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

These will be some of my favourite tunes (Mod, powerpop, punk, ska, - if it's got a good sound I'll post it) All ripped from vinyl. 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

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Spoilers - Appearing On.. EP (1978)

A1 - Has Been 
A2 - Battling On

B1 - The Ugly Nancies
B2 - Boys Night Out

Great Punky/Powerpop from this Southern California band.

The Spoilers began Life on a sidewalk in Westwood, Los Angeles in 1978 where Dean Stefan was spotted busking Clash/Costello tunes by Chis Hickey.

Chris Hickey (Guitar, Voc)
Dean Stefan  (Guitar, Voc)
George Padgett (Bass, Voc)
Bill Hickey (Drums) Chris' brother considered a semi-member of the band when he was not attending law school at Berkeley.

Shortly after this 45 was released Hickey and Stefan moved North to the Isla Vista area of Santa Barbara. Where Hickey enrolled at UCSB and the band got a new line-up under the management of local impresario Stan Bernstein.

Chris Hickey (Guitar, Voc)
Dean Stefan  (Guitar, Voc)
Craig Wisda (Bass)
Mickey Kessler (Drums)

In 1979 This line up was to record a  2nd 4 track EP (Balloon Water Race - Unreleased) that contained
Focus (Dean Stefan)
Loose Words (Chris Hickey)
Mr. X  (Craig Wisda)
Point Blank (Bruce Springsteen)

However a 7" Single did follow in 1980, again on White Lunch Records which featured Stefan’s brazen  "Greta Don't Come”  backed with Hickey’s “Loose Words.”

Having outgrown the Santa Barbara music scene, the band headed permanently South to Los Angeles. Here a 5 track Mini Album was recorded with Paul Wexler producing. The mini album was not released due to contractual haggling with Wexler.
Instead, the band recorded their second 7" of 1980 on Elton John’s The Rocket Record Company. This single contained Stefan’s “Reckless” backed by a new version of Hickey’s “Battling On.”

Kessler and Wisda left the band in 1981.
Hickey and Stefan then recorded a 12-song album, with Steve Verroca (of Link Wray fame) producing. Studio musicians were utilized for the recordings.
They worked together again on Dean Stefan's 1987 solo album Trial and Error
Hickey went on to release many solo albums, co-lead the alt-folk band Show of Hands with future Beach Boy Randell Kirsch (& his wife LuAnn Olson), and lead the alt band Uma.

In 2006 "Empolyment Agency" an 11 track compilation was released which rounded up a lot of their unreleased tracks

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Useless Info - The Appearing On.... EP (Mainly for "Boys Night Out") gets a mention in Shake Some Action - The Ultimate Guide To Power Pop

Friday, 27 March 2015

Shrinking Men & Beevers - Hazards In The Home EP (1981)

A1 - Zambezi Mission - Shrinking Men
A2 - Do You Remember - Shrinking Men
B1 - Office Practice - Beevers
B2 - TSB - Beevers
B3 - Mummy's Little Soldier - Shrinking Men

Nice Split D.I.Y. EP from these Reading bands (1978 - 1982) (although it appears to be the same players)

Brian Pump {Wing Commander Nobody} (Voc)
Shrinking Men
Chris Colley (Guitar)
John Moon (Bass)
Nick Duckett (Drums)
Baz (Keys)
Although according to the rear of the sleeve Stuart, Pete, Chuck & Sweep appear to have aided in the making of the tunes + Phil & Paul make an appearance in the band later.

The 45 was released on Nick Duckett's own label [Pop Records International] & utilised the logo from the legendary EMI owned label, Top Rank. Top Rank was not amused, and took him to court where he was made to put stickers on all the subsequent records explaining that "This Record has no connection whatsoever with the Top Rank Organisation and Pop Records apologises for any confusion arising from the use of the "man with gong" symbol"

45's on the Pop Records International label
1980     El Seven     Magnifico E.P.     POP 000 (800 copies pressed)
1980     El Seven     Radio Tokyo / Turn Out the Light     POP 001 (2000 copies pressed)
1981     Shrinking Men / A Fast Crowd / Beevers     Hazards in the Home  E.P.  POP 999 (2500 copies pressed)*

*Track A3 goes unmentioned on this release. The excerpt of this nameless track (called John's Upstairs) being the only recorded evidence of A Fast Crowd
Page From Beyond The River Booklet

If anyone's interested my pick is the Beevers - Office Practice nice sloppy DIY/Mod, which coincidentally was also comped on Messthetics #006 : UK '78-82 "D.I.Y"

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There were also 2 more tracks (Marginally Adjusted // Visitors) that were included on the 1982 Reading V/A LP -Beyond The River [Open Door OD001] If you wanna hear more Shrinking Men tunes go here (Thanks also to this site for the invaluable info).

