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

A Place To Find Some Rarer Tunes (Mod, PowerPop, Punk, Ska) ripped from my vinyl collection. If it sounds good I'll post it. The idea being 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 31 October 2010

Phil Canning - Sellout (1979)

B/w - Underground

Great double A sider from Leamington Spa wonder boy Phil Canning backed by the members of Cheeky (who released a lone 45 also on woodbine street records - I do have this 45, if anyone wants to hear it in it's entirety just leave a comment)

The band on the record were

Phil Canning (voc)
Nick Dee (lead guitar)
Martin Hainsworth (rhythm guitar)
Chris Southorn (bass , backing voc on underground)
Mark Slippitts (drums)

This 45 has been blogged before so for more info go here & here

Sounds & scans below


Saturday 30 October 2010

the Heaters - Oh! (1981)

b/w - Carmen

I'm still not sure if I like this or not (I've owned it for years. Sometimes it's a great mod/ska revival track, other times the steel (pans) drums really f**k me off!!)

Anyway choose for yourself...

The Band were

Mark Harrison (voc guitar)
Ian (voc guitar)
Andrew (bass)
Sam (Drums)
Duncan (trumpet)
Dave (sax)
Lyndal (steel pans)
Jackie (backing voc)

Sounds & scans below


Friday 29 October 2010

Angylion stanli - Mari fach (1981)

b/w - Nos sadwrn (Saturday night)

Great tunes from another Welsh speaking band (I think this was their only full 7" release (Mari Fach = little Mari)

There was a later (1982) split 45 with Ail Symudiad (Emyn Rock a Rôl (The Hymn of Rock and Roll))
& a track (Carol) on a compilation - I'm not sure about any other releases!!

The band were based around the Bangor area & were

Tony Llwelyn Roberts (voc)
Trefor Roberts (guitar)
Huw (wirion) Roberts (guitar)
John Carrington (bass)
Glyn (Goll) Roberts (piano, organ)
Gwyn Howells (drums)

If you go to Tony's site you will notice he wrote/directed a drama series called "Emyn roc a rol" based on an 80's rock band in North Wales (nothing like writing about what you know is there!)

If you want to know what Gwyn Howells son is doing go here

wirion = stupid
Goll = lost

Sounds & scans below


Thursday 28 October 2010

the Pulsaters - Modern Man (1980)

b/w - cos we're squatters

The A side is a blend of post-punk / funk (you have to hear it - it sort of defies pigeon holing). Personally it's the flip I always gravitate to! (great dubby punk / powerpop)

The 4 piece came from the Maidstone area and were

John Martin
Lenny Harris
Vance Freeman
Bill Fannery (keyboards)

Sounds & scans below


Wednesday 27 October 2010

Laurie and the sighs - Only the lonely (1980)

B/w - Sympathy

This is a UK issue 45 for the North American Broadway star Laurie Beechman & friends. (I'm not even sure if this was released in the States - I suspect the answer is probably!!)
Neither of these tracks are featured on their one & only LP

Anyway this is cool powerpop/pop rock cover of the Roy Orbison classic. Whilst Sympathy is co-written by none other than the powerpop demi-god D.L Byron (for more of his stuff go here)

Sounds & scans below


Tuesday 26 October 2010

Jetz - Catch me (1977)

b/w - Breaking it down

Nice Glam/powerpopper for you today

This is, again a UK band that only had their music released outside of our fair isles (Holland / Belgium / Germany & Sweden to be exact - all the different sleeve can be seen here)

If you've followed the bored teenagers link above You'll know all about this Cheshunt band & who became what!! -
If you haven't followed it... why not??

the Band members were

Alex Kinder (voc)
Tony Skeggs (guitar)
Dennis Pugsley (guitar)
Tracy Graham (bass)
Steve Bye (drums)

If you want to get a reissue copy of this go here or just, want to hear some more of their stuff

Sounds & scans below


Monday 25 October 2010

Lower levels - Get it (1981)

b/w - So bloody lazy

I have to admit too preferring the B-side on this one (Sort of Graham Parker/Squeeze like)

It's dated 1981 but Music Master gives it a January 1982 release.

Other than the above I know nothing!! - I picked it up because the producer on the A side was the infamous Pat Collier & for some reason the name of the songwriter Floron Florenzo rang a bell.

Sounds & scans below


Sunday 24 October 2010

the Snakes - Teenage Head (1976)

b/w - Lights out

Great Version of the Flamin' Groovies classic on the A-side flipped with a cool punk 'n' roll tune on the B.

