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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.

Thursday 18 October 2012

Shakedown - F.B.I. (1978)

b/w - Wish You Could See Me Now

2 Pop/Rock tunes from this (what I thought was a) short lived Lewes band 

The band started life as Oakenlode & then morphed into Shakedown

Graham Frost (Voc Bass) RIP
Doug Sanders (Guitar Voc)
Bob Palmer (Drums)
Peter Lyon (Keys) 

I'm posting this as 
1 I quite like the B-side although the keyboards ruin it for me &
2 The maybe not so well known link to Mod Revival band The Lambrettas.

Additional Info From Amanda Sanders (Thank You!)

Line-up 1974 – April 1975.  
Graham Frost (Voc Bass) RIP
Doug Sanders (Guitar)
Nick Patching (Guitar)
Bob Palmer (Drums)
Ted Jarvis (keys)
Played at Windsor Free Festival in 1974 + Played other gigs around Brighton, etc.
Went on tour around the US army bases in Germany - February 1975 until April 1975.
After returning from Germany they changed line up.

Line-up April 1975 – 1977.  
Graham Frost (Voc Bass) RIP
Doug Sanders (Guitar)
John Whippy (Guitar Voc) RIP
Bob Palmer (Drums)
Robin Steadman (Keys)

Oakenlode morphed into Shakedown in 1977. 

First Line-up May 1977 until December 1977. 
Dave Purdye (Voc Bass)
Doug Sanders (Guitar)
John Whippy (Guitar Voc)) RIP
Bob Palmer (Drums)

Their first rehearsal was in the Scout Hut in Lewes on 15th May 1977. 
This line up was very short lived – first gig 30th September 1977 and last gig was 25th November 1977.

Second Line-up December 1977 until November 1978
Graham Frost (Voc Bass) RIP
Doug Sanders (Guitar Voc)
Bob Palmer (Drums)
Peter Lyon (Keys)
This line up were the ones who recorded the 7” single on the Kricon label, which belonged to James Chrimes. 
The songs were recorded at the Gooseberry Sound Studios in London in July and August 1978.
FBI was written by Isaac Nossel and the arrangement was by Shakedown. 
Wish You Could See Me Now was written by Roger Lacey and the arrangement was by Doug Sanders and Dave Purdye (before Dave left the band).
After recording the single Bob Palmer and Pete Lyon left.

Third Line-up November 1978 until May 1979
Graham Frost (Voc Bass) RIP
Doug Sanders (Guitar Voc)
Jez Bird (Guitar Voc) RIP
David Driver (Drums)
Doug and Jez did their last gig with Shakedown on 12th May 1979 at The Adur, Brighton. 
They left to form The Lambrettas with their first gig being in June 1979 on Hastings Pier.

Shakedown continued on and off from 1979 up until around 2015. There were various members but constants were Graham Frost (Voc/Bass) and Nick Patching (Guitar)

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Wednesday 10 October 2012

Gangster - Go (1979)

b/w - Gangster

I've just noticed that GFT has posted the 1st 45 by this Dutch (Amsterdam) band & is after a copy (hope an mp3 will surfice for a while!)

Cool glam/New wave sounds with more than a hint of Jonathan Richman's "Roadrunner" [or is that just my ears?]

The songs were penned by Jerry Putter (Voc) & Jhon Weeder.(typo on the label?)
I guess this is the same Jerry Putter who was earlier in The cool glam/powerpop band Melody (to my eyes it looks like the same band*) & later in Blackout

*so again as a guess I would say the Bass Guitarist could have been Ed Evers (ex- Rain)

whatever!!  (as always if anyone can put me straight with some facts - leave a comment)

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Thursday 4 October 2012

Ryder-Desmond - Visions (1981)

b/w - Nobody's Gonna Get My Girl

Great New Wave/Powerpop from the pens of Kris Ryder (see my earlier post for more information on him) & Andy Desmond AKA Miten

To my ears Visions is a bit of a slow starter which gains momentum and becomes a fairly decent pop song (albeit with handclaps). 

It's actually  Nobody's Gonna Get My Girl that deserves a place on one of the many Powerpearls / Shake Some Action type compilations.

If you want to know what Miten is doing Now pop over to his web site

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