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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, 16 January 2011

The Oral Exciters- It's A Holiday (1979)

b/w - Tonight

2 great Mod / Powerpop tunes from this Garston (Hertfordshire) group

There is a pic sleeve (Phil Smee designed) for this but I haven't been able to get my paws on one yet! (from a pressing run of 500, I'm not holding my breath)

On Tuesday 1st July 1980 at the local final of the Herts & Beds Rock Contest (Battle of the bands) held at St Albans City Hall
The Oral Exciters won 1st prize beating
2nd, The Walkie Talkies (Hemel Hemstead)
3rd, Toad The Wet Sprockett
4th, Turbos
5th, Mr E & the Imaginations
6th, The Beez
7th, Late Road Lunatics

The band were

Tim Soul (voc keyboard)
Tonk Fewkes (guitar)
John Walpole (bass)
Garry Hawkins (drums)
Alan Rolfe (keyboard voc)
Nick Walker (sax) - guest player apparently not part of the band

Sounds & scans below



  1. Thank you for this single. Really fantastic. Thanx again for sharing.

  2. Many Thankx. You are a great 7" collection.

  3. Sing Sing Records have got their hands on some unreleased recordings of this band. Jeremy let me hear a couple of tracks from 1976 when they were known as Tricky Switch. Good stuff in a style similar to that Slaughter & The Dogs 12" on TJM. Don't know what Sing Sing's plans are?

  4. Tim Soul - Lead singer and songwriter from The Oral Exciters and Tricky Switch here. I believe Sing Sing records are unable to release the material, so I hope to be able to find another label to bring them out, I have my own website
    email: mail@timsoulmusic.com
    I have all the tracks saved digitally now and can burn off copies myself.
    I am just preparing for an exhibition on the local punk/new wave music scene of St Albans from 1976 to 1981, for the Museum of St Albans in March 2011.

  5. Oh bye the way It's a Holiday/Tonight was released in 1980 from an initial pressing of 1000 copies.

  6. Hi Tim, Thanks for the extra info - I'm looking forward to the extra tracks when they are made available!

  7. The Exciters (previously the Oral Exciters)
    video for ballistic jets filmed in the Kensington and Hearthrow airport is now on
    youtube on the link below:


    Courtesy of Punk & New WaveExhibition - Museum of St Albans

  8. I have a signed sleeve of the Oral Exciters but no record. Anybody want to make an offer.