-field but all the better for it.
8. U.K. SUBS - 'C.I.D.' - City 7" - UK - 1978
Debut single from the band who's ambition was to release an album beginning with every letter of the alphabet. Only 2 to go. Here's a live version from 'Punk Can Take It'.
9. PATHETIX - 'Nil Carboredum' - TJM 7" - UK - 1979
From their second E.P. 'Love In Decay'. What riffage. 'Don't let the bastards grind you down!'
10. THE LILLETTES - Hey Operator' - Attrix LP - UK - 1979
From 'Vaultage 1979' - a Brighton sampler LP. The Lillettes were one of the high points of an otherwise patchy LP.
11. STILL LITTLE FINGERS - 'Alternative Ulster' - Rough Trade/Rigid Digits 7" - UK - 1978
Every bit as good as the first single. This has one of those guitar intros that every punk rocker with a guitar could pick up right away.
12. THE MISFITS - 'Angelfuck' - Demo - USA - 1978
Like 'Last Caress', originally from the 'Static Age' demos which were finally released officially in 1997.
13. THE SOFT BOYS - 'The Queen Of Eyes' - Armageddon LP - UK - 1980
Another from 'Underwater Moonlight'.
14. CRUELLA DE VILLE - 'Those Two Dreadful Children' - Good Vibrations 7" - UK - 1982
The B-side of 'Drunken Uncle John'.
15. THE NOTSENSIBLES - 'I Don't Wanna Work Anymore' - Bent LP - UK - 1980
Another from the first version of 'Instant Classic'. Inexplicably, this, the best track, didn't make it to the second version.
16. BOHEMIA - 'American Life' - VU 7"- USA - 1980
Another classic from their first 3-tracker. If anyone would like to rip or trade their 'Deviations' LP then that would be very nice, thank you.
17. WOODY & THE SPLINTERS - 'I Must Be Mad' - Attrix LP - UK - 1979
Another from 'Vaultage 1979.'
18. STILL LITTLE FINGERS - '78 R.P.M.' - Rough Trade/Rigid Digits 7" - UK - 1978
The B-side of 'Alternative Ulster'.
19. THE MISFITS - 'She' - Demo - USA - 1978
Another from the 'Static Age' demos.
20. THE DOTS - 'Helen In Your Headphones' - EMI 7" - UK - 1982
I think it was their only release, but I know nothing else about them I'm afraid. Still, there's a video here.
21. THE SOFT BOYS - 'Sandra's Having Her Brain Out' - Two Crabs Universal LP - UK - 1979
One from their first album. A bit psychedelic but what the fuck. 'You don't really need a brain, ducky, if you're a girl it's like tonsils, they're more trouble than they're worth'. Discuss.
22. THE INNOCENT - 'Got It In The Bag' - Silent W. Productions - Canada - 1980
From their sole release, a 4-track 7". Does the intro sound a bit too fast to you?
23. THE SKINNIES - 'Does She Or Doesn't She?' - Demo - USA - 1979
This is a raw mix of a track put forward for the 'N.O. Experience Necessary' album.
24. THE MISFITS - 'Hybrid Moments' - Demo - USA - 1978
Yet another from the 'Static Age' demos. 'If you're gonna scream, scream with me, moments like this never last'.
25. STILL LITTLE FINGERS - 'Gotta Get Away' - Rough Trade/Rigid Digits 7" - UK - 1979
Their 3rd single, and another belter.
26. THE NOTSENSIBLES - 'King Arthur'
27. THE SOFT BOYS - 'Leppo And The Jooves'
28. THE MISFITS - 'Return Of The Fly'
30. STIFF LITTLE FINGERS - 'You Can't Say Crap On The Radio'

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The Best of Brought To Life - 029

1. FORGOTTEN REBELS - 'Hello Hello I'm Back Again' - Star LP - Canada - 1982
Well, we aren't allowed to listen to the original for political correctness and good taste reasons so the next best thing is to give you the Forgotten Rebels. This is the lead-in track from 'This Aint Hollywood'.
2. ULTRAVOX - 'Rockwrok' - Island LP - UK - 1977
From the second LP 'Ha! Ha! Ha!' There was also a 7" with a shortened version. By the way, anyone who prefers Ultravox with Midge Ure over John Foxx really shouldn't be reading this blog.
3. THE CARPETTES - 'I Don't Mean It' - Beggars Banquet 7" - UK - 1979
The best track taken from the 'Frustration Paradise' LP. Powerpop has rarely been better than this.
4. HUBBLE BUBBLE - 'I Don't Mind' - Sinus LP - Belgium - 1979
From the 2nd LP 'Faking'. Just listen to that crazy lead guitar!
5. JOHNNY MOPED - 'V.D. Boiler' - Chiswick LP - UK - 1978
One of the better tracks on the 'Cycledelic' LP. As horrendous as 'she' sounded, poor Johnny still slipped her one. The '70s were ugly times.
6. THE ADICTS - 'This Is Your Life' - Demo - UK - 1978
From the first demo, available on the LP of the same name.
7. THE SYSTEM - 'Thought Control' - Demo - UK - 1982
Their demos were generally better than their vinyl. This was finally released due to popular demand in 1997.
8. THE HYPNOTICS - 'Weird People' - Enigma LP - USA - 1982
Lead track from the 'Indoor Fiends' LP. A much underrated L.A. band.
9. ELTON MOTELLO - 'Victim Of Time' - RKM LP - Belgium - 1987
Lead in track from the first of two decent albums. Released in a number of different countries on a number of different labels. World domination, sadly, did not ensue.
10. THE OUTCASTS - 'Magnum Force' - GBH 7" - UK - 1981
Two epic sagas of gangland violence and retribution on this superior single.
11. THE NIPPLE ERECTORS - 'So Pissed Off' - Demo - 1978
Recorded at the same time as the 'King Of The Bop' single. This might have been the single if it wasn't for the swearing. Available on 'Bops, Babes, Booze 'n' Bovver'.
12. FORGOTTEN REBELS - 'The Me Generation' - Star LP - Canada - 1982
Another from 'This Aint Hollywood'.
13. HUBBLE BUBBLE - 'Faking' - Sinus LP - Belgium - 1979
The title track of the 2nd LP.
14. THE MOONDOGS - 'Schoolgirl Crush' - Ariola LP - UK - 1981
From the sole LP 'That's What Friends Are For'. Glorious powerpop throughout. 'It's not a crush no more, you call it mania'.
15. THE OUTCASTS - 'Mania' - Outcasts Only 7" - UK - 1981
From the 'Programme Love' E.P. Did you see the clever link from the last track?
16. THE ADICTS - 'Numbers' - Peel Session - UK - 1979
Forget all the '80s stuff, this was the golden age for the Adicts . . . Harsh Reality fanzine and all that.
17. ULTRAVOX - 'Young Savage' - Island 7" - UK - 1977
This second 7" shocked a few people after their ambient debut 'Dangerous Rhythm', but, hey, punk rock was permeating everywhere in '77.
18. JOHNNY MOPED - 'Panic Button' - Chiswick LP - UK - 1978
Another chaotic masterpiece from 'Cycledelic'.
19. THE SYSTEM - 'Repetition' - Demo - UK - 1982
Had this on tape for many a year without any titles. When it was finally released I realised that I'd never gotten close to the correct title.
20. THE BONGOS - 'In The Congo' - Fetish 7" - UK - 1981
British label but actually an American band, from Hoboken, Joisey. The Plugz might have sounded like this if they hadn't been Mexican.
21. G.G. ALLIN - 'I Need Adventure' - Orange LP - USA - 1980
From his first album: 'Always Was, Is, And Shall Be'. You can put your own ending to that little quote. This was before his own brand of madness became so destructive.
22. HUBBLE BUBBLE - 'Motor Boat' - Sinus LP - Belgium - 1979
Another track from the 2nd LP
23. THE HYPNOTICS - 'The Truth' - Enigma LP - USA - 1982
Another from 'Indoor Fiends'.
24. THE LOOTERS - 'Join The Professionals' - Demo - 1982
From the soundtrack to the film 'Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains'. The Looters were Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Paul Simonon and Ray Winstone. Yes, you heard right, Ray Winstone. It's a dated but worthy film with all sorts of interesting cameos, including Black Randy. 
25. THE ADICTS - 'Get Adicted' - Peel Session - UK - 1979
And finally, another from their classic Peel session.
26. ED GEIN'S CAR - 'R.A.P.E.'
27. FORGOTTEN REBELS - 'Eve Of Destruction'
28. THE SYSTEM - 'Dogs Of War'
29. THE HYPNOTICS - 'Doomed'
30. ED GEIN'S CAR - 'Progress'