The UK band with this Dutch only release were

Bob Gotobed (AKA Robert Grey) (Voc)
Nick Garvey (guitar) - ex Ducks deluxe
Rob Smith (Bass)
Richard Wernham (drums) - ex Bazooka Joe

The Band lasted from late 1975 to early 1977
Nick Garvey then went on to the Motors.
The other 3 played in Art Attacks for a while before Wernham (now Ricky Slaughter) joined Garvey in the Motors & Gotobed joined Wire (as their drummer)

Sounds & scans below


Saturday 23 October 2010

Longport buzz - Canterbury pop ep (1978)

A1 - I'm in love with you
A2 - The daughters of Frenchmen
B1 - I was a Jewess
B2 - Dreamland

As promised earlier in the week here is the debut 45 from these Canterbury darlings!!

See my earlier post to see who the band were.

The catalogue # (buzz13) label & band name all originate from their then abode
No.13 Long port, canterbury*

*thanks to 45 revolutions for the above info

Enjoy - It's not in any way punk but I think it's quaint

Sounds & scans below


Friday 22 October 2010

the Frames - CIA ep (1981)

A1 - CIA
A2 - Crowded rooms
B1 - Could be Paris
B2 - Fifi

Nice ep from this South Wales (Cardiff area) band.

the band according to the sleeve were

Gary Stockford (voc)
Spiro Darmanin (guitar)
Huw Richards (bass)
Gareth Morgan (keyboards)
Dylan Lewis (drums)

The only info I could find on them is here (which states the drummer was Chris Braizer (ex Nylonz & Zipper) & the guitarist was Phil Celia - oh well!!

Sounds & scans below


Thursday 21 October 2010

Moral support - Just where it's at tonight (1979)

b/w - Sin

Another Christian rock band for you, this time Giving an all out blast of punk/powerpop on "just where it's at" & an interesting New wave track called "Sin".

If you like this there is an LP to search out (it's a bit hit & miss though) go to Irishrock.org for more details.

The band were

Andy McCarroll (guitar voc keyboards)
James Davis (guitar)
Alan Gillespie (bass)
William Hilary (keyboards)
Ian Sloane (drums)

Sounds & scans below


Wednesday 20 October 2010

the Aces - one way st. (1981)

b/w - Why should it be mine

This brilliant example of mod / punk / powerpop has been posted a few times in blogland but I figure 1 more won't hurt.

The band were all ex Menace

Steve Tannet (voc lead guitar)
Charlie Casey (bass voc)
Noel Martin (Drums voc)

They released 1, 45 before this with Vermilion Sands (an American female singer/guitarist from "Mary Monday & the bitches" who moved to the London circa 1977)

Sounds & scans below


Tuesday 19 October 2010

Longport buzz - Fun (1979)

b/w - who is he?

Here's the 2nd 45 by this Canterbury band (the 1st will be posted here in a couple of days time)

This is the punkier of the 2 45's but not necessarily the best.

The band were

Henry Sparks (guitar voc)
James Lyle (bass voc)
Ant Johnson (guitar)
Jim Hackford (drums)

This 45 was also released on the "criminal records" label a few months later in May 1980 (I've included scans of the sleeve in the download but not the different mixes. go here for Fun)

Sounds & scans below


Monday 18 October 2010

Joe Sope - Gotta be something else (1979)

b/w - Don't understand

Cool powerpop with mod/punk overtones from this 3 piece on redball records.

The band were

Mick Riley (voc bass)
Pete Sherlock (guitar)
Simon Barker (drums)

With some help from Mick "clogger" Clarke on backing vocals.

Pop over to LDK's site for some more info on their History.

Sounds & scans below


Sunday 17 October 2010

Phonads - Talk to me (1981)

b/w - You and me

Nice bit of punk / powerpop from this Petersfield band.

There's not much point me repeating the band members information when you can read them on the stickered sleeve (To your left).

This record was released in unison with the charity "Wheelabout 81" to highlight problems encountered by wheelchair users in the UK.

sounds & scans below


Saturday 16 October 2010

EL 7 - magnifico ep (1980)

A1 - In the endless sea
A2 - The station I'm In
B1 - Robert Johnson's photograph
B2 - Blackpool beach

El 7 produced 2 45's in their short life. The other was here (info only now) & is here.

The boys from Reading on this ep were

John Townsend (guitar, voc)
Gary Jones (bass, guitar, voc)
Jon Hosking (keyboards guitar)
Steve Maynes (drums, voc)

The more astute of you will notice basically it's a different drummer than on the other 45.

