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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