Just another site that's giving you hard to find music

These will be some Rarer tunes (Mod, powerpop, punk, ska, - if it's got a good sound I'll post it) ripped from my vinyl collection. The idea is that now you Know about them, You can seek them out!
If anyone is unhappy about any of these posts please contact me & I will take them off

Saturday, 7 May 2016

In The Gym - Playing The Fool (1981)

b/w - Don't Go Slow

Excellent Mod /Powerpop from this Stourport-On Severn area 4 piece (1979-82)

Bob Willimot (Voc)
Jon Bridger (Guitar)
Malcolm Green (Bass)
Lynton Carrier (Drums) 

The Ex-Stourport High School band's roots begin in 1977 with Malc Green at a fundraiser gig (Cookley Village Hall). Due to a lack of musicians, two band's (Dick Sores And The Masticators & Liquid Lil And The Lilettes) became one (Dead Ringer & The Clones (1977-80) Original Line-up: Shaun "Liquid Lil" Lewis [Voc], Mike "Swoff" Smith [Guitar], Nick Townley [Guitar], Jon Bridger [Guitar], Malcolm Green [Bass], Chris Bridger [Drums], Nev Farmer [Keys, Voc])
Lynton- Jon- Malc- Bob
In Late '79 "In the Gym" came to fruition after flirting with various line-up & name (Bloody Well Right & Streets Ahead) changes 
The 45 was recorded at The Old Smithy Studios, Kempsey, Worcester under the watchful eye of "Muff" - who couldn't even be bothered to "mike-up" the cymbals. (Coincidentally these are the same studios that Bimingham's Dangerous Girls had earlier recorded their Taaga 7" EP)

Both sides of this 45 are also available on the Compilation LP's:-
Lime Wave - The Best Of British Wave Vol.1 - Woolfie Recs (WR9006) 1981
Bored Teenagers Vol.7 - Bin Liner Recs (RubbishLP013) 2014

Bands; Past & Present
Bob Willimot  - Raw Material / Streets Ahead / Planet Bob & The Satellites / The Bob Willmot Experience / Bob's Last Band / Sweet Fanny Adams
Jon Bridger - Dead Ringer & The Clones / Bloody Well Right / Streets Ahead / The Limit / The Beastly Boys / Frendz / Bob's Last Band / Ballroom Glitz / Doctor's Orders / Grumpy Old Guitarists
Malcolm Green - Dick Sores And The Masticators / Dead Ringer & The Clones / Deja Vu / Nun The Weiser / The Mutz Nutz
Lynton Carrier - Bloody Well Right / Streets Ahead / Dead Ringer & The Clones / PDR / Bob's Last Band / Ballroom Glitz

TAAGA Discography
In The Gym - Playing The Fool/Don't Go Slow - TAG2 (1981)
The Everreaddys - Don't Do It Again/Martian Girl - TAG3 (1980)

Useless info - "In The Gym" is derived from Don McClean's "American Pie" - ...Coz I saw You Dancing In The Gym...
Real Useless info - TAAGA stands for "Tight As A Gnat's Arse" 

More Info Here

Sounds & Scans 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Stiletto - Someone Like You (1980)

b/w - Secret World

Cool Female Voc New Wave/Powerpop from this Newcastle Band (1979-82)

Brenda "Bren" Laidler (Voc) Ex Hooker
Steve Daggett (Guitar, Keys, Voc) Ex Spicy, Falcon, Kip, Raw Spirit, Electrix, Avalon
? (Guitar)
Derek "Del" Nattrass (Bass) Ex Eastside Torpedoes
Alan "Dik" Dixon (Drums) RIP Ex Arbre, Hedgehog Pie
Phil Armstrong (Guitar, Voc) Ex Oasis & The Flakes - Joined betwen the release of their 2 45's. After the demise of the band he played keyboard/guitar for another local New Wave Female singer-fronted group "Erogenous Zones"

Stiletto began life in July '79 as a vessel for Steve & Bren to work the North East club and cabaret circuit (Their first gig being Sept '79) By Jan '80 the other members of the band had quit or been replaced. A live reveiew in Weekly newspaper Sounds got them some A&R interest and February saw them enter the recording studio. By late spring they had declined an offer of management by Barry McKay (Lindisfarne's manager) & were signed to Phonogram's Mercury label.
Someone like you was released in September making Mike Read’s "Record Of The Week" on Radio One which led to them recording a "Radio One Evening Session" for him. The band then undertook an extensive tour of Britain and Germany. Unfortunalely whilst in Germany there were boardroom changes at the top of Phonogram which spelt disaster for them as they were dropped.
With only Steve & Bren still dedicated to the band a new line up was mustered which included, old friend Phil Armstrong. A new recording deal was made with Wonderful, a small independent label which led to the release of their 2nd 45 Video. There was a promo video made, (directoral debut for Geoff Wonfor) plus a live National TV appearance on The Oxford Road Show and a BBC2 Forty Minutes documentary - Things were looking good until they realized that the distributors had neglected to put the record in the shops!  So without a manager or label the band bowed out on their home ground with a gig at Newcastle's Mayfair Ballroom.

