Captain Sensible - 1981 - This Is Your Captain Speaking 7'' download .
Former Guitarist with 70's Punk Goth band 'The Damned'. Towards the end of 1981, the good Captain decided to do some solo stuff, which turned out to be more poppy and mainstream than The Damned's records. Also, his solo stuff sold more records, with Happy Talk jumping from No 33 straight to No 1 in the UK top 40 in June 1982.
The Bureaucrats formed in ‘78 and disbanded in ‘81. The band managed to scrape together a cult following with their original Clash-cum-new wave material, echoing similar rebel sentiments rising out of the likes of New York and London in the late 70’s. The Bureaucrats performed with the likes of Teenage Head, Demics, Bauhaus, Payolas among others. They began their musical legacy by opening and closing the now infamous “Rotter’s Club” and eventually did the same with its successor “The 80’s Club”. The band during its existence released the following; Rot n Roll 12” LP (’79), Feel the Pain/Grown Up Age 45rpm (’80), ROI CD recorded in ’78-‘79 (released ’99) and The Bureaucrats 12” LP recorded in ’78-’80 (released 2000).
Big Balls And The Great White Idiot - 1977 - Same 12'' download .
Big Balls and the Great White Idiot was one of the first and best known German punk rock bands. They were founded in Hamburg in 1975 by Wolfgang "Wolle" Lorenz (guitar), "Baron Adolf Kaiser" (vocals), and the Grund brothers Peter (drums, vocals), Alfred (bass, vocals) and Atli (guitar). "Baron Adolf" provoked the audience by wearing a Nazi uniform and a black moustache as an expression of anarchy. Performances on stage were highly aggressive; the band was known to shout at the audience to go home. Punk News magazine called the sound "mean and ugly." The first album was released in 1977 by Teldec, named Big Balls. Among the 17 songs were a cover version of the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K.", in this case "Anarchy in Germany," and another of Velvet Underground. In 1978 the second album Foolish Guys followed. The next two albums, Artikel 1 and Creepy Shades, were released by their own label Balls Records, the latter bringing a change in sound away from punk. The decline of punk rock did not affect the close ties between the band and their fans, but the 1980s saw the "Balls" more often in theaters contributing their music to various stageplays.
Formed out of the ashes of 'The Guernsey Flowers', then changing their name to 'The Amazing Doctor Octopuss' before settling on 'Lockjaw'. The first ever gig was under the name of 'The Guernsey Flowers' and it was at 'St Francis' Church Hall, Balcombe Road in Horley. For a laugh we put a load of confetti in a cardboard box over the stage. It was my idea of special effects!! What we didn't realise that earlier in the day, the box had contained flowers from Guernsey, and this was actually printed on the side of the box!!! These special effects (or not as the case was...) lead the audience (one man and his dog with a few Hippies chucked in for good measure) led to a slight misunderstanding. The upshot was, the assumption we were called 'The Guernsey Flowers' ... Not the best name for a young well 'ard Punk band starting out in those days! It took ages to shake off this name but thinking back it was a good old larf... In our two year existence, we recorded many tracks for 'Lee Wood's' "Raw Records" and managed to release two singles on his label. The first being 'Radio Call Sign' which was actually written by our faithful Van Driver / Roadie come Manager 'Dave Gallup', the older brother to 'Simon Gallup'. The label actually credited a 'D. Gallot' but this was a typing error. The follow up single was 'Journalist Jive'. Unfortunately, the other studio recorded tracks have been lost in time......or have they? It would be good if we could track down the masters to all these tracks, or good quality versions so that we could release then as a retrospective release and actually make a little dosh as we never saw a penny from Lee Wood!!! When we were gigging as 'Lockjaw' we used to play with another local band called "Easycure". We used to play under the heading of "I KNOW AN EASYCURE FOR LOCKJAW". A year later they dropped the 'Easy' and became 'The Cure' and we changed our name to the "The Magazine Spies" or just Mag/Spys. Just as the 'The Cure' were breaking, the band were invited to support 'The Specials' in Paris so a few members of the 'Mag/Spys went along as roadies for them. Sadly, the Mag/Spys wasn't really in existence that long as things were really taking off for the other local band The Cure' as they had just been signed to 'Fiction Records' and 'Mick Dempsy' has just left and his space needed filling. So 'Robert Smith' asked 'Simon Gallup' & Matthieu Hartley' if they would like to join The Cure. Sadly that was the last time we saw those two for many years! Years later, I went on 'Head On The Door' tour with 'The Cure' and Robert Smith ponced a fiver from me....I suppose some things never change! The rest is history so to speak....
Dirt Shit’s “Rattenlock” EP was released in Austria, 1979, in a reported edition of 200 copies. It is one of the most unreal, over the top artifacts of punk music I have ever heard (and is an all-time, top ten record). Here the record has been legitimately reissued for another 666 people to enjoy. The A-side of the record has three punk scorchers that make my hair stand on end every time. The abrasive guitar sound is lifted from a construction site while the producer was surely an idiot savant on an exchange program from Bedlam. The recording has fades and tape manipulations that add another layer to the songs. “Discoscheisser” and “Exit” are paint-peeling originals while the third song is a great take on the Rolling Stone’s “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. The flipside of the record is a weird, extended reggae influenced song that doesn’t get spun often by me, but certainly makes the record even more interesting. The reissue does not have the hand colored sleeve or all of the inserts with the original, but is incredibly well done. This should be in everyone’s collection.