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The Best of Brought To Life - 028

1. RED KROSS - 'Linda Blair' - Smoke 7 LP - USA - 1982
The lead-in track to their great trashy first LP. 'You were born innocent girl, and that ain't all, you got it for the first time baby, in a shower stall.' Poor Linda. Good job there weren't many listening.
2. (IMPATIENT) YOUTH - 'In Your Back Yard' - Demo - USA - 1980
From a great retrospective compilation 'Don't Listen' on Lost and Found records. More info here.
3. HUBBLE BUBBLE -'Little Jeannie' - Sinus LP - Belgium - 1978
Howsabout this for a bit of punk rock craziness. Hard to believe the band included Plastic Bertrand. From the first LP.
4. THE TRAGICS - 'Mommi I'm A Misfit' - Black & White - USA - 1981
From a 4-tracker from Albany, New York. For some reason they originally called themselves the Misfits but by the time the sleeves were printed up Danzig had gotten wind of it and they were forced to change their name to the Tragics and amend the sleeve accordingly.
5. BIG BALLS & THE GREAT WHITE IDIOT - 'Rock'n'Roll Madness' - Nova LP - Germany - 1977
From Hamburg. So what if they looked like gay bikers? They made a couple of cool LPs, this being from the first.
6. CYANIDE - 'No Progress' - Pye LP - UK - 1978
Cyanide however only made one distinctly average LP. This is probably the best track on it.
7. NO DIRECTION - 'Tear Gas Justice' - No Direction LP - USA - 1983
From their first (best) album. I'm reliably informed they were from a one-horse town in South Dakota.
8. THE WALL - 'Ghetto' - Fresh 7" - UK - 1980
'Ghetto, barbed wire ghetto!' After touring with Stiff Little Fingers maybe this was inspired by them. Or maybe not.
9. IMPATIENT YOUTH - 'The Workbell's Ring' - Demo - USA - 1980
Another goodie from 'Don't Listen'.
10. STRASSENJUNGS - Spießer' - Tritt LP - Germany - 1979
From the second LP 'Wir Ham Ne Party' and it does have that party feel too it. Absolute classic album sleeve.
11. MISSION OF BURMA - 'Academy Fight Song' - Ace Of Hearts 7" - USA - 1980
Strange story. I got this back in the day from Zed records because of the sound of the name and the look of the sleeve. On first listen I was slightly disappointed that it was bordering on college rock, but it was definitely a grower, and imagine my surprise to find out later that this radio-friendly track was quite an anomaly and Burma were actually much more interesting and original than that. The B-side 'Max Ernst' should have told me this from the start.
12. BIG BALLS & THE GREAT WHITE IDIOT - 'Hey Dr. Frey' - Nova LP - Germany - 1977
Another jaunty little number from the first album. If you understand German, watch this. If you don't, watch it anyway as there's some live stuff at the end.
13. RED KROSS - 'White Trash' - Smoke 7 LP - USA - 1982
Another from 'Born Innocent'.
14. THE FRESHIES - 'I'm In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk' - Razz 7" - UK - 1980
Well, the title was a mouthful and the pressing quality wasn't the best, but when MCA picked it up for a re-release they were forced to change the vocal track to remove the Virgin reference. Why it would be an issue with such an inoffensive pop song, who knows?
15. (IMPATIENT) YOUTH - 'Rat Pack' - Demo - USA - 1980
And another goodie from 'Don't Listen'.
16. ISM - 'Herpes Simplex II' - S.I.N. LP - USA - 1983
From their only full length album: 'A Diet For The Worms'. The shock sleeve pic of 'the majesty of birth' is actually a clever play on the title.
17. BLACK RANDY & METROSQUAD - 'San Francisco' - Dangerhouse LP - USA - 1979
So, Black Randy was musically, ahem, limited, but with an album titled 'Pass The Dust, I Think I'm Bowie' I simply had to include at least one track.
18. BIG BALLS & THE GREAT WHITE IDIOT - 'Aint Impressed' - Strand LP - Germany - 1978
From the second LP 'Foolish Guys'. The musical leap forward on this platter is almost noticeable.
19. HUBBLE BUBBLE - 'Pogo Pogo' - Sinus LP - Belgium - 1978
Ah, the Plastic Bertrand thing now becomes more apparent . . .
20. THE REACTORS - 'Bite The Hand' - Nuclear Waste LP - USA - 1980
The lead-in track from their only LP. Artifix were supposed to be releasing a CD of all their stuff. Is it out yet?
21. MISSION OF BURMA - 'That's How I Escaped My Certain Fate' - Ace Of Hearts LP - USA - 1982
Final blazing track from their interesting debut full-length 'Vs.'
22. (IMPATIENT) YOUTH - 'The Same' - Demo - USA - 1980
From 'Don't Listen' again.
23. BIG BALLS & THE GREAT WHITE IDIOT - 'Linda' - Strand LP - Germany - 1978
Another from 'Foolish Guys'. Linda sounds like quite a piece of work.
24. RED KROSS - 'Notes And Chords Don't Mean A Thing' - Smoke 7 LP - USA - 1982
Another goodie from 'Born Innocent'.
25. THE FRESHIES - 'Children Of The World' - Razz 7" - UK - 1979
If their last one didn't have a long enough title, this 7" (that preceded it) was from an E.P. called: 'The Men From Banana Island Who's Stupid Ideas Never Caught On In The Western World As We Know It.'
26. IMPATIENT YOUTH - 'Just Another Joe'
28. NEON - 'Hanging Off An O'
29. IMPATIENT YOUTH - 'Yankee Go Home'
30. THE FRESHIES - 'Wrap Up The Rockets’/‘It's Gonna Get Better'

