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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.

Saturday 31 March 2012

Turning Point - Wave Goodbye (1985)

b/w - The Thread

I'll be honest the A-side leaves me a bit cold (80's pop), the flip is why I've posted it (Nice 60's influenced psyche / beat)

The Essex (South Benfleet?) based band were

Phil Bartlett (voc)
Paul Rawlings (Lead Guitar / voc)
Tony Dawson (Rhythm Guitar)
Martin Dawson (Bass)
Steve Osmaston (Drums)

It was produced by Derek Martin & Recorded at Diploma Studios, Bicknacre in rural Essex, - a small 24-track analogue facility owned by Jim Woodford, whose step-son Darren was chief engineer [later the lead guitarist with Sunscreem]
& was released on Essex label Rambert Records (Jeff Merrifield's creation to primarily showcase the NWOBHM band Warrior)

RAM ONE - WARRIOR - Don't Let It Show / The Lord's Prayer / Silver Lady (10") 1980
RAM TWO - PICTURE MOVEMENT - Art Extravaganza / Still Life (7" p/s) 1981
RAM THREE - CAPLO BANAAL - Is This Love / She Loves My Money (7" no p/s) 1982
RAM FOUR - SHAKERS (Steve Hookers) - Prisoner Of Love / Poison (7" no p/s) 1983
RAM SIX - SPLIT GRASS - Far From Perfect /Wild Women of Wongo (7" no p/s) 1983
RAM7 - JUNGALOOS - Overactive / It's No Holiday (7" no p/s) 1983
RAM8 - TURNING POINT - Wave Goodbye / The Thread (7" p/s) 1985
RAM9 - INVASION - I Don't Wanna Lose You / Gathering (7" no p/s) 1985

(Extended Discography in the download - If anyone can fill in the blanks, leave a comment)

Sounds & Scans

Friday 23 March 2012

Zeebra - Anytime EP (1979)

A1 - Anytime
A2 - Sign Your Name
B1 - Lux Gud
B2 - Night

Nice examples of 60's influenced Mod / Powerpop from this Merseyside (Bootle) Trio (1976 - '81).

Billy Kelly (voc guitar)
Dave Johnson (Bass voc)
John Traynor (Drums)

Zeebra began life in 1974 as schoolboy band - Lux Gud which comprised of Billy & Dave with Paul Dunn (guitar) & Mark Cowley (drums). By '76 Paul & Mark had been replaced by drummers Joe Hickey & John Traynor, Joe leaving sometime before mid '78.

Jungle Records was the House label for Kirkby's Amazon Studios

There are apparently at least 3 lots of recorded but unreleased demos
1. 3 tracks recorded at Amazon Studios, April '78
2. Tracks recorded for an aborted 45 - Satisfy My Soul - at London's the Roundhouse Studios, April '78
3. Tracks recorded at the Open Eye Studios , Oct '80

I've put the band finished in '81 but they did carry on for a few months as The Clique (Good mod name)

Billy was also later in The Excitement. Other members included - Martin Dunbar (voc) Phil Stephenson (bass) Neil Campbell (drums) Steve Grimes (Guitar) - the Core Of The Farm

If you want to hear what Billy is doing now go here

Sounds & scans below


Saturday 10 March 2012

The Students - Sunday Afternoon (1980)

b/w - Somebody New Every Day

Cool sounds outta Cambridge (I guess they'd been to a few Soft Boys gigs)

Guy Rackham (voc guitar)
Jon Lewin RIP (voc guitar) - later in Perfect Vision
James Daniel (bass voc) - - later in Perfect Vision
Tony Shepherd (drums) - later in Telephone Bill and the Smooth Operators //Duncan & the Darts // The Wobbly Jellies & The Bible (keyboard / percussionist )

The 45 was produced by Marc Noel-Johnson at The Spaceward Studios (who incidentally was also a stalwart of the Cambridge scene being a member of many bands. Including - Cops // Telephone Bill and the Smooth Operators // Duncan & the Darts //Andy Goes Shopping // Rob Appleton Band // The Lonely // Rock Island Rebels // Radio cowboys & Now in the New Essex Bluegrass Band)

Useless fact - Whilst trying for stardom James Daniel never gave up his day job at the Cambridge Computer Store.

If you want to know a bit about the Cambridge Rock Family tree (late 60's - Early 80's) have a look here

If you're interested; I prefer the B-side but "Sunday Afternoon" grows on you after a few listens!

Sounds & scans below


Friday 2 March 2012

Joe Public - Champagne Charlie (1985)

b/w - Anti C.N.D.

Nice bit of Mod / powerpop that didn't get a proper release (only white labels seem to exist)

Joe Public was billed as Tony Feedback & Cindy Jackson [Pre plastic surgery days] but if you've followed the link you will know Tony Feedback was Tony Morrison AKA Tony Perfect. As Anti CND was an old unrecorded Long Tall Shorty track*, is it safe to assume he had help from at least some of the then disbanded group.

Steve B Moran (guitar) - ex-Reactions , also in The Rage
Derwent Jaconelli (drums/voc) - also in The Rage & Case briefly in Angelic Upstarts with Tony
Ian Jones (bass) - ex-Reactions
Mick Donnelly (sax) - also 1 of 2 sax players in Case ("wheat from the chaff" EP on SUS - 1982) pre Spear Of Destiny

*More on Long Tall Shorty here who have now recorded Anti CND - get it Here
Follow the links for some nice pics on You Tube of Champagne Charlie & Anti C.N.D

There was a 2nd 45 Joe Public presents Wild Thing (Limey Records) which seems to have been more of a vehicle for Cindy Jackson - tracks were Wild Thing (with Reg Presley) / Glad All Over (with Rick Hukley of DC5) // Talkin' About The Weather / Gudbuy T'Luv.

Sounds & scans below