Someone Like You/Secret World - Mercury Records (September 1980)
Video/Pin-Up - Wonderful Records (August 1981)

Steve & Bren 1982
Extra info
From '82 -'84 Steve & Bren worked as a synth-pop duo (later stretching to a 6 peice with 2 drummers) IT Hz (It Hurts)

Wanna see Bren miming badly with Slade on kiddies TV? go here 

For more info and to find out what Steve Daggett is doing now go here

Steve, Phil, Derek along with keyboard player Bob Plimer played together in Heads Held High

Sounds, Scans & Extra

If anyone knows who the Cheap Trick lookalike is or has any more personnel info please leave a comment.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

V/A - Backlash! (1981)

Scotland's (Edinburugh) Playlist Records follow up to Mint Sauce For The Masses 7" EP that has 5 tracks from 5 bands, all in the Punk / Post-Punk vein.

Significant Zeros (Edinburgh).  (Stiff Citizens - Recorded @ Palladium Studios 20-04-81)

Andy Merry (Voc, Bass)
Gillian 'Dill' Unwin (Voc, Alto Sax)
Iain Mackechnie (Guitar, Voc)
Steve Hill (Drums, Voc) RiP 2006

Formed while the four members were studying at Crew & Alsager college, Cheshire circa 1979/80.
The band emerged from two other bands - Rocky Atomic and the Sub Particles (Andy & Iain, both from Edinburgh) and Small Mammals (Dill from Skipton & Steve from Liverpool).
7" Jungle/Stiff Citizens - Dingy Toons Records (Dinge 1) - August 1981

Factory Poems (Glasgow)  (Passion Dance - Recorded @ Wilf's Planet 12-05-81)

Jack Reilly (Voc, Guitar)
Sander Lee (Bass)
Stephen Baillie (Drums)

7" Infant Soldiers/Up And Rise - Ryme Time(WRS 803) - Nov 1981

Threats (Dalkeith & Woodburn - Edinburgh) (Pacivity - Re-Recorded @ Wilf's Planet 15-03-81)

Jim Smith (Voc, Guitar)
Gogs (Guitar)
Ian Simpson (Bass) Replaced by Martin (Tin) Tucker-Bass
Joe Amos (Drums) Replaced by Mick Amos?
Spider (Backing Voc)

 This is their First release chosen from a 1979 6 track demo tape. (Pacivity / Afghanistan / State Of Shock / Spider / Underground Army / Iron Maiden) All the songs can be found on their Demo's & Rarities CD
Can be found here

Victims Of What? (Penicuik, Edinburgh) (Anybody's Baby - Recorded @ Wilf's Planet 02-06-81)

Stephen Farrell (Voc)
Colin Moxey (Guitar) later in Twisted Nerve
Martin Archibald (Bass)
Graeme Radin (Drums) Ex-The Freeze

 End Result  (Airdrie) (Last Chance - Recorded @ Emblem Studios Strathaven 01-05-81)

David Russell (Voc Bass)
Joe Whyte (Guitar Voc)
Stewart Reid (Drums)

For more info/extras about the bands download the Sounds & Scans

Useless Info - Stiff Citizens, Last Chance & Anybody's Baby can all be found on the Kilt By Death (Sound Of Old Scotland 1977-84) 3 CD compilation

Finally -- If you want to while away a few hours visit the Edinburgh Gig Archive site.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

The Tremblers - Wouldn't I (1980)

b/w - She Was Something Else

Great tunes from Ex- Herman's Hermits Peter Noone's Powerpop / New Wave foray.