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Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Best of Brought To Life - 027

1. ONE WAY SUBWAY - 'Jesus Loves Me' - No Fun 7" - Holland - 1978
So, we start to the dulcet tones of Jesus Christ Superstar before these Dutch boys tell us how much they've rejected him. They cared enough to write a song about him though. 
2. MAGAZINE - 'Rhythm Of Cruelty' - Virgin 7" - UK - 1979
This must have been, what, their 4th single? I much prefer their singles to the morbid introspectiveness of most of their album output. Nevertheless, this should have been a hit. Now brush up on your Spanish.
3. THE OUTSIDERS - 'Vital Hours' - Raw Edge LP - UK - 1978
The blazing opening track from the 2nd LP - 'Close Up'. Also available on a 'Best Of' CD called 'Vital Years'.
4. POP RIVETS - 'Fun In The UK' - Hipocrite LP - UK - 1979
The opening track from their 'Greatest Hits' LP which, hilariously, was their first record.
5. VITAMINE - 'Annie Tendresse' - Barclay 7" - France - 1980
Superior French pop-punk, recorded in London.
6. SUBHUMANS - 'Death Was Too Kind' - Quintessence 12" - Canada - 1979
From their second release, a great 4-track 12". Everyone loves 'Slave To My Dick', and though it's good, I doubt it'll make this compilation.
7. LOCAL OPERATOR - 'Pressure Zone' - Virgin 7" - Denmark - 1979
Now for a bit of ska-influence. This Danish lot were fronted by Jo Broadbery who make quite a few catchy records until his untimely death in 1987.
8. STARSHOOTER - 'Get Baque' - Pathé 7" - France - 1978
Cover version time. Nothing quite like a French Beatles knees-up. 
9. RESTRICTED HOURS - 'Getting Things Done' - RAR 7" - UK - 1979
This was actually The Astronauts under an assumed name. From a split E.P with The Syndicate. Strange but compelling.
10. MAJOR ACCIDENT - 'Mr Nobody' - Step Forward 7" - UK - 1983
From the murder capital of the North East. Very apt that they adopted Clockwork Orange imagery. Good band though. This was their second single.
11. THE PLUGZ - 'El Clavo Y La Cruz' - Fatima LP - USA - 1981
Fantastic track from their 2nd LP 'Better Luck' which was more polished than 'Electrify Me' but it did have the better tunes.
12. POP RIVETS - Hipocrite' - Hipocrite LP - UK - 1979
Another wonderfully lo-fi D.I.Y. classic from the 'Greatest Hits' LP.
13. POLITBURO - 'How To Disconnect Your Mind . . .' - Arabella 7" - France - 1981
Weird French ska-tinged madness that you can't help but love. It has screams, barks, the lot!
14. SMIERC KLINICZNA - 'Sahara' - Tonpress 7" - Poland - 1984
No idea what this is all about but it's jaunty Polish indie and pretty enjoyable. There was a lot of it around at the time. My Polish pals loved to trade records as there was no other way they could afford imports with the Polish economy the way it was.
15. THE MUTANTS - 'Love Song' - Demo - USA - 1980
You can find this on the CD version of 'Fun Terminal' released on White Noise over a decade ago. The album itself is an understated grower. This should have been on it.
16. STARSHOOTER - 'A Toute Bombe' - Pathé Marconi EMI LP - France - 1978
From their first LP 'Starshooter', which proved that they could write their own songs too.
17. MAJOR ACCIDENT - 'Leaders Of Tomorrow' - Flicknife 7" - UK - 1983
Their gloriously hopeful 4th single. I remember shouting along to this at gigs, and even though the dream wasn't realised the hope it gave kept many of us fighting.
18. POP RIVETS - '(I'm Just A) Satellite (For Your Love)' - Hipocrite LP - UK - 1979
From their 2nd LP - 'Empty Sound From Anarchy Ranch' - which would have been great except for the dodgy live section in the middle.
19. SUBHUMANS - 'Fuck You' - Quintessence 12" - Canada - 1979
Another from the 4-track 12" E.P.
20. THE OUTSIDERS - 'Fixed Up' - Raw Edge LP - UK - 1978
Another track from the 'Close Up' LP
21. MAGAZINE - 'My Mind Aint So Open' - Virgin 7" - UK - 1978
The B-side of debut 7" 'Shot By Both Sides'. 'But why not give us the A-side' you ask? Oh alright then - sound and visuals here.
22. MUSCLE BEACH - 'Let's Get Dumb' - Dumb 7" - USA - 1980
Sole release from this Milwaukee combo. I know nothing more about them, but what a great song with some excellent guitar-work.
23. LOCAL OPERATOR - 'The Untouchables' - Virgin 7" - Denmark - 1979
The B-side of 'Pressure Zone'.
24. GUILTY RAZORS - 'Wake Up' - Demo - France - 1979
From the unreleased LP which was finally bashed out by Seventeen records a few years ago. Is it possible to have too much fuzz on a guitar? Of course not!
25. POP RIVETS - 'Anarchy Ranch' - Hipocrite LP - UK - 1979
The title track from the second LP. Cowboy chaos abound!
26. THE OUTSIDERS - 'Calling On Youth'
27. MAGAZINE - 'Shot By Both Sides'
28. THE SUBHUMANS - 'Firing Squad'
29. THE POP RIVETS - 'Hang Loose Mongoose'

