Vice Creems - 1978 - Won't Be My Girl 7'' download .
The Vice Creems, originally the Aylesbury Bucks, formed in Aylesbury in around mid – late 1977. They were basically the vehicle for Zig-Zag Magazine editor (& former teenage president of the Mott The Hoople fanclub) Kris Needs (vocals), his best mate Colin Keinch (guitar) & assorted mates from the pub. Following sparodic gigging throughout late 77 – early 78, they made their vinyl debut with a fairly typical punky track "No Passion" on the "Aylesbury Goes Flaccid" local compilation LP. Shortly afterwards (June 78) they recorded two tracks "01-01-212" and "Won't You Be My Girl" on studio down-time during a Flaming Groovies album tracking session (obviously due to Needs' connections!) which was released shortly afterwards as their debut 45 on Tiger Records (the sleeve lists the line up, in addition to Needs & Keinch as Nigel Birchall – guitar, Chris Lugmayer – bass, & Martin Godfrey – drums). Following more gigs (including dates with The Adverts & The Lurkers), on the eve of returning to the studio to record a Mick Jones produced second single, Birchall, Lugmayer & Godfrey quit the band. Jones said "don't worry" & offered to get Needs & Keinch a band for the session, which he did :- The Clash's Topper Headon on drums, Generation X's Tony James on bass & Jones himself on guitar! (& apparently Billy Idol is in there on backing vocals too!). The recordings materialized as a single "Danger Love" / "Like A Tiger" on ZigZag Records shortly afterwards, with (for legal reasons) Jones credited as "Michael Blair", Headon as "Nicholas Kahn" & James as "Anthony Ross"! "Kris - A guy came in with money via Zig Zag & we were gonna launch Zig Zag Records. Only problem - the band split up the week before - leaving just me & Colin. I phoned Mick Jones who’d already agreed to produce the record & told him I had Olympic Studios sorted but no band. Mick said he’d get a band & told me to be there. We showed up - 1st thing we see is Johnny Green & the Clash gear & flight cases. We realised our backing band was gonna be Topper, Mick & Tony James. We had a warm up jam. It was surreal." The Vice Creems were never able to find a steady line up, & called it a day shortly afterwards but not before a prestigious support slot to The Clash & Ian Dury & The Blockheads at Aylesbury Friars. In all the singles were fairly well received though Needs and the band were never viewed as serious contenders more a journalist playing at being a rockstar. After quitting Zig-Zag Magazine in the early 80's, & following several years in New York (along with picking up a heavy heroin habit), Needs cleaned up, returned to the UK in the early 90's & has since become a major figure in the UK underground dance scene, both as a dj and as a recording artist!
The group was founded in 1977 by four high school friends: Paul McLaughlin, David Maguire, Greg Maguire, and Tom Robinson. While their instruments were basic - including a cardboard drum kit - they were able to quickly produce a demo tape which they sent to a local indie label Fast Product, who also produced the Human League. Inspired by The Slits and Mekons, the Prats debuted on the Fast EP Earcom 1. In 1979, the band recorded a session with John Peel, who was cited as saying "... this session has put me in a good mood for the rest of the weekend... it's terrific...a great session!" Peel also offered his fee from a DJing appearance to finance a single release. A series of singles then followed, including "General Davis" and "Die Todten Reyten Schnell," which was released on a German indie label. A number of line-up changes saw Elspeth McLeod joining to provide additional guitar (including on the single "General Davis") and Jeff Maguire taking over bass duties from Tom Robinson. In 1980, the EP "The 1990s Pop" was released on Rough Trade Music. This record contained four tracks: "Disco Pope," "Nothing," "TV Set," and "Noboty Noticed." "Disco Pope" received significant airplay under John Peel and was re-released in 2003 on Rough Trade Shops' compilation CD Post Punk Volume 1. The end of school in 1981 meant the end of the Prats. Paul McLaughlin was quoted as saying “Bands are like marriages between four people. You just stop getting on with each other.” McLaughlin, now living in Chelmsford, has released one solo single, "Party Girl." He has since then given up on music and is currently an executive with the National Union of Journalists; Dave, Jeff, Greg, Tom and Elspeth all live in the Edinburgh area.
Fingerprintz - 1979 - Who's Your Friend 7'' download .
