And Hypnotic it is. This was from their 2nd LP 'The Expendables' that was never released by their label, Enigma. 200 copies were supposedly pressed as a promo, but it's not on Enigma so I suggest the band probably pressed the records themselves and called it 'The Expendables' as a dig at their treatment by Enigma. If you know any different, let me know.
2. SKREWDRIVER - 'Government Action' - Chiswick LP - UK - 1977
From 'All Skrewed Up'. 'Things are changing for the British kids'. The signs were there.
3. THE NITWITZ - 'Jet Set' - Vögelspin 12" - Netherlands - 1981
From 'The Scorched Earth Policy' 12". Who can spot what's unusual about this rip?
4. XTC - 'Radios In Motion' - Virgin LP - UK - 1978
Opening track from their first LP 'White Music'. Quirky jerky stuff indeed. Old Grey Whistle Test performance here.
5. AGENT ORANGE - 'Too Young To Die' - Posh Boy MLP - USA - 1981
The opening track from 'Living In Darkness'. Dig that Mike Palm signature guitar sound.
6. THE ROUSERS - 'Aint Got A Minute To Lose' - Torso LP - Netherlands - 1980
The Rousers debut LP 'A Treat Of New Beat' was as consistently good as any album of 1980. Lead vocals by Cock de Jong (snigger).
7. BOB BELAND - 'Stealing Cars' - Deli Platters 7" - USA - 1980
You can go a long way with a good guitar hook. If this had been released a couple of years later it would have been way too synth-heavy but may well have made a John Hughes film soundtrack.
8. EATER - 'Anne' - The Label LP - UK - 1977
Eater meanwhile never had much of a guitar sound but it never seemed to bother anyone. This is a nice little song about necrophilia.
9. SKREWDRIVER - 'Too Much Confusion' - Chiswick LP - UK - 1977
Another from 'All Skrewed Up'.
10. THE X-TEENS - 'Penny' - Dolphin LP - USA - 1983
From their self-titled LP. I'm not sure the break in the middle is needed but what the hell.
11. THE HYPNOTICS - 'The Quest' - Acid Rain LP - USA - 1983
Another from 'The Expendables'. You spend an age waiting for the vocals only to find it's an instrumental. How frustrating.
12. XTC - 'Do What You Do' - Virgin LP - UK - 1978
Another track from 'White Music'
13. AGENT ORANGE - 'Everything Turns Gray' - Posh Boy MLP - USA - 1981
Another from 'Living In Darkness' which was also released as a 7" with a lurid blue and orange sleeve. Positivity was nowhere to be found, yet see it performed live in Rio.
14. SKROTEEZ - 'New Town' - Square Anarchy Music 7" - UK - 1982
From the 'Overspill' E.P. Skroteez weren't very positive either, but Livingston was hardly L.A. (or Rio for that matter) so it's quite understandable in the circumstances.
15. THE ROUSERS - 'Magazine Girl' - Torso LP - Netherlands - 1980
Another from 'A Treat Of New Beat'. Also released as a 7".
16. SKREWDRIVER - 'Back With A Bang' - Boots And Braces 12" - UK - 1982
Last release that wasn't overtly racist, though having 'patriotic' in the lyrics hinted at what was to come.
17. THE WIZE - 'After School' - Becket LP - USA - 1980
Harmless powerpop from this New York 3-piece.
18. TONIGHT - 'Money, That's Your Problem' - TDS 7" - UK - 1978
Second single which was better than the first but didn't sell as many. Who said life was fair?
19. EATER - 'Queen Bitch' - The Label LP - UK - 1977
Another from 'The Album'. One of my favourite Bowie covers.
20. XTC - 'Traffic Light Rock' - Virgin 10" - UK - 1978
Excellent track from the Virgin 10" sampler 'Guillotine'.
21. THE HYPNOTICS - 'Stole A Maserati' - Acid Rain LP - USA - 1983
And a 3rd from 'The Expendables'. 'I'm gonna do 200 miles an hour without any lights'. Don't try it kids, it'll only end in tears.
22. SKREWDRIVER - 'I Don't Like You' - Boots And Braces 12" - UK - 1982
B-side of 'Back With A Bang'.
23. THE ROUSERS - 'Nothing Else To Do' - Torso 7" - Netherlands - 1980
On a free 7" which was included with 'A Treat Of New Beat'.
24. BOOMTOWN RATS - 'Mary Of The 4th Form' - Ensign 7" - UK - 1977
Second single, about wild child shennanigans. TOTP performance here. Johnny Fingers was so cool in his pyjamas.
25. AGENT ORANGE - 'THe Last Goodbye' - Posh Boy MLP - USA - 1981
Another from 'Living In Darkness'. Closes side one of the album and this little comp. too.
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