Saturday, 21 February 2015

China Dolls - One Hit Wonder (1982)

 b/w Ain't Love Ain't Bad

James Whild Lea (Lead Vocs, All Instruments)
Frank Whild Lea (Drums)
Louise Lea (Vocs)

Originally released as the Dummies "didn't you use to use to be you". Here's the second outing for this 45 - Due to the fact that both Frank and Jim Lea felt the song deserved another attempt. However, the re-release was agian a commercial failure due to distribution problems.

I Could plagiarize but this page explains better.

Non Slade Jim Lea 45's (up to 1982)
1979 The Dummies – "When The Lights Are Out / She's The Only Woman" (Cheapskate Records FWL 001)
1980 The Dummies – "When The Lights Are Out / She's The Only Woman" (Pye Records 7P 163)
1980 The Dummies – "Didn't You Use To Use To Be You / Miles Out To Sea" (Cheapskate Records CHEAP 003)
1981 The Dummies – "Maybe Tonite / When I'm Dancin' I Ain't Fightin'" (Cheapskate Records CHEAP 014)
1982 The China Dolls – "One Hit Wonder / Ain't Love Ain't Bad" (Speed Records FIRED 1)
1982 Greenfields of Tong – "Poland Poland" (Instrumental) (Speed Records FIRED 2)
*Both the labels (Speed & Cheapskate) were owned by Frank Lea - I've included  a Speed discography in the download - if anyone can fill in the gaps please leave a comment

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Tubeless Hearts - Paperback Romance (1982)

b/w - Telephone

Cool Powerpop from this Yorkshire basd band (1981-96)

Trevor Midgley (voc, guitars, keyboards) Ex The News*
Kevin Moore (Bass, voc) Ex Apollo
Trevor Sargent (Guitars)
Replaced by Adrian 'Fos' Foster in Late '82

Simon Kay (Drums, voc)
Sargent & Kay were both Ex The New Tornadoes (Billy Fury’s last backing band,)

Their sole 45 was released on "Posh Records" which was the house label for Bankhouse whose management the Tubeless Hearts amongst others shared. (2 bands being The Gents and The Uncool Danceband (who allegedly recommended the Fairview Recording Studios to them, as Jaqueline was recorded there)

* Paperback Romance is co-written by Alan Quinn & Trevor Midley who were the writing team for both The News 45's (The Other 2 band members being Ivor Drawmer [Keyboards,Voc]) & Roger Harrison [Drums,Voc])

Nowadays Trevor Midgley, Trevor Sargent and Simon Kay occasionally perform under the name of Badfingerz, playing classic 70's hits.

Posh Discography
TOFF 1 - Terry ToniK - Just A Little Mod/Smashed & Blocked (1980)
POSH 001 - The Gents - Faker/The Pink Pantser (1981)
POSH 002 - The Gents - This Way To The Gents [Cassette] (1981)
POSH 003 - The Tubeless Hearts - Paperback Romance/Telephone (1982)

POSH 004 -
POSH 005/006 - Singles - On The Line/Fools Party (1981)
POSH 007 - The Gents -  Revenge/Girl (1983)

POSH 008 -
POSH 009/010 - Kevin And The Press Gang - A Lot To Learn/That's How It Feels (1983)
POSH 011 - Dene Michael And The Thornhill Middle School Choir - The Holy City/Take A Chance (1983)

Go Here if you want to watch Kevin Moore perform as Phil Lynott on Stars In their Eyes 

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

City Limits - Dancing In The Heat (1980 Unreleased)

b/w - No Regrets

Special Xmas treat time - some cool power pop.

This was to be the 2nd 45 but unfortunately it only got to promotional cassette release stage.

I posted the City Limits 45 a while back (see here) which as luck would have it was seen by the bands singer, Ted Waite, who got in touch & furnished me with some extra info.