You may already know that even before the Silencers, Jimme and Cha were involved in the musical world, not in Scotland but in London. Cha was then the guitarist of the band Adam and the Ant , whereas Jimme used to write for Lene Lovitch and Paul Young . The encounter of our two "future" Silencers drove into the Fingerprintz in 1979, with the release of a first 12" single : Dancing with Myself / Sync Unit / Sean's New Shoes . Three albums will follow : The Very Dab , Distinguishing Marks and Beat Noir . in all these albums, you can find a sound that reminds the post-punk era, and when you listen to the songs, you will undoubtedly feel an evolution, noticing however obvious links between the tracks of the album The Very Dab and those of Distinshing Marks (Wet Jobs). S In the second album, Bob Shilling became Bogdan Wiczling (but it seems this is the same person anyway!!), and the music also became much more accessible, with tracks such as Houdini Love , Jabs and the famous Bulletproof Heart (which was released as single already at the time). Tracks were not anylonger composed by Jimme alone, since he was now helped by Cha. In the third album (recorded in Paris and London) the same musicians were present, plus Sadie "The Cat" (Jimme's wife). Beat Noir is actually the beginning of the "Silencers" sound, with such tracks as Touch Sense . At the same period a new single was released : Bohemian Dance / Coffe and Screams . The band then separated "split" in 1985, and Jimme and Cha returned to their native Scotland in order to found the Silencers with Martin Hanlin and Joe Donnelly (a cousin of Jim Kerr). Before they eventually chose the definitive name for the band, our four musicians hesitated a long time between such names as My Gronny's Green Armchair, See Gong Planet or The Hot Dog from Hell. In September 1986, the band started to repeat in Berlin, in Denmark, in Scotland and in London, and soon the demo of Painted Moon would be chosen to illustrate a film called "The Home Front". Painted Moon was then released as single in April 1987. It would be soon much appreciated by critics. The album A Letter from St Paul was be released one month later, after a Tour supporting the Pretenders in Europe and UK...
from a text by Valérie Prouvost, Silences, 02/1992 (link)
Holly And The Italians - 1980 - Tell That Girl To Shut Up 7'' download .
Holly and the Italians were a short-lived American pop-punk band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1978 by Chicago born singer and guitarist Holly Beth Vincent, bassist Mark Sidgwick, and drummer Steve Young. They relocated to London, England and after playing on the pub circuit extensively, they quickly came to prominence as the opening act for fellow Americans Blondie, and were signed to disc jockey Charlie Gillett's record label, Oval. The 1980 release of the single "Tell That Girl To Shut Up" garnered the band a recording contract with Virgin Records. While the single wasn't a very big hit for Holly and the Italians, it would be in 1988 when covered by Transvision Vamp. The band recorded their only album, The Right To Be Italian, produced by Richard Gottehrer. In August 1980, they played the major Heatwave festival near Toronto. In 1982, Holly Beth Vincent released a solo album entitled Holly and the Italians. The album was/is critically acclaimed, and the subsequent video gained some airtime on MTV. Later that year Vincent recorded a duet of Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" with Ramones frontman Joey Ramone. After a brief period replacing Patty Donahue in The Waitresses, she sang in a combo called the Wild Things with Anthony Thistlethwaite (The Waterboys) and Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) and recorded an album, "America", under the name the Oblivious for Amy Ray's label Daemon Records. In 1995, Holly toured and teamed up with Concrete Blonde singer Johnette Napolitano for a musical side project entitled Vowel Movement. In 2007, Holly completed a new record,"Super Rocket Star" which is available on CD Baby.
London PX are a punk rock group formed by four friends from North London in 1979 they existed in various forms until 1982 and after a reunion in 2007 have reformed. They produced two singles Orders and Arnold Layne, additionally they have featured on various Punk Compilation Albums e.g. Killed by Death and Messthetics 102. An LP "All That There Is (1979-1982)" containing everything that was recorded is available.