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Friday, 6 December 2013

The Best of Brought To Life - 026

1. RHYTHM PIGS - 'I Can Fly' - Unclean 7" - USA - 1984
From their 6-song debut E.P. 'An American Activity'. It's a varied little blighter with speed, tunes, rhythm and an identity that set it apart from a lot of generic mulch being churned out at the time.
2. FUNBOY FIVE - 'Compulsive Eater' - Cool Cat Daddy-O 7" - UK - 1980
The superior B-side of 'Life After Death'. The song appears to be about some guy who ate his way out of prison. Mind boggling stuff indeed. Lovely minimal D.I.Y. sleeve though.
3. MODERN MAN - 'All The Little Idiots' - MAM 7" - UK - 1980
New Wavey band who toured with Ultravox and released an album along with a handful of singles. This, their finest moment, was also released in Australia.
4. REVILLOS - 'Where's The Boy For Me?' - Dindisc 7" - UK - 1979
Well, there was always a '60s influence in the Rezillos but when Faye and Eugene split off and formed the Revillos (the name being a clever contractual dodge) this first single was literally drenched in '60s nostalgia. I wasn't 100% sure on first hearing until the guitar solo kicked in and that won me over. Ropey YouTube video here.
5. PVC - 'Waves' - RCA LP - Germany - 1982
From their first album (the one with the black sleeve). These early Berlin punks were pretty cerebral, this song telling us how the universe and everything in it consists of waves. Heavy man.
6. PANIC - 'Thirteen' - Universe Productions LP - Netherlands - 1978
From their sole release. No, scratch that, there was also a single released in 1980, sung in Dutch. And yes, it's about underage sex. At the end of 1978 a Rock Against Racism festival was organised at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Crass played there among others. The lead singer of Panic came on stage wearing a 'Sinterklaas' outfit (Duch equivalent of Santa Claus). Underneath his rope he had a firework which he let off at the start of their set. Unfortunately it caused him second degree chest-burns which was cooled by the crowd with Heineken lager. There's a Christmas story for ya!
7. THE FLYS - 'EC4' - EMI 7" - UK - 1978
The superior B-side of 'Fun City' (video proof here) which is all about media manipulation. EC4 is an area of Central London which contains Fleet Street among other things. So there you go.
8. KJØTT - 'Nei Nei Nei' - Fleske-Skiver 7" - Norway - 1980
From their 4-track debut 7". So talented were this band that even the drummer, Michael Krohn, would post-Kjøtt become the lead singer in Raga Rockers, one of Norway's biggest rock bands of the 1980's and beyond. He's also released a number of solo albums.
9. THE SPYS - 'I Wanna Be Like You' - Demo - Canada - 1980
Only released one single ('Underground'/'Machine Shop') but, thankfully, Incognito released this on a retrospective collection in 2001.
10. ERAZERHEAD - 'Teenager In Love' - Peel Session - UK - 1982
Time for a cover version. Not the most original or unique choice but it's good to hear Erazerhead rattle through it with abandon.
11. SOCIAL SECURITY - 'Stella's Got A Fella' - Heartbeat 7" - UK - 1978
My favourite track about unrequited love from their sole E.P. You can however buy some other tracks in mp3 form from Bristol Archives.
12. ANARCHY - 'Not Satisfied' - Invitation 7" - Japan - 1980
I know little about this Japanese band but there's a must see video on YouTube here.
13. THE COLD - 'You' - Top Pop 7" - USA - 1980
And 'Top Pop' it is! This was the first of a number of releases, all of which are worth checking out.
14. KJØTT - 'Primitiv' - Flesh 12" - Norway - 1980
Hot on the heels of their debut 7" was this 7 track 12" E.P. Can you hear how quickly they were progressing?
15. REVILLOS - 'Motorbike Beat' - Dindisc 7" - UK - 1980
So impressed was I with this second Revillos single that I bunked off school to go and see them at a record signing at Stockton HMV. Nice folks. And before you ask, the autographed vinyl was sold on e-bay a long time ago.
16. ERAZERHEAD - 'Martian Girl' - Peel Session - UK - 1982
Well, since I included 'Teenager In Love' I'll have to include this from the same session, as it's better. Hardly any lyrics but what the fuck.
17. THE DISTRACTIONS - 'Paracetamol Paralysis' - Island 7" - UK - 1980
From 'Nobody's Perfect' - their sole LP. A rare upbeat number. Fairly 'tinny' sounding but the song quality makes up for it.
18. THE MONOCHROME SET - 'Flesh/Trash/Heat' - Demo - UK - 1978
Available on the 'Black And White Minstrels' CD. The Monochrome Set . . . Black and white . . . geddit?
19. RHYTHM PIGS - 'Radio Silence' - Unclean 7" - USA - 1984
Another from 'An American Activity'. It was hard to choose between all those great cuts on this disc.
20. THE RIVALS - 'Skateboarding In The UK' - Sound On Sound 7" - UK - 1978
Apologies for the sound but it's the best rip I have. So innocent, such fun! Their sole release - not issued with a picture sleeve.
21. CHUZPE - 'Chinese Chive' - GiG 7" - Austria - 1981
B-side of the 3rd single 'Charlie Chan' which aint half as good. Does this qualify as 'Oi?' (Check the end of the first chorus).
22. TRASTE & SUPERSTARARNA - 'Pengar' - Mesrock 7" - Sweden - 1979
Their first single. Every single one of 'em wears sunglasses on the sleeve. How much sun does Sweden get? I guess it reflects off all the snow, huh?
23. NO FUN - 'Fall For A Cliche' - Werewolf T-shirts 7" - Canada - 1978
From a 6-track 33 1/3 rpm E.P. Pretty much overlooked because of the variety of musical styles on the record but I've always liked this track, despite the rock guitar in the latter half.
24. THE FUN 4 - 'Singing In The Showers' - NMC 7" - UK - 1979
From Glasgow. A nice little twisted holocaust ditty. Their sole release, though the drummer did go on to play for Orange Juice.
25. THE PROFESSIONALS - '1-2-3' - Virgin 7" - UK - 1980
With Steve Jones and Paul Cook. Their second single. Disbanded after a serious car crash. They'd just released their second album called 'I Didn't See It Coming'. Video here.
26. THE RHYTHM PIGS - 'Military Fairy'
27. THE COLD - 'Three Chord City'
28. PVC - 'Telephones'
29. THE MONOCHROME SET - 'He's Frank (Slight Return)'
30. MODERN MAN - 'Good Time Ideology'
31. SOCIAL TASK - 'Self-Inflicted'
32. THE RHYTHM PIGS - 'Get It Now'

