Mortimer - 1978 - General Idi Amin Dada 7'' (SPN) download .
In 1977 the new scene in Barcelona was basicly formed by just four bands: La Banda Trapera del Rio, Basura, Peligro, and Mortimer. Times were tough then, and only "la Trapera" made it. All the others disbanded in barely a year without putting out any full length. This was the case with MORTIMER, and this single here is the only legacy they left behind: a 7" slice with two cuts, an "ode" to infamous Uganda's cannibal dictator Idi Amin Dada, and a song of everyday's boredom on the flipside. Clearly not punk (music wise), MORTIMER were more a straight rock band, not too far away from mid 70s british pub-rock bands but with a hard rock edge. Pure "rock de barrio" from the filthy (then) streets of Barcelona worst districts. The reason why they were included in the punk-pack was both because of a marketing strategy of their label Belter, but also because in those wild days (Franco had died only two years before) their attitude and stage energy was considered dangerous, rebellius, and antisocial. A very rare single (collectors pay good money for it). Our reissue mastered from the original tapes and with the original artwork.
Zeros, The - 1980 - They Say That (Everything's Alright) 7'' (US) download .
The Zeros, aka "the Mexican Ramones," were an American punk rock band, formed in 1976 in Chula Vista, California. The band was composed of Javier Escovedo (younger brother of Alejandro Escovedo) on vocals/guitar and Robert Lopez (later known as El Vez, "The Mexican Elvis") on guitar, who were both attending Chula Vista High School; and Hector Penalosa, bass, and Baba Chenelle, drums, who attended Sweetwater High School. In 1977, The Zeros played their first major gig in Los Angeles at the Orpheum Theater, across the street from Tower Records/Sunset Strip, an influential record store. Opening the show was the first ever performance by The Germs, followed by The Zeros and then The Weirdos. The gig was promoted by Peter Case of The Nerves who later fronted The Breakaways and The Plimsouls. The Zeros' first release, "Wimp" b/w "Don't Push Me Around" was released in 1977 on Bomp Records. In 1978, Penalosa left the band briefly to live and play in Los Angeles, and was replaced by Guy Lopez, Robert’s brother. Soon after, Robert left to live in Los Angeles as well and his brother quit the Zeros also. Penalosa rejoined the band and they continued as a trio, and eventually relocated to San Francisco. In 1980, the band recorded a new single with the songs "They Say," "Girl on the Block" and "Getting Nowhere Fast." After more touring that led to Austin, Texas and New York City, the band fizzled out. More recently, the Zeros reunited one last time to tour in Spain in early 2007. Covers of songs by The Zeros were released by Los Angeles bands Wednesday Week ("They Say That Everything's Alright") and The Muffs ("Beat Your Heart Out").
Distractions, The - 1978 - You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That 12'' (UK) download .
The Distractions were a punk rock/new wave band from Manchester, England. The band was originally formed in 1975 by college friends Mike Finney (vocals) and Steve Perrin (guitar). The band changed tack with the advent of punk in 1977 and Finney and Perrin recruited a new line-up of Pip Nicholls (bass), Adrian Wright (guitar), and Alec Sidebottom (drums, formerly of The Purple Gang), now mixing punk rock with sixties influences. They shared bills with the likes of Buzzcocks, Magazine and Joy Division, and their debut EP, You're Not Going Out Dressed Like That, released in 1979, led to a deal with Factory Records, who released the follow-up, "Time Goes By So Slow". In a 1979 newsletter, Tony Wilson described the band: "Reminds the management of AustinTexas 66, but take your choice". The band had already signed a deal with Island Records in September 1979, before the Factory single was released, according to Wilson "due to irresistable desire to play the game". An album and a few more singles followed, but the band failed to break into the top 40 despite favourable reviews. Shortly after the album's release Perrin quit the band to be replaced by former Ludus guitarist, Arthur Kadmon. The group disbanded in 1981. Finney went on to work with the Secret Seven and the Art of Noise. Kadmon played briefly with The Fall. Sidebottom leads the Republic of Swing samba band.
David Fahy (keybards), Stephen Gawtry (drums), Stephen Smith (bass) and Paul Naylor (vocals, guitar), from Yorkshire, formed the band 'X.L.' in 1976, playing the local club circuit. The band split in September 1978, and a new line-up, now called 'Excel', and with Smith taking over lead vocals, Gawtry still on drums, plus newcomers Allan Walsh (guitar) and Richard Taylor (guitar, keyboards), played its first gig in December 1978. In spring 1979, the band's first record, a four-track EP titled "If It Rains", was released on the band's own A.R.S.S. label (1000 copies), and they recorded a whole 'demo album' (recently released on the 'Low Down Kids' label). In the autumn, 'Excel' were signed by Polydor, and in January 1980 released a second single, "What Went Wrong". Stephen Smith quit soon after and, although the rest of the band (plus new bass player Tony Kelly) carried on, recording four tracks which were released on the U.S.-only compilation "Made In Britain", it was pretty much the end for Excel.
Japanese only release and once you hear this CD you'll ask yourself why? Fans of the late 70`s power pop will love this. High Energy is the word for this band - think Parallel Lines by Blondie but with even more grit and determination or perhaps the Rubinoos on steroids! 17 songs are included here with 7 totally unreleased! You will also hear traces of the Jam and other power pop bands of the late 70's - take a listen - we think you'll agree.
Rok Records was a late `70`s label specialising in new `modern' talent and this 22 track collection includes all of the legendary Odd Bods Mods & Sods'' LP11 bonus cuts highlighting the best of the labels singles releases. Includes rare cuts from Squire and The V.I.P.`s and obscure acts like The Clerks, Blue Movies and Action Replay.