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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

Friday, 14 April 2017

Tour De Force - Beat The Clock (1981)

b/w - Undecided

Great New Wave from this London based, Harvey Goldsmith managed all girl group (1978-1982)

Carol Stocker (Voc on 1st 45) - Ex Zigoyna, replaced by Viv Corringham  (Voc) - Ex Zigoyna 
Deirdre Cartwright (Guitar Voc) - Ex Painted Lady*  
Bernice Cartwright (Bass Voc) RIP ex Ivy Benson Showband
Jackie Crew (Drums Voc 1979-80) - Ex Mother Superior, replaced by Val Lloyd (Drums Voc 1980-82) - Ex Painted Lady*    

Discography
Night Beat/Tour De Force - United Artists - 1980 (Released July 1980)
School Rules/We Don't Talk - Phantom - 1981 (Released Nov 1981) 
Beat the Clock/Undecided - Wongo - 1981 (Released June 1982)


Unreleased Live Track Scandal c1979 along with some great old photos here
 

TdeF @ The Greyhound, London
*Painted Lady [1975-78]
Conceived as a pub covers band, school friends from Wandsworth, South London, Kim McAuliffe (Voc, Rhythm Guitar) and Dinah Enid Williams (Voc, Bass) together with Deirdre Cartwright (Lead Guitar) & Tina Gayle (Drums) formed an all-girl group. Val Lloyd replaced Gayle on drums and they started playing the local pub scene. When Cartwright left in late '77 her place was briefly taken by visiting American Kathy Valentine, who answered an ad in the back pages of "Melody Maker" When Valentine returned to the United States in 1978 [forming the Textones and later joining The Go-Go's] Painted Lady broke up.
McAuliffe and Williams still wanting to pursue a musical career recruited Kelly Johnson (lead guitar) and Denise Dufort (Drums) & in April 1978 the new line-up changed their name to Girlschool [taken from the B-side of the 1977 Paul McCartney & Wings 45 "Mull of Kintyre"]

Useless Info 1 - Carol Stocker was backing vocalist on the 1980 LP's Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Chance & Aviator - Turbulence

Useless Info 2 - Towards the end of TdeF's tenure Deirdre Cartwright was also playing with the Jazz/Latin group The Guest Stars & it was one lunchtime In 1983, busking be-bop tunes in Covent Garden with two other "Guest Stars" that Deirdre was spotted by producer Chris Lent who offered her the job of guitar presenter on the BBC's ground-breaking show Rockschool. The two series of BBC TVs Rockschool attracted audiences of 2 million viewers every week in the UK and were subsequently shown worldwide. 

Scans & Sounds for all 3 45's

Saturday, 11 March 2017

The Word - I Think I'm Falling In Love (1980)

b/w Angel

Great Powerpop from this Canberra band (1978-80)

Michael (Spike) Moriarty (Voc, Guitar) Now In "The Gadflys"
Terry Sounder (Voc, Guitar) later in "No Concept"
Frankie Villegas (Bass)
Darcy Deegan (Drums)

Also Rans were Peter Palij (Guitar) & Archie Van Der Glass (Bass)

Even though they satrted life in Camberra, they soon made the move to Sydney, living in Bondi Beach and regularly playing the local dives (The Metropole Tavern, Astra Hotel etc).
Aparently they called it a day just before an organized nationwide tour was about to begin.

The 45 was released on Festival subsidiary Infinity with Festival house producer Martin Erdman sat behind the desk.

Spike, Darcy & Frankie
Some more info here


If you want more info on the Canberra Punk Scene go here


Sounds & Scans

Saturday, 11 February 2017

The Ways - Thursday (1981)


 b/w - Was It Real?

Classic Powerpop from this Northern (Union) New Jersey Quartet  
 
Ira Spinrad (Gtr,Voc) 1986-Now The Hammers
Mike Andreola (Gtr,Voc) 
Gene O'Brien (Bass)
Mark Papianni (Drums)


In 1981, 4 friends from Union and Newark, New Jersey got together to make a record. They commited to tape "Thursday" and "Was It Real" at Century Sound Studios in Sayreville, N.J.

Their Sole 45 was Produced by Paul (Plonka) Christopher and Engineered by Sam DeSalvo. It was Mastered by Bob Speiden, in North Plainfield.

The Picture Sleeve was designed by local DJ and "Power House" Tattoo artist, Diane Farris.

After it's release, the Ways played live shows for about 6 months before calling it a day.

L-R - Mark, Mike & Ira
Side A is Comped on Powerpearls Vol 7 
Side B is Comped on Teenline Vol 5  

Useless info 1 - Gene O'Brien had a brief stint in the Modulators

Useless info 2 - Century Sound Studios was also used by Jon Bon Jovi for some of his early recordings.

If you want to get hold of a copy of this 45 contact Ira on their Facebook page.

Sounds & Scans

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Les Playboys - Loup-Garou EP (1982)


Les Playboys - Loup-Garou EP (1982)

A1 - Loup-Garou
A2 - Je Perds Mon Temps
B1 - Le Roi Des Fous
B2 - L'Homme De Tanger

Great 60's Beat / Garage from this French (Nice) Mod Band


François Albertini (Voc)
Michel Nègre (Guitar/Keys)
Frederic Martinez (Guitar)
Franck Durban (Bass)
Philippe "Fifi" Lejeune (R.I.P. 1990)(Drums)

From the Ashes of "High School Friends" Punk Band "Dentists" (1976-79)[Members being : François Albertini (V), Jean-Marc Seni (G),Pierre Nègre (G), Frank Durban (B), Philippe Lejeune (D)] arose Les Playboys (1980 -) with their particular brand of 60's Garage Rock.

As they are still playing, I'll leave it to you to read about them but...

Useless info 1 - They used to have a group of 8 "60's Go-Go Girls" called "Ginettes" (Chicks in English) backing them on stage

Uselss Info 2 - François Albertini once stood in for Vocal duties at a Fleshtones Gig as Peter Zaremba
was stuck in Mexico due to an airline strike.

I've also included their 2nd 45 in the d/load

Sounds & Scans