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Saturday, 30 November 2013

The Best of Brought To Life - 025

1. THE LEWD - 'American Wino' - ICI LP - USA - 1982
The lead track from one of my favourite albums. Re-released on the excellent CD 'Kill Yourself . . . Again' on Chuckie Boy. Here's an interesting and informative interview with the band.
2. CHANNEL 3 - 'I've Got A Gun' - Posh Boy 12" - USA - 1981
The lead track from the seminal 'CH3' E.P.  It was re-released as a 7" in the UK on No Future with fewer tracks but the 12" sounds much much better.
3. M.I.A. - 'Tell Me Why?' - Smoke 7 LP - USA - 1982
Another lead track, this time taken from the 'Last Rites For Genocide and M.I.A.' split LP. M.I.A. were the better band for me and went on to release a few decent albums after this including the well-known 'Murder In A Foreign Place'.
4. CHILD MOLESTERS - 'Brenda Spencer' - Demo - USA - 1979
From the 'Legendary Brown Album' which was supposedly lost, then found and finally released in the '90s when it was issued by Sympathy For The Record Industry. This was their take on the Cleveland Elementary School shooting which gave the Boomtown Rats their second No.1 hit. Sadly, it was never likely to happen for the Child Molesters who proclaimed 'Got no friends, not a one, but you know how to handle a gun, target practice, hey that might be fun, moving targets, pick 'em off!'
5. RF7 - 'Revolutionary Worker' - Smoke 7 12" - USA - 1982
From the mighty 'Fall In' 12" E.P. After a 7" and an album which probably had too many songs and a weak production, they drafted in Geza X who managed a crisp and yet hard sound while keeping to the 8 songs that counted. Another track later, no doubt.
6. BLACK FLAG - 'Jealous Again' - SST 12" - USA - 1980
At just over 6 minutes long it could have easily been a 7", nevertheless, the 12" vinyl sure sounds good. Ron Reyes did the vocals but he'd bailed out by the time it was released so as a parting shot the remaining Flaggers used the name Chavo Pederast on the sleeve which is non-standard Spanish for pedophile.
7. CINECYDE - 'Don't Come Crying To Me' - Tremor LP - USA - 1982
From Detroit. This is the lead track from their excellent first LP. Now will someone please trade me the mp3s of the second one 'Who Goes There?' which I still haven't heard!
8. T.S.O.L. - 'Superficial Love' - Posh Boy 12" - USA - 1981
True Sounds Of Liberty from Huntington Beach, California. This stomping 6-song debut was by far their most consistent. Afterwards they slowed right down into gothic territory and then fluttered in and out of existence for decades afterwards without ever matching the glory of this disc.
9. BATTALION OF SAINTS - 'I'm Gonna Make You Scream' - Nutrons 12" - USA - 1982
Another one about the Hillside Strangler. This was the lead track from their first release, the 'Fighting Boys' 12" E.P. They came from San Diego.
10. THE VANDALS - 'Urban Struggle' - Epitaph 12" - USA - 1982
Though not the best musically at least the Vandals had humour. There was plenty on show on this track, from the theme from 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' at the start to the 'I couldn't make it as a punker' run-out at the end. All in all, hilarious. Here's some faux punk footage that sort of fits with the song.
11. THE LEWD - 'I'm Not Pretty' - ICI LP - USA - 1982
Another from 'American Wino'. 'You'll never get to drive your Ford, in a geriatric ward, when you're old you'll look young, hooked up to an iron lung!'
12. CHANNEL 3 - 'Waiting In The Wings' - Posh Boy 12" - USA - 1981
Another from their debut Posh Boy E.P.
13. M.I.A. - 'Gas Crisis' - Smoke 7 LP - USA - 1982
Another from the 'Last Rites For Genocide and M.I.A.' album.
14. CHILD MOLESTERS - 'Violent Crimes' - Demo - USA - 1981
Another from the Legendary Brown Album. 'You ask me if I wanna kill, well maybe I will, maybe I will!'
15. T.S.O.L. - 'Abolish Government'/'Silent Majority' - Posh Boy 12" - USA - 1981
Two tracks for the price of one, again, from their classic debut E.P.
16. ROTZKOTZ - ' The Disco Sound Is Dead' - Hipocrite LP - Germany - 1979
First released on Billy Childish's label as the 'Vorsicht! Paranoia' LP but quickly picked up and repressed in Germany with a different sleeve under the title 'Much Funny'.
17. THE LEWD - 'Climate Of Fear' - ICI LP - USA - 1982
Why not another classic from 'American Wino'? 'The economy is on the brink of disaster and the ceiling overhead is asbestos plaster, living for tomorrow is not a valid answer, when everything you eat is giving you cancer'.
18. BLACK FLAG - 'No Values' - SST 12" - USA - 1980
More excellent riffage from Mr Ginn from the 'Jealous Again' E.P.
19. THE EAT - 'She's Pissed Off' - Jeterboy Cassette - USA - 1982
Another great track from the 'Scattered Wahoo Action' tape as featured on the previous Best of BTL selection.
20. THE BASTARDS - 'Schizo Terrorist' - Zaki 7" - Switzerland - 1979
From the 'Impossibilities' 3-song 7" - one of Switzerland's best. It was re-released on an expanded album on Feathered Apple in 2006. There's also a DVD available with a 1978 show and a 2006 show - here's a great track from YouTube.
21. RF7 - '666 Head' - Smoke 7 12" - USA - 1982
RF7 crank up the speed on the 'Fall In' E.P. '666 Head, you know she's hell's daughter, she'll drain you of your after-life.'
22. CHANNEL 3 - 'Manzanar' - Posh Boy 12" - USA - 1981
Musically and lyrically sound gem from their Posh Boy debut, pointing out that there were concentration camps in the 'free' world too, not just in nazi Germany. 'Your arm bears the swastika, so vogue in this anger hype, you wanna be fuckin' cruel, why don't you wear the stars and stripes?'
23. T.S.O.L. - 'World War III' - Posh Boy 12" - USA - 1981
Well, I almost posted the whole thing, so good is this E.P. 
24. CHILD MOLESTERS - 'X Amount Of Grief' - Demo - USA - 1981
Another from the Legendary Brown Album. 'Why do I have to go though all this bullshit every day, how come I never get what I'm after, even when I ask in a real nice way?'
25. THE LEWD - 'Magnetic Heart' - ICI LP - USA - 1982
And finally, a blazing punk rock duet from Olga de Volga and J. Sats Beret. Here's the band live at Target back in the day. Don't you wish you were there?
26. THE MISFITS - 'London Dungeon'
27. THE LEWD - 'Justice/Liberty'
28. RF7 - 'Vampire Lady'
30. CINECYDE - 'Firefight'
31. M.I.A. - 'Fucking Zones'
32. THE LEWD - 'Suburban Prodigy'
33. RF7 - 'Fall In'
34. CINECYDE - 'The Final Take'
35. M.I.A. - 'Can't Take It No More'
36. THE CHILD MOLESTERS - 'Jet Trash Disco Date'
37. THE LEWD - 'Beyond Moderation'