Ebba Grön was not the hardest punk band in Sweden, after the two first records it was hardly punk at all, and the band did only hold together for five years. But in this time they almost single-handedly managed to bring Swedish punk rock into the spotlight, and they became more popular than any other bands in that genre, before or after. A decade and a half after their breakup they were still uncontested as the kings of Swedish punk. Ebba Grön was formed as a trio in 1977 by Ljungstedt, Thåström, and Eriksson, who already played together in the bands Urin and Fajt. Their stage debut took place in March 1978 when they played warmup for the Lerium at the local youth center, and by financing it themselves they released the debut single "Antirock" one month later. The band bought all the 500 copies and sold them on the streets. After a concert at Långholmsparken, which was recorded by the national radio, they were contacted by Håkan Lagher from Mistlur, who offered a contract and to re-release the single. Ebba Grön started a hectic period of touring, during which they also released two more singles. In 1978, the time had come for their album debut, and with We're Only in It for the Money they definitely wrote themselves into rock history. The anarchistic lyrics were seen as very controversial at the time, and the lyrics of one song, "Beväpna Er," about taking up arms against the authorities, could not be printed on the cover. The band also started to get a reputation of having troublesome gigs, with vandalism and fights, which fitted the punk image perfectly. In 1980, Ebba Grön released a single that would become their most famous song, a cover of Blå Tåget's Staten Och Kapitalet. Kärlek Och Uppror was released next year, and was much more produced than the debut, with the focus of the music shifting slightly away from punk. The catchy melodies and Ebba Grön's image as young rebels appealed to both the punk crowd and a wider audience, and rendered the album a big success. The lyrics and the music were always credited to the entire band, but after a while it became more obvious that it was Thåström who was the creative engine, and he would also have the most successful career after the breakup. Later that same year, keyboard player Sjöholm, alias Stry Terrarie, was recruited and brought with him new influences. The single "Scheisse" was released and parallel with this: Thåström, Ljungstedt, and Sjöholm released a single with the new project Rymdimperiet, later to reach fame as Imperiet. On Ebba Grön, released in 1982, the new tendencies were even more obvious. The album, produced by Tony Thorén from Eldkvarn, had keyboards and horns, and was more melodic than its predecessors. This may have meant that Ebba Grön was not punk anymore (though lyrically they were), but that hardly harmed them commercially. When Eriksson ended up in jail for four months for refusing to do his military service; it was the beginning of the end for Ebba Grön, and in February 1983 they sent a farewell letter to the press. But already the same year Rymdimperiet released their first album, now under the name Imperiet. Musically this album continued the development away from punk rock that had been seen on Ebba Grön's albums. Imperiet got a good start and would be the leading band of the Swedish alternative rock scene throughout the '80s. In 1995 Ebba Grön reunited for one occasion, but Thåström refused to participate.
A Scottish foursome from the Glasgow area, The EXILE formed in February of 1977 with the following line-up: Graham Scott (ex-Free Flight- vocals, guitar), Stan Workman (guitar), Robert Kirk (bass) and Dougie Burns (drums). The band spent a full 3 hours recording their debut 7" EP (1 hour to rehearse, 1 hour to record and 1 hour to mix). this took place on June 18, 1977, at Glasgow's Thor Studios and cost a grand total of 300 pounds. With the memorably fitting title "Don't Tax Me"", the self-produced record was released as a 4-track EP in August on The Exile's own Boring Records. the EP's 4 slabs of basic no-nonsense punk are: "Jubille 77", "Hooked On You", "Fascist DJ" and "The Windmill", the latter of wich is listed as just "Windmill" on the rear sleeve. Oh yeah, and the sleeve is designed by A.Moron. Being one of the very first scottish punk bands, The Exile was also responsible for setting up the first Scottish punk club for local bands, Gigi's Disco. The opening of the club (the opening night ended up being cancelled by the authorities) was actually financed by the revenue from the "Don't Tax Me" EP. "Disaster Movie" , a track recorded in October 1977, found its way onto the "Streets" compilation LP (Beggars Banquet) that came out in November 1977. At the same October recording sessions, "The Real People" and "Tomorrow Today" were also laid down. These songs were, however, not released until January 1978. "Disaster Movie", The Exile's finest moment, is a primitive, but catchy and highly era-fixed glimpse of '77 punk with a contagious singalong chorus to go along wth it. The Exile's second single, the "The real People" 7", came out on Charly Records in January, 1978. All 3 tracks were recorded in October 1977 and have been released on the various artists compilation CD entitled "Short Sharp Shock" (Overground). The Exile split towards the end of 1978, at which time robert Kirk (bass) had already been replaced by first Paul amour (ex-Cuban Heels) and then Gavin Patterson. Out of The Exile ashes rose Friction, who never managed as much as one single ("World in Exile").
Radiators From Space - 1977 - Television Screen 7'' download .
The Radiators From Space are an Irish punk rock band. The band formed in 1976 in Dublin, consisting of Philip Chevron (who was later to perform with the Pogues), Pete Holidai, Steve Rapid, Jimmy Crashe and Mark Megaray. They signed to Chiswick Records in 1977 and released two albums, TV Tube Heart and Ghostown in 1979, the latter of which featured "Faithful Departed". "Television Screen" featured on the Long Shots, Dead Certs And Odds On Favourites (Chiswick Chartbusters Volume Two) sampler Compilation album (1978: Chiswick). Ghostown received critical acclaim, but failed to sell well. They disbanded in 1981. Radiators' songs have been recorded by Christy Moore ("Faithful Departed") and Mary Coughlan ("Kitty Rickets"). The band reunited in 2004, with a slightly different line-up (Crashe and Megaray left the band and were replaced by Cait O'Riordan and Johnny Bonnie) and the shortened name The Radiators. Following a one-off concert, they formally reunited and signed to the 625 record label, through whom they have released two new EPs: The Television Screen (2004) and The Summer Season (2005). A new bass player, Jesse Booth, joined the band in February 2006. On 26 October 2006, the band released their third studio album Trouble Pilgrim. On 21 December 2006, they played in 'The Point', Dublin as a special guest of The Pogues.