Peter Noone (Voc, Bass, Guitar, keys)
George Conner (Guitar, Voc)
Gregg Inhofer (Guitar, Keys, Voc)
Mark Browne (Bass) Replaced by Randy Rice
Robert Williams (Drums, Voc) Ex The Pop

August '78 - After leaving the Hermits and spending some time in  Europe, Noone moved to Los Angeles to drum up a new recording deal. Whilst there, he was asked to do a song for the new soundtrack of a movie titled "We're All Crazy Now". (He was to star alongside Joan Jett and the Runaways as  their road manager, unfortunately Joan was taken ill during the shooting and the film never came out) - Noone did however appear in another film: "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", where he and a cast of thousands were seen in the grand finale singing a medley of Beatles songs.
Noone decided to record the song "Steady Eddy" that he had co-written with producer/friend Roger Harris for "We're All Crazy Now". So he went into the studio with some of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers (Stan Lynch [drums], Mike Campbell [Guitar] and Ron Blair [Bass])
Noone took the tape to his friend Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, who in turn took it to CBS Records, as they had just offered him a label of his own. "Steady Eddy" was presented as being by a new L.A. group called The Dominators. The people at CBS jumped at the chance to sign the group.

Noone, then with the help of various people in the business got together a band that comprised of : Robert Williams on drums- ex-The Pop,
Gregg Inhofer on keyboards/guitar - ex- acid rock band Pepperfrog and had played on Bob Dylan's "Blood On the Tracks" LP,
Geo Conner on lead guitar - who had been with Tonio K. and also done some work for Dyan Diamond and Barbra Streisand, and finally
Mark Browne on bass, later replaced by ex-Eric Burdon and the Animals member, Randy Rice.
Peter Noone played guitar and handled the lead vocals.

L to R George, Randy, Peter, Gregg , Robert
In Feb '80 they changed their monicker to The Tremblers and started working on an album. It was produced by Noone himself in association with Bruce Johnston and Roger Harris.
On the recording sessions were such notables as John Ferrar, Dave Clark, Daryl Dragon, Phil Seymour, Kent Housman, Steve Allen and 3 Elton John veterans: Nigel Olsson, Davey Johnstone and Dee Murray plus again the 3 Heartbreakers: Lynch, Campbell and Blair. 
The Tremblers album, "Twice Nightly", was released in Sept 1980.
The Tremblers toured America, (their first tour as support act to the Beach Boys), and later flew to the UK and Europe for more gigs promoting the LP

In March '81 The Tremblers were back in the studio (Music Grinder Recording Studios in L.A), to record their second album for Johnston Records. Even though the group had a 5-album deal with Johnston, their follow-up album never came out, and the Tremblers disbanded at the end of the year.
Noone was offered a starring role as Frederic in a Gilbert & Sullivan comedy opera "The Pirates of Penzance" which toured throughout the US and visited all the major cities like Seattle, Chicago and Boston.
Noone also took the time to release his first solo album in March '82, titled "One of The Glory Boys". The album had been finished in Nov. '81, before the Tremblers farewell gig at the Forum, L.A. in December. Peter Noone and his session musicians, which included Randy Bishop, Carmine Appice, Art Wood, Jim Johnson, Steve Hunter and others too numerous to mention, had recorded 23 tracks, but the album was slimmed down to 9, with Spencer Proffer responsible for the production.

 45's (All 1980)
 Steady Eddy/Steady Eddy        Johnston Records USA    ZS9 9700 
 Steady Eddy/Maybe I'll Stay    Johnston Records USA    ZS9 9700 
 I'll Be Taking Her Out Tonight/I Screamed Anne        Epic Holland  EPC 8900    
 Steady Eddy/I Screamed Anne        Epic Holland    EPC 8930   
 Steady Eddy/ I Screamed Anne       Epic Spain    EPC 8930   
 Steady Eddy/I Screamed Anne        Epic UK    S EPC 8930    1 Aug
 Steady Eddy/I Screamed Anne        Epic Australia    ES 514    Sep
 Wouldn't I/She Was Something Else    Epic UK    S EPC 9319    7 Nov

LP - Twice Nightly
You Can’t Do That / Steady Eddy / She Was Something Else / I’ll Be Taking Her Out Tonight / Little Lover / I Screamed Anne / Wouldn’t I? / Dad Said / Maybe I’ll Stay / Green Shirt / Don’t Say It

According to Peter Noone the 1982 LP "One Of The Glory Boys" is actually the 2nd Tremblers LP as the entire band from the 1st LP are playing/writing on it. "Twice Nightly" sold so poorly that the folks at Johnston/CBS records felt it better to release the LP under the name of Peter Noone.