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

The Best of Brought To Life - 024

1. SCREAMERS - 'The Scream' - Demo - USA - 1978
Since the Screamers never made any records during their short existence, all you can get are live and demo recordings. Thankfully there are quite a few. This brooding, menacing composition complete with maxed-out synths and drum machine (sorry folks, no guitars here) is legendary. See a whole crazy live show here.
2. AHEADS - 'Solid Gold Promises' - Aggressive Rockproduktionen LP - Germany - 1981
The intro of this track reminds me of a cross between 'The Sounds Of Silence' by the Dickies and track number 3, below. It's the excellent lead track from their one and only album.
3. THE SOFT BOYS - 'I Want To Be An Anglepoise Lamp' - Radar 7" - UK - 1978
Their second single, and a cracker it is too. 'In your overalls, growing little wings'. What the fuck?
4. GIRLS AT OUR BEST - 'Pleasure' -  Happy Birthday LP - UK - 1981
Another classic lead-in track from a sole classic LP. 'Decorate the walls and doors it makes them all look nice, take the cat out for a walk and help it kill the mice.' There will surely be another track later.
5. SOCIAL DISTORTION - '1945' - 13th Floor 7" - USA - 1982
'Atom bomb, T.N.T., new disease, poor city.' Hardly what you would call singalong subject matter, and yet . . .
6. THE EAT - 'Get Me High' - Jeterboy cassette - USA - 1982
From the 'Scattered Wahoo Action' tape. Is that a piano in there? I believe it is!
7. THE MISFITS - 'Teenagers From Mars' - Plan 9 7" - USA - 1979
First track on the flip of 'Horror Business'. 'Our cause is just and ancient in this B-film born invasion.' Run away!
8. STAGEBEAST - 'Belgium Aint No Fun No More' - International Bestseller 7" - Belgium - 1977
Well, was it ever ? First wave Belgian sax punk, one of my favourite genres. 'B-B-B-B-B-B-B-B-Belgium!'
9. ANGRY SAMOANS - 'Posh Boy's Cock' - Studio Out-take - USA - 1982
After having insulted Rodney Bingenheimer on their first record it was now Posh Boy's turn. By the time 'Back From Samoa' was released however they'd ditched the verses and the song became 'Steak Knife'.
10. DIE CRACKERS - 'Superstar' - Ahorn LP - Germany - 1981
From the 'BRDigung' album, their first. They could have all done with haircuts and major wardrobe adjustments but it was all part of the fun in those days.
11. THE TRANSISTORS - 'Sniffing Glue' - Open Circuit 7" - UK - 1981
From the 'Riot Squad' 7" - the first of two. If you've ever tried sniffing glue then it's hard to believe anyone would glorify it. But what do I know?
12. REBEL TRUTH - 'Try / In The Red' - Self Released 7" - USA - 1983
Classic 9-tracker from Sacramento which combines speed, tunes and political savvy. There's a cool discography CD on Grand Theft Audio.
13. THE NUBS - 'Dogs' - NCS 7" - USA - 1979
Not the same Nubs that did the 'Job' 7". This is the hilarious B-side of 'I Don't Need You (Cause I Got Me). 'I was born as a human and I walked on two legs, but they can't understand it when I sit up and beg, chasing animals up a tree then I sleep at the door, and when nobody's looking I can piss on the floor.' 
14. MALE - 'KH 3' - Rock-On Schallplaten LP - Germany - 1979
From Düsseldorf. This was on their only album 'Zensur & Zensur' which was re-released on Teenage Rebel in 1990. I'd love to sing along but can't make out the lyrics.
15. SPIZZENERGI - 'Where's Captain Kirk?' - Rough Trade 7" - UK - 1979
'Where's Captain Kirk?' or 'Star Trekkin''? Which is the best? Thankfully we have them both. Video (unofficial) here.
16. PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY - 'Blood Money' - Demo - UK - 1980
United Artists dropped them so this didn't make it to vinyl but it later appeared on the 'Revolution By Numbers' CD on Overground.
17. GIRLS AT OUR BEST - 'Too Big For Your Boots' - Happy Birthday LP - UK - 1981
Another goodie from the album.
18. FRUIT EATING BEARS - 'Love Comes In Spurts' - Demo - UK - 1979
From an unreleased album which again appears on an Overground CD - 'Gentle Creatures, Despite Their Fierce Appearance'.
19. DEAD KENNEDYS - 'California Über Alles' - Alternative Tentacles 7" - USA - 1979
Not only did John Peel introduce me to this mighty record but he also told me who stocked it so I was overjoyed to be able to get one. My mates hated American punk but they had to concede that this one was a ripper.
20. THE MISFITS - 'Children In Heat' - Plan 9 7" - USA - 1979
The other track on the flip of 'Horror Business'. Why they all changed their names to Chicago has always been a mystery, however.
21. DIE CRACKERS - 'Phonhaus' - Ahorn LP - Germany - 1981
Another from the first album, though it was also released as a 7".
22. SOCIAL DISTORTION - 'Mainliner' - Posh Boy 7" - USA - 1981
Their first single, an ode to the dangers of heroin. Which Mike sadly ignored.
23. T.S.O.L. - 'Man And Machine' - Alternative Tentacles 7" - USA - 1982
From the 'Weathered Statues' E.P. which highlighted both their punk and goth influences.
24. SCREAMERS - 'Vertigo' - Demo - USA - 1978
Live at Target performance can be found here.
25. THE THREATS - 'Underground Army' - Rondelet 12" - UK - 1982
From Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland. This excellent song can be found on the 6-track 'Politicians and Ministers' E.P.
26. THE ANGRY SAMOANS - 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men'
27. THE MISFITS - 'Horror Business'
28. GIRLS AT OUR BEST - 'Water Bed Babies'
29. REBEL TRUTH - 'The Request'
30. THE SOFT BOYS - 'Give It To The Soft Boys'
31. THE DEAD KENNEDYS - 'Man With The Dogs'
32. THE ANGRY SAMOANS - 'Radio Ad'