+ If anyone cares, my pick of the bunch is Blackpool Beach (should have been called "on the beach" If you ask me!)

Sounds & scans below


Friday 15 October 2010

the Visitors - Take it or leave it (1978)

b/w - No compromise

Great New wave/powerpopper from Dundee, Scotland

these Visitors were

Jim Thompson (voc)
Colin Warnock (guitar, voc
Martin Gilbert (bass, voc)
Louis O'Neil (keyboards, voc)
Wayne Hutton (drums)

There is another release on NRG records by the Alternators (who are in fact the same band minus Jim Thonpson)

Sounds & scans below


Thursday 14 October 2010

Sacre bleu - Broken promises (1979)

b/w - Mademoiselle goodnight

As 1 person asked for this (thank you Andrew!! - I sometimes wonder if anyone reads my words)
here's the 1st 45 from the Dublin band Sacre bleu

(see my post from a couple of days ago for their 2nd & final 7" + some band info)

As before, pop over to Irishrock.org for even more info on the band.

Sounds & scans below


Wednesday 13 October 2010

The Rivals - Benefit Man (1981)

b/w - Don't Shine The Bright Light

Great punk/powerpop from this four piece.

Glenn Morris (Voc Guitar)
Anthony Kolinac (Guitar)
Ed Johnson (Bass)
Brad Spiller (Drums) 

I can't really tell you anything about this Aussie band (except it's next to Yesterday's post in my filing system)

They were from Sydney - going by the label (named after the recording studio - I believe)

I'd forgotten I had it until I pulled out the other Rivals 45 but on listening to it again, I decided to post it.

* Aparrently not many more than 100 were pressed

Thanks to Glenn, Chris & his partner for the extra info - see comments

Sounds & scans below


Tuesday 12 October 2010

the Rivals - Skateboarding in the UK (1978)

b/w - Top of the pops

Ah the Cool sounds of surf, DIY & powerpop coming together to make the almost perfect sound.

The band's only vinyl output was on "Sound on sound" which was run by a record shop [Rockin' records] based in South east London (Penge)
I suspect then, that they were also from that "neck of the woods".

I can't help you with all the band members names but the tunes were written by
Rob Fincher &
Trevor Crowther

Sounds & scans below


Monday 11 October 2010

Sacre bleu - Move it (1979)

b/w - Just another Saturday night

Some Fine powerpop/pubrock from this Dublin band

This is their 2nd & final 45 (the 1st being "Broken promises / mademoiselle goodnight" also on polydor records)

The band on this record were

Anthony Kennedy (AK) (voc)
Dick Doyle (guitar, voc)
Pat Courtney (bass, voc)
Pat Waller (drums)
Frankie Morgan (keyboards, voc)

Pop over to Irish Rock.org for a lot more info on the band

Sounds & scans below


Sunday 10 October 2010

the Trend - Teenage crush (1979)

b/w - Cool johnny

Here's the 1st 45 from these Manchester area lads.

For more info on the boys see my earlier post of their 2nd 45.

According to their press release they beat 18 other bands in a regional final of the "Melody Maker Rock Contest" for the right to record this record on their own Trendy records

Sounds & scans below


Saturday 9 October 2010

Richard and the Taxmen - Now we're through (1980)

b/w - Honey please don't go
*Chinese takeaway
*Ice skating Rita

As a bonus I've also included their 2 recordings from the Future Earth records compilation "Logical Steps"

The Doncaster based "Future Earth records" released, in my opinion some top powerpop/punk 45's (+ a few duffers)

The Rotherham band were

Richard Walker (voc)
Alan Taylor (guitar voc)
Andy Hoggard (bass voc)
Paul Dickins (drums voc)

I'm pretty sure this is their total recording output as "The Taxmen". but they can be seen perfoming another  track (as well as hearing Chinese takeaway) on the 1981 Ken Loach film " Looks And Smiles" (scroll to 53' 50)

Richard Walker & Alan Taylor did however go on to perform in "The Gatekrashers" who also released an LP on Future Earth called "Too short for a quiff" (more of the rock 'n' roll persuasion apparently)

Sounds & scans below


Friday 8 October 2010

the Kick - Let's get back together (1984)

B/w 1 - Don't ever change
2 - A shot in the Dark

More Mod sounds for you

This time from a bunch of Aldgate (East London) boys who are better known for their later releases on the countdown label

the band were

Kevin Bradley (Voc bass)
Robert Adams (lead guitar)
Richard Brimmacombe (guitar)
Christopher White (drums)

My best guess as to why there are 2 different sleeve; is that the 1st was a rush job so they could sell them at gigs.

