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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.

Wednesday 20 December 2017

The Radio Rhythm Boys - I'm In The Charts (1980)

German Pressing
French Pressing

b/w Bad Dream

Sole release from this Middlesex  New Wave/Powerpop based band.

This did not get a UK release but was put out simultaneously in France [Disc' AZ International ‎– AZ/1 748] & Germany [Strand ‎– 6.12891] (Probably due to their constant Touring of Northern Europe)

The Band were
Martin Pilkington (Voc Guitar) ex China Street
Alan Black (Bass Voc)
Ian (Drums Voc)
Emily (Voc)
Heidi (Voc)
Bo ?

The 45 was Produced by Manchester label "Smile" Engineer Steve Foley

Useless Info - Alan Black had earlier produced the Protex 45 "I Can't Cope / Popularity" [Polydor ‎– 2059 124] 

Martin Pilkington can nowadays be found in The Mighty Roars

Sunday 19 November 2017

Nerve Senta - I'm Alright (1980)

b/w - No One But You

Cool Powerpop/NWOBHM crossover tracks from this York 4 peice

Garry Barrett (Voc, Guitar) later in: Watch With Mother, Overload, Life Support, Ouse Brothers, Stone Cold Sober, Goosehorns, Pepperhearts
John Foottit (Guitar Voc)
Garry Varley (Bass, Voc)
Geoff Locker (Drums, Voc) later in: Aldo’s Orphans' High 'n' Dry, Pepperhearts

The A-side label does mention "Kev" as Bassist (Typo?) plus; Who is Andy?

Garry B, Garry V, Geoff, John
In '81 the band's promoter/manager Dave Leaper introduced the band to Ian J Cole as the they were looking for a keyboard player to 'fill out their sound'
An