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The Best of Brought To Life - 023

1. PORK DUKES - 'Devil Driver' - Wood LP - UK - 1981
By the time the Dukes had made it to the second LP they'd ran out of dirty sex songs and were forced to explore other subjects. With variable results. This is almost biker rock.
2. COCK SPARRER - 'Chip On Your Shoulder' - Decca 7" - UK - 1977
The B-side of second single 'We Love You'. Clearly should have been the A-side. As a result their next single wasn't released until 1982.
3. THE DEPRESSIONS - 'Screw Ya' - Barn LP - UK - 1978
How good were this band? This was the lead track from their first album. As near as they got to a love song.
4. THE 222s - 'Female' - Demo - Canada - 1979
They only managed a couple of singles at the time but there's a couple of great retrospective CDs out there, which is where you can find this great track.
5. CARSICKNESS - 'Not What We're Looking For' - TMI Products LP - USA - 1980
From the 'Shooting Above The Garbage' LP - a brief but catchy little instrumental.
6. THE CHORDS - 'Maybe Tomorrow' - Polydor 7" - UK - 1980
Whoah, when I first heard this I was mighty impressed at the anthemic quality, but it was also quite clear that it was a mod revival band. Still, I almost ran out and bought a parka. Almost.
7. THE MONOCHROME SET - 'Lester Leaps In' - Rough Trade 7" - UK - 1979
Let's have another instrumental. This was the B-side of the 'Eine Symphonie Des Grauens' 7".
8. NO IDEA - 'Class War' - Jayrem 12" - New Zealand - 1985
From the 'Hello Uglies' intro I was at once at ease with this band. OK, so it aint The Dils but it bounces along quite nicely and the sentiment is there.
9. BPEOPLE - 'Weather To Worry' - Faulty Products 7" - USA - 1981
On the flipside of 'You At Eight'. This is all about the riffage, but it also has a nice dischordant interlude which works a treat.
10. THE SUBURBS - 'Chemistry Set' - Twin/Tone 7" - USA - 1978
Twin/Tone were great at releasing multi-track 33 1/3 rpm E.P.s. Not all were great musically but this 9-track debut by the Suburbs was exceptional. 'OoooooooWOW!'
11. BUREAUCRATS - 'The Game' - Demo - Canada - 1979
Yes, they sound English because the singer was English. You can get this on a retrospective LP/CD called 'Roi'.
12. THE MISFITS - 'Night Of The Living Dead' - Demo - USA - 1979
This song was released as a single but this is one of the many demo versions available.
13. THE DEPRESSIONS - 'High Rise Living' - Barn LP - UK - 1978
Another from the classic Depressions LP. Always thought this was a single but maybe that's because Chelsea had a single under the same name?
14. SCREAMING SNEAKERS - 'Violent Days' - Screaming Sneakers 12" - USA - 1982
Lead track from the 'Marching Orders' E.P. - sadly their sole release. Lisa Nash was very nice.
15. DEVO - 'Jocko Homo' - Booji Boy 7" - USA - 1977
When Devo slithered onto the world stage most people were dumbfounded. I suppose I was too, but what weird, wonderful fun! You need to see this video, if you haven't already. If you have, you need to see it again.
16. THE PLAGUE - 'Lay Me In The Moonlight' - Demo - UK -1980
Get their restrospective CD called 'The X-Tapes' on Bin Liner records - a subsidiary of Detour Records.
17. THE SHAPES - 'Bedtime Stories' - Demo - UK - 1980
From Leamington Spa. Get their restrospective CD called 'Songs For Sensible People' on Overground Records.
18. THE NERVEBREAKERS - 'My Girlfriend Is A Rock' - Wild Child 7" - USA - 1978
From the 4-song 'Politics' E.P. The Nervebreakers were of the first Texas bands to embrace punk. They opened for the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash when they came to play.
19. PSYCOTIC PINEAPPLE - 'I Wanna Get Rid Of You' - Richmond 7" - USA - 1979
From Emeryville, California. The Psycotic Pineapple was Pyno Man, a cartoon character that appeared on their record sleeves. He also manifested himself as a bloke in a big rubber pineapple suit at their live shows. Can you spot him in the background here?
20. THE X-RAY-Z - 'Three More Glorious Years' - Suicide LP - Australia - 1980
This was taken from the 'Lethal Weapons' comp. LP but it also appeared on their own LP on Polyester records. Anyone got it?
21. THE DUM DUM BOYS - 'Let There Be Noise' - Bondage LP - New Zealand - 1982
This lot were big Stooges fans. They released one LP before transforming into the Henchmen.
22. THE DEPRESSIONS - 'Handle With Care' - Barn LP - UK - 1978
And yet another goodie from the Depressions LP.
23. BOYS NEXT DOOR - 'Masturbation Generation' - Suicide LP - Australia - 1980
Another from the 'Lethal Weapons' LP. This lot were fronted by Nick Cave before he formed the Birthday Party. His voice then just got lower and lower and lower, Ian Curtis style.
24. THE AU PAIRS - 'Monogamy' - Peel session - UK - 1979
An unusually upbeat-sounding track from their classic first Peel session. 'If you don't buy it you'll get lonely, if you defy it you're doomed to cry'.
25. KUSCHELWEICH - 'Azuboy' - GeeBeeDee 7" - Germany 1980
From their 'Live Im Studio' E.P. They also did an LP called 'Ich Küsse Dich' which is well worth finding.
26. THE CHORDS - 'In My Street'
27. THE SUBURBS - 'Memory'
28. THE PORK DUKES - 'Powers'
29. NO IDEA - 'Rugger Bugger'
30. THE SURF PUNKS - 'Can't Get A Tan'
31. THE MISFITS - 'Where Eagles Dare'
32. THE MONOCHROME SET - 'Eine Symphonie Des Grauens'