The Leeds band were (as stated before)

Ted Waite (Voc, and occasional Guitar)
Anthony Peart (Guitar, BV)
Jonathan Beardsworth (Guitar, BV)
Paul Hart-Woods (Bass)
Colin McCaig (Drums)

Now here's some more info:

73/74 Ted & Jonathan were school friends & formed their first band (possibly called Gypsy - memories are sketchy things at best) playing covers of tracks like Radar Love.
75/76 Ted is asked to join a band that already comprises of Jonathan, Paul & Colin (calling themselves Orion - playing more original material plus covers including Black Magic Woman & Smoke on the Water...)
76/77 Anthony who had played in another band with Colin joined & although still rock orientated, New Wave was seeping into their writing thanks to hearing XTC & Elvis Costello
78/79 Ted, after a brief time away at Sheffield Poly, returned and the band honed their sound playing venues in and around Leeds including Haddon Hall, The Staging Post, The Royal Park,The Fforde Green, Brannigans and Vivas around the same time as bands such The Sneakers, The Vye, Agony Column, Shake Appeal, Knife Edge, The Neat, The Alwoodley Jets and The Expelaires
1979 2 demo tapes were recorded prior to the recording of the single, Morse Code Messages.

1- Ordinary Girl / Hawaiian Paradise / Hole In Your Sole - Recorded at the Legendary Ric Rac studio in Leeds
2- Career Girls / Riviera Touch / Stop Press - Recorded at Radio Leeds
3- Morse Code Messages / Just Can’t Say Goodbye / If I Had The Time - Again recorded at Ric Rac studio

1980 Jonathan left the band to get married (although he continued playing in a band called Not In Colour)
The other 4 changed their name to The Fierce Volleys, re-wrote their set (including covers of S.O.S and Statue Of Liberty) and recorded Dancing In The Heat / No Regrets at Ric Rac. They then bolstered their sound with the addition of uber fan / keyboard player Richard Bradney. Although they played live regularly there are no studio recordings of this line-up.
1981 The band were no more....

2007 The original members reformed the band to revive old times see their myspace for photos

If you want to hear what Anthony & Ted have done since go to The Blue Light myspace page

Big thanks to Ted Waite for all the photos / info and sounds he's sent me.

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Angie Rox - Are You Waiting (1980)

b/w -  Interacting Heat

Nice New Wave/powerPOP From this 23 year old London born lass. Recorded at Nigel Gray's 24 track Surrey Sounds Studios & Released (December 1980) on the house label Surrey Sound Records.

Nigel Gray being more famous for earlier Producing The Police amongst other bands & (around the same time as this release) producing Siouxsie and the Banshees.

This 45 was also licenced to a subsidary of Teldec (Ultraphone) for a 1981 German Release (having a release that was the next digit along [6.13 245] to Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin's -  It's My Party [6.13 244 licenced from Stiff]

There was to be an LP released but it seems this project was shelved.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Regal Zone - Factory Girl EP (1981)

A - Factory Girl
B1 - Rich Man Poor Man
B2 - Changing Affections

Cool Mod/Punk/Powerpop tunes on the Lone 45 from this Carlisle 4 peice

Dave McArthur (Voc)
Paul Rivers (Guitar)
Sean Neil (Bass)
Gary Convery (Drums)

Presumably as Gary was a Banshees fan Regal Zone were named after the track on the 1979 Join Hands LP

According to a thread on twitter
Gary works for the Eden Housing Association.
Dave got involved with the church & he now lives somewhere in the south.
Paul is an English Language teacher/lecturer

Factory Girl was comped on Teenage Treats 6

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Z-Cars - This Is Z-Cars EP (1980)

A - Is There Someone Out There?
B - Girls Aren't Just Girls

2 great punk-powerpop tracks on the sole release from this Melbourne 4 piece

Russell Street (Voc), I've also read the name Russel Diggins
Trevor Perrin (Guitar, Voc) 
Craig Russell (Bass, Voc) also in Zorros 
Craig Presnell (Drums).

The 45 was released in August 1980 with a pressing run of 500.

It was recorded at Crystal Clear Studio

Engineered by Ken Stephenson & Produced by Dave Douglas & (Melbourne Drummer) Simon Smith who allegedly aided with the drums on the 45 - For his pedigree just look at the other Melbourne based bands he was in -  AEIOU (1980-81) originaly called The Shots, The Dance Set (1981),   The Gas Babies (1985-86), Macho Clowns (1987-89)

The band formed in 1979, Rob Griffiths (The Fiction, Little Murders) gifting them their name (Z-Cars) which as you may expect is after the 60's UK T.V. drama. They played regularly on the same bill as the Zorros (See the Poster below) Calling it quits in late 1980 shortly after some of them, along with Geoff Martyr were in a serious car accident.

