Dogs, The - 1978 - Slash Your Face 7'' (US) download .
Killer heavy Detroit sound reminscent of the MC5, Stooges with a touch of Blue Oyster Cult-style thunder. The Dogs's sound is tough as hell. They create a menacing, brass knuckle sound with a mauling rhythm section and a ferocious guitar. "Slash Your Face," leaps at you, going straight for your throat and doesn't let up until you're left bleeding, pleading and outta breath. They even make the Barbarians' campy hit "Are You A Boy or Are You a Girl" sound tough.
After meeting at college Gareth, Graham and Marc noted a shared interest in bands such as The Damned, The Who and The Sex Pistols; and formed The Plague in the autumn of 1976. Drummer Greg Horton completed the line-up, and the band began playing together at a rehearsal space attached to a church in Bromley.
By early 1977 The Plague were playing locally, soon securing a regular slot at the Battersea Arts Centre - initially as support to musical-play "The Food Show". They were the first punk rock band to play at the venue, playing a twenty-minute set to open the show as well as providing a contemporary soundtrack to The Food Show in return for rehearsal space. As The Food Show was put on by the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA), the unlikely pairing played other ILEA venues together. However this was a short-lived arrangement after the band played soon-to-be fan-favourite "1, 2, Fuck You!" one night at a school. Despite requesting a punk show, school staff in the audience went berserk, almost leading to a fight between the school's PE teacher and the band/manager. The headmaster demanded an apology from The Plague, which was unforthcoming so from that point onward they were banned from all ILEA venues - rather a fitting and appropriate state of affairs for a hungry teenage punk band in 1977.
Having recorded their first demo (containing such embryonic examples of their sound as: "Again and Again", "On The Dole", and "Nightmares") The Plague began their long-standing relationship with The Roxy club, playing shows with such punk luminaries as the UK Subs and Slaughter and the Dogs. Eventually the club manager Kevin St John would phone the band up when others had cancelled gigs at the last minute.
As well as regulars to the club the band brought with them their "Battersea Mob", a group of punks based at The Old Swan pub in Battersea. The Battersea Mob proved to be the most loyal of fans, some even trekking as far afield as Coventry and Manchester to see the band. It was during this time that the band wrote many songs including "Spies", "End of the World", "Politician" and "Nuffin' Doing".
After The Roxy closed The Plague remained active, playing at the Institute of Psychiatry, Camberwell, and Toyah Willcox's club night "Mayhem". One outstanding gig at the Institute resulted in interest from CBS records.
* Following a resurgence of interest in original punk rock, Detour Records contacted the band in 2005 regarding the compilation of all The Plague's various demos and singles onto one vinyl/CD album. The result was "The X Tapes" ((p) and (c) 2005 Bin Liner Records).
English punk band Includes Martin Chambers From The Pretenders On Drums. This didnt come out in the UK but did come out in with different sleeve artwork in Italy on "Variety", in France on "Festival" and Australia on the "Beat" label...who also did the FU2 LP. The tracks include Ramones and Berry covers and "Good Guys Dont Wear White" and for some reason the track listing seems to be different on different pressings.
This Texas trio (not the British band of the same name) was led by bassist/singer Jesse Sublett, whose previous group included future Go-Go Kathy Valentine. An earlier incarnation of the Skunks stuck a couple of neat tracks on an Austin compilation LP; the band on The Skunks includes a pair of brothers who were previously two-thirds of that city's Terminal Mind. But enough history. Produced by Earle Mankey, The Skunks is better-than-average melodic rock that draws on Southwestern musical traditions to give it special character, but isn't ethnic enough to be confused with the more colorful outpourings of Tex-Mex. The trio shares songwriting duties with consistently solid results; a novel reworking of the Yardbirds' "For Your Love" suggests an adventurous streak as well. In recent times, Sublett has turned to fiction writing, publishing a 1989 crime novel set in Austin's rock scene.
Blackouts, The - 2004 - History In Reverse (US) download .
The Blackouts were the best Seattle band you never heard of. To those who bought their records and attended their shows, this is no secret. But for the majority who didn’t, this exciting anthology – long overdue – thankfully now exists. Sequenced in reverse-chronological order, it begins with their last recordings, produced by Al Jourgensen and originally released on Wax Trax! (three Blackouts members later worked with Jourgensen in Ministry after the Blackouts demise), and ends with their debut 45 single "The Underpass." Also included on 'History In Reverse' are three previously unreleased songs from the Wax Trax! session. In 1979, following the breakup of the notorious Telepaths, several members (guitarist Erich Werner, drummer Bill Rieflin, synth/sax player Roland Barker and bassist Mike Davidson, later replaced by Paul "Ion" Barker) re-formed as a new musical alliance – The Blackouts. They had an implosive intensity and were the antithesis of the bar bands that dominated Seattle’s anemic local music scene. Intentional, dynamic songs were the Blackouts’ stock-in-trade. Over the next six years they released four singles and EPs on four different labels: Modern, Engram, Situation Two (a subsidiary of 4AD) and Wax Trax! Few bands from that era can claim as impressive a legacy as History In Reverse.