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Best of Brought To Life - 022

1. ESSENTIAL LOGIC - 'Aerosol Burns' - Cells 7" - UK - 1978
Originally a founder member of X-Ray Spex, Lora Logic (saxaphone) left the band to finish her schooling and when that was done she started up her own combo. More angular and experimental than the Spex, and therefore less commercial, the band fizzled out after an album and a few E.P.s and singles. This was the first single.
2. TELEVISION PERSONALITIES - '14th Floor' - Self Released 7" - UK - 1978
And another debut here from the marvellous Dan Treacy and Co. 'I've lived here for seven years now, and I don't know anyone, I think the bloke next door's a Jamaican, but he could be an Irishman.' Tower block isolation has never been as vivid.
3. BASCZAX - 'Auto Mekanik Destruktor' - Pipeline Product - UK - 1979
The B-side of 'Madison Fallout' with more hot sax. Formed from the ashes of Blitzkrieg Bop. Manic post-punk anyone?
4. ALTERNATIVE TV - 'Action Time Vision' - Deptford Fun City 7" - UK - 1978
Their singles were mostly great. Shame about the albums.
5. THE TWEEZERS - 'Ernie Kaboyng' - Self Released 7" - USA - 1981
First track on a 4-song E.P. Ernie made all the girls howl, apparently. Lucky fella.
6. THE DELINQUENTS - 'Food-Free Food' - Live Wire LP - USA - 1981
Have we had an album track yet? Anyway, I think they did an album with Lester Bangs before this one. 'Read the lable, if you're able, to find any food in it.' Deadbeat synth-punk at its sloppy best.
7. THE CONSUMERS - 'Teen Love Song' - In The Red LP - USA - 1995 - Recorded 1978
This album was originally going to be released by Dangerhouse but they declined after the Consumers broke up on stage at the Whiskey when singer David Wiley stormed off the stage. Guitarist Paul B. Cutler later joined 45 Grave and reworked many of the songs.
8. THE PERFECTORS - 'YT502951D' - Active 7" - UK - 1980
This was the National Insurance number of Gary, their lyricist. Wow, I thought only Stiff Little Fingers had a lyricist back in those days? Anyway it's not usually a good idea to publish the damn thing. Makes a good song though!
9. SNIVELLING SHITS - 'Terminal Stupid' - Ghetto Rockers 7" - UK - 1977
Formed by a couple of journalists, Giovanni Dadomo and Dave Fudger, and if I remember rightly, they had producer Steve Lillywhite on bass too. Get it on the Damaged Goods retrospective LP 'I Can't Come'.
10. THE 'A's - 'Teenage Jerk Off' - Arista 7" - USA - 1979
Back to the superior B-sides. Pretty harmless power pop on the whole. From Philidelphia.
11. THE DARK - 'Musak' - Fresh 7" - UK - 1981
The flip of the less-than-inspiring 'Einstein's Brain'. 'Musak is the answer to all of our ills, you won't need booze and you won't need pills.' If only.
12. ADAM ROTH and his BAND OF MEN - 'I Just Wanna Have Some Fun' - ACM LP - USA - 1981
From the film soundtrack to 'Down The Shore'. (No, me neither). Nice riffage, if somewhat derivative.
13. GARBO'S CELLULOID HEROES - 'Only Death Is Fatal' - Big Bear 7" - UK - 1978
Apparently from Birmingham though you wouldn't know from the faux cockney accent.
14. BLACK FLAG - 'Nervous Breakdown' - SST 7" - USA - 1978
Meanwhile in California, the Flag were real, tearing it up and laying down the foundations of a prolonged and prolific career. Pre-Rollins.
15. THE VALVES - 'It Don't Mean Nothing' - Albion 7" - UK - 1979
Third and final single from this much-underrated Edinburgh combo. All 3 were very different. All 3 were great.
16. TELEVISION PERSONALITIES - 'Part-Time Punks' - Kings Road 7" - UK - 1978
From the 'Bill Grundy' E.P. 'They'd like to buy the O Level single, or Read About Seymour, but they're not pressed in red, so they buy the Lurkers instead.' Weren't that the truth.
17. THE COWBOYS - 'Teenage Life' - Tet Offensive 7" - USA - 1980
And another superior B-side. Apparently the vocalist was Mark Eitzel, who went on to later fame with American Music Club and a solo career. Me, I'm none the wiser.
18. THE BULLETS - 'Grammar School Girls' - Big Bear 7" - UK - 1978
And the B-sides continue. Like the lyric which rhymes 'Wranglers' with both 'Anglers' and 'The Stranglers', though I'd have used 'danglers' myself. 
19. HANS-A-PLAST - 'Sex Sex Sex' - No Fun 7" - Germany - 1981
Though they did 3 albums this appears to be their only 7" unless anyone out there knows any different. The album to have is the one from 1979 with the burning rat on the sleeve.
20. THE BOYS - 'First Time' - Nems 7" - UK - 1977
Their second single, about cherry popping. Still, more subtle and gentle than the preceding song. Learn some German, my friend.
21. THE CURE - 'I Want To Be Old' - Demo - UK - 1977
From the Cure's first proper demo tape. Sounds nothing like what they would later become. Not sure if that's good or bad . . . on second thoughts . . .
22. THE SILLIES - 'If Your Girlfriend Still Loves You When Your Car Breaks Down, You Know Her Love Is True' - Demo - USA - 1979 
An unfeasibly long title for a Detroit punk rock act, but a nice sentiment. Get this, their single and other demos on the 'America's Most Wanton' CD.
23. THE BELL HEIRS - 'California Sun' - Visa 7" - USA - 1978
This appears to be their sole release. Cover version of the day.
24. THE CIRCLES - 'Opening Up' - Graduate 7" - UK - 1979
First single by this Brummie mod revival band formed from the ashes of the Neon Hearts. Well, it was supposed to be the next big thing . . .
25. VITAL DISORDERS - 'Prams' - Lowther International 7" - UK - 1981
From their 3-song debut 7" - the first of 3. 'Let's talk about prams and washing machines, let's talk about the end of childhood dreams'.  Video here. She needn't have worried.
27. BLACK FLAG - 'Fix Me'
28. THE ABRASIVE WHEELS - The Army Song'
29. THE DELINQUENTS - 'Sticky Situation'
30. THE TELEVISION PERSONALITIES - 'Where's Bill Grundy Now?'
31. THE FIX - 'Famous'

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