Friday, September 5, 2008

Satan's Rats - 1996 - What A Bunch Of Rodents

Satan's Rats - 1996 - What A Bunch Of Rodents**
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Satan’s Rats formed in Evesham, Worcestershire in January 1977, with an average age of just seventeen.
Songs like the anthemic ‘Year Of The Rats’ about the demise of the old fart groups, their appearance at the Birmingham Punk Festival and support to the Sex Pistols at the Roxy soon saw the band build a large following and inevitably drew them to the attention of record labels.
Their first demo (included on this CD) earned them a deal with DJM Records. Hardly a punk label, it was home to Elton John and Johnny Guitar Watson and also the enigmatic Rikki Sylvan (from Rikki & The Last Days Of Earth) who would produce their first two singles.
The first single ‘In My Love For You’ was released in 1977. Bob Geldof reviewed in the NME and slagged it off. The second single ‘Year Of The Rats’ released early in 1978 fared no better, sinking without a trace despite being regarded as something of a classic these days.
For their third single ’You Make Me Sick’ they had Vic Maile (Dr Feelgood/Fruit Eating Bears) as producer. He managed to capture the anger of the band perfectly and this single, released in 1978 was undoubtedly their finest moment. Julie Burchill reviewed it in the NME, she hated it.
Later that year Paul Rencher quit, the band recruited vocalist Wendy Wu, changed their name to The Photos, signed to Epic and had a hit album.
All three Satan’s Rats singles are highly prized collectors’ items and have been heavily bootlegged on punk compilations, one series even naming itself ‘Year Of The Rats’.
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** Twenty tracks including their three classic singles, 13 unreleased tracks and one demo version from one of Britain’s most under-rated punk bands. Sleeve notes by Steve Eagles.
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6 comments:

hdvns said...

Thanks for this one. Glad to have all I can get from these punkers!

Fellipe Matheus said...

Procurei por muito tempo essas gravações deles, tenho dois compacto, I'm my love for you ta no top 10

biopunk said...
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biopunk said...

Great stuff! Didn't know there was this much Satan's Rats stuff out.

Thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

Ive been listening this rats since i was 14 im 17 now and i cant balieve that this band made such a great tunes
i started with singles like "in my love for you" and i fell in love with those tunes then i was looking throughout the pages for their album "what a bunch of rodents " i was lookin`specially for one of their best tunes "Buzz Boys" ofter you post it , i havent stopped listening to that tune i just love it
i think the Satan`s Rats are the best band because they have a lot of originality with the sound of the guitar ,voice,bass and drumss
it was such a shame that Paul Rencher left the Satan`s Rats if he wouldnt have left them they would have been the best punk band ever...........This Is The Year Of The Rats

isksp said...

definitely, one of the best bands indee

and just one thing, you can see the difference that Paul Rencher did in the band, as the rest of the band became the Photos, with a sound much more poor and without that attitude