Sounds & Scans + Extras

BTW - If anyone has Twice Nightly can they send me a link

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Van Onderen - De Russen (1983)

b/w - José

1st of 2 45's from this Utrecht Band (1983-84) which is Cool New Wave / Pop

Hans Keizer (Guitar Voc) Now in Pub n Lodging Band
Fred Jenner (Guitar Voc) Ex De Jenner Band / Pre Kadanz
Gerard Snijdelaar (Guitar Voc) Ex De Jenner Band
Tammo Heikens (Bass) Pre The Bombay Connection
Ad de Jong (Drums) Pre All The Kings Men/ The Phones

7" Discography
De Russen /José - Sky 4047 (1983)
De Vlag/Eigen Krant - Sky 4112 (1984)

De Russen also appears on the 1984 Sky Compilation LP "Zwart Wit En 13 Andere Stukken" (although I think José is the far better track - More of a Powerpop/Ska feel to it)

Sounds & Scans

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Cartoon - Christmas Time Again (1981)

b/w - Hopeless Case

Well it's that time again.

Two nice Pop Rock/ 70's style powerpop tunes from the pens of V.Bartlett & T. Lamb

Picked up as it's on the Solid Gold label as per The Pleasers 1st 45

The label was active from late 1976-82. The Cat no's running from SGR101 - SGR117 (I wouldn't bother with most of them)

As always if anyone can add any info please do.

Scans & Sounds

Saturday, 28 November 2015

The Push - Geraldine (1980)

UK Press
b/w - Victims Of The Moon

Nice New Wave / Power popper from this Carl Groszman ( AKA Carl Keats Guitar/Voc,) led band.

Australian (Millmerran) born Carl had previously been in 60's art college band Steve & The Board  before relocating to the UK (in 1969) & briefly joining Tin Tin
As well as recording for Ringo Starr's Ring O label, he composed Status Quo's Down The Dustpipe.
Oz & Nz Press

The Push were formed early '79 & their sole 45 was recorded in the Autumn. Having release dates of Germany, Nov '79. The U.K.
 May '80 & Australia, June '80

I'm not sure of the other players on the record but the flip is Co-written by drummer Lucas Fox - who around this time was also the drummer for The Untouchables  (Previously he had Pre-dated Phil Taylor in Motorhead & been in Warsaw Pakt & later was in Goth band The Sisterhood)

German Press
60's Carl

 N.B.   This is not the same band that released "The Cambridge Stomp"

 Sounds & Scans

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Paradise - One Of These Days (1977)

b/w - You're The One I Need

Nice 60's Styled powerPOP tunes recorded on the house label of Fair Deal Studios (Hayes, Middlesex)

Released in October 1977, probably in a pressing run of 500.

Both side's were penned by M Chown & produced by Clubland's owner Stuart Johnson

Short 'n' sweet - If anyone can add to this post please leave a comment

Sounds & Scans

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Surfside 6 - Cool In The Tube (1980)

 b/w - Schools Out

Cool Surf Punk/Powerpop from this Sydney bunch

Jolyon Burnett (Voc)
Greg Masuak (Guitar)
Geoff Datsun (Guitar)
Richard McGregor (Guitar)
Cathy Courtenay (Bass)
Toby Cresswell (Keyboards)
John "JJ" Hackett (Drums)  

12'' Acetate (1 in existance)
Recorded at Trafalgar Studios,Sydney
Produced by Greg's older brother Chris Masuak. (Radio Birdman)
Engineered by Dan Gray.
Mastered by Don Bartley at EMI's 'Studios 301'

This was the 2nd release for Sydney's Phantom label. The original 12" Acetate being cut Feb '80 with the release being May 7 1980
Paul Worstead Poster

Cool in the Tube appeared on the 1983 Phantom Records Paths Of Pain To Jewels Of Glory Compilation LP 

There was also a 2nd 45  - (Can't You See) The Sign// Beach Party/Baci! Baci! - PH-7 July 1981 

Sounds & Scans

Monday, 24 August 2015

Pete Bite - Bite Me I Taste Nice (1981)

b/w - Sex

Cool New Wave / Powerpop from this Belfast born* / London based lad

*Although Pete (real name Peter Mahon) spent most of his childhood, raised by his Aunt Ena in Downpatrick, County Down.

He was playing in bands from as early as 1971 (starting as a drummer before moving on to singer/songwriting). Around 1973 he got his first publishing deal for Mickie Most (Rak Records). Even though he wrote many songs for other recording artists, he didn't release this, his first single until February 1981. Which received the accolade of being in the top 50 "most unpleasant song titles of 1981" - Apparently he was very proud of that!!

There was also a 2nd 45 released in '84 which is also pretty good. He continued writing, performing and touring all through the eighties but in 1993 became ill and decided to quit music for the life of an Actor (appearing on TV programmes such as The Bill and Eastenders).
I'm not sure when he re-lit his musical career but in 2007 he released 2 LP's

Sounds & Scans