Is There Someone Out There? has been comped on Bloodstains Across Australia
Girls Aren't Just Girls was on Teenline no.5 until it changed to 105

For a full discography of au-go-go 45's go here

For more info & great photos on the earlier mentioned Zorros go here

Finally for more info on the Melbourne Punk Scene go here

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Prams - A's Okay (1981)

b/w - Don't Drop Any Bombs On Me

2 Great skinny tie New Wave tracks from this Salisbury Band.

Alwyn Lovell (Voc Guitar)
Eddie Johnson (Guitar)
Rob Boston (Bass)
Nick Boston (Drums)

Not a bad 45 for a band that started life as Genghis Khan (1975-79) playing Hard Rock / NWOBHM tunes.

Here's a potted history of the band members
Voc:   Alan Marsh ( '75-'79) replaced by; John Butcher* ('79)
Guitar:    Alwyn "Coke" Lovell* ( '75-'79)
Guitar:  Eddie Johnson ('75-'77) replaced by; Ray Dismore ('77) Ian Frost ('77- 02/79) Jimmy McTurk (79) Dave Irwin (briefly leaving Fist '79)
Bass:  Rob Boston* ( '75-'79)
Drums:   Trevor Harris ('75-'77) replaced by; Tommy Mafflyn ('77- 02/79) Billy Morrison ('79) Dave Pounds* ('79)

*Musicians that Recorded "Love You/Lady Lady - Wabbit Records [WAB 61]// Mongol Nation/Gone For A Drive" Wabbit Records [WAB 63] posthumously released as a Double 7" in 1983.

There was then a cross-over of a few months where a short lived band "The Ghosts" came into existance leading to the end of both bands
(John Butcher (Voc) / Alwyn Lovell (Guitar) / Rob Boston (Bass) / Mike Corby (Keys) (Ex The Babys)

Now the Prams (1980-83) came into existence leaving behind them:
A's Okay/Don't Drop Any Bombs On Me (Wabbit WWS 102S -1981)
How About Emee?/Cat That Walked Alone (Wabbit WAB 7 -1983)
A- A's Okay/Perpetual Suburbs/Hypocrite/Exploded/I'm Going Crazy/Don't Make A Fuss
B- Don't Drop Any Bombs On Me/Mongolia/The Sun The Sun/Mirror Mirror/Do The Pram/Twilight Hours (Wabbit Wecords WWL 101A 1981)(released on cassette in 1982 - Wabbit WAB 101c)
Compilation Appearance on WABBIT UNDERWORLD  (Cassette) (Wabbit WAB 200c)

Eddie Johnson - Nick Boston 1980
  Other recordings on the bands own Wabbit Records that I am aware of are
Richard Patrician (?) c1981
The Fluffy Vikings (Cassete LP) EPISODE ONE (Wabbit WAB 40c - 1982)
Werewolves Of London (Cassette Single) - Nocturne A / Nocturne B (Wabbit WAB 50c - 1982) & they also appeared on  WABBIT UNDERWORLD (Cassette) (Wabbit WAB 200c)

Half way through the Self-Recording of the LP Eddie Johnson Left
Coincidently whilst the Prams where in existance (Sometimes still being booked as Genghis Khan) 2 other bands started using the Name Genghis Khan - 1 From Sweden & Another Salisbury band (Originally called Killer - Formed By Andy Boulton (Guitar) & Andy Robbins (Bass) with Alan Marsh (Voc), Ray Dismore (Guitar) [yup them from the other GK] & Steve Pierce (Drums) who released Double Dealin' (4 Track EP Double 7") under the name Genghis Khan before repackaging the double pack as 2 seperate 45's under their new name Tokyo Blade.

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Thanks to Endless Beat (Voices Of The New Sarum Beat 1970-99)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Fender Twinns - Standin' In The Way Of Love (1982)

b/w - Heart Of The Matter

Great New Wave / Powerpop from this Lancaster, PA band 1982 - 86 (Heart Of The Matter being my pick of the two)

Jeff Coleman - Guitar, Voc
Bill Nork - Guitar, Piano, Voc
Tom Jewlett - Drums
John Kelly - Harmonies

Prior to The Fender Twinns Jeff was in the local Punk Band The Blame [Line- up being Glenn Redcay- Bass/Voc Guy Debris- Guitar Jeff Coleman- Guitar/keys/Voc  
Steve Patton- Drums ('79-'80) Blair King- Drums/vocals ('80-'81) For More info on them Go Here]
If you want to hear their 45  Elevator/Little Girls in Hollywood - Atlantic Sound Productions (1980) It's in the Download

Post Fender Twinns  - Jeff is the Owner/Operator of the Steam Powered Recording Studios

I'm not sure if there were any more 45's but there was a 1984 LP Polarity

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