The drummer stayed with Eddie Pillar & recorded on another of his labels with the "never as famous as they should have been" Mother Earth

Sounds & scans below


Thursday 7 October 2010

Three party split - Dubious parentage (1979)

b/w - Kandidate

Apparently this Bracknell band were actually called " Benjamin Lloyd John" & Three party split was a side project name.

The band that released this punky/powerpop effort were

Jeff Ross (voc, guitar)
Bern Newman (guitar)
Keith Williams (bass voc)
Alan Muncey (drums)

There was a 2nd 45 planned & recorded but never released.

Sounds & scans below


Wednesday 6 October 2010

Rye and the quarterboys - Fantasy (1982)

b/w - Private number

The band came from the London area & were

Kevin Williams (voc)
Martin Cunningham (guitar)
Nick Hayman (bass)
Howard Beck (drums)
Mike Tomin (keyboards)
Chris Lawrence (trombone)
Stewart Prosser (trumpet)
Greg Brown (Sax)

The b-side is a cover of the classic William Bell/Judy Clay track & "Fantasy" is an original.

You can also find a couple more of their tracks on the compilation LP's "A Sudden Surge Of Sound"(1980) & "Baby Don't Jump"(1982)

Whatever, if you're into a bit of soul with your mod revival sounds then this is for you!!

Sounds & scans below


Tuesday 5 October 2010

Zoomiiz - I'll be your spark (1982)

b/w - photograph

Well, I know even less about this 45 than yesterday's post (except the date is correct)

The A-side is a sort of glam/powerpop tune whereas the b-side is more in the early 70's pop/rock vein.

It will probably not be liked by most of you (not that it matters, as some will!) but it deserves to be heard again.

Sounds & scans below


Monday 4 October 2010

Small hours - Denis (1983?)

b/w - Denis dub mix

Nice mod/powerpop version of the Blondie classic!

I have to admit, to knowing absolutely nothing about this disc (even the date's a guess)

The dead wax has MT & TVJ1 etched into it if that's any help to anyone!!

It was sold to me by a guy that used to run mod/scooter nights, who implied that it was the same band (with a slightly altered line-up) that released the" kid ep" - I'm not so sure!!

Sounds & scans below


Sunday 3 October 2010

the Stingrays - Still in love with you ep (1980)

A1 - Still in love with you
A2 - Wasting your time
B1 - Couldn't get it right
B2 - Walking down London street

Above average New wave tunes from the Stingrays on their only release (not to be confused with the Bristol band or the countless over bands that have used this name)

These boys were

Alan Grey (guitar voc)
Neil Daniels (bass voc)
Chris Gray (drums voc)
Psyd (keyboards voc)

Sounds & scans below


Saturday 2 October 2010

Bureau de change - Attacked by the sound ep (1980)

A1 - I can't live here
A2 - Starry eyed
B1 - Attacked by the sound
B2 - What happened to you

Nice DIY sounds being emitted by this quartet from Sittingbourne Kent.

They were

Les Cadwallader (voc guitar)
Steve Maggs (guitar)
Antony Hayes (bass voc)
Graham McGarrick (drums voc)

BTW track B2 is my pick of the bunch but don't let sway you (+ they thoughtfully included a lyric sheet [which is in the d/load] so you can sing along.

See the comments section for more info & go here for some more unreleased stuff by them.

Sounds & scans below


Friday 1 October 2010

the Index - Jetlag (1978)

b/w - Total bland

This was requested a couple of days ago (I prefer the b-side but each to their own)

The trio were based in the Cheltenham area & comprised of

Troy Tate (voc guitar)
Russell Eliott (bass)
Dave Hough (drums)

The record comes in a stickered plastic/paper bun bag stating limited to 500 & only 100 pence (see scan of b-side when its been downloaded)
("45 revolutions" disputes this saying 500 push out centre & 500 solid centres - so both could be true)

I've had contact from Russ, who has confirmed that there were only 500 (solid centre) copies pressed. This was at a plant near Hayes & all the costs were out of his own pocket. So Troy & Dave get in touch he wouls like 30p each from you! (It won't cover it but it's the thought that counts!!)
It was recorded at the Millsteam Recording Studio in Cheltenham & Technical duties go to Dik Cadbury (Producer) / John Acock (Engineer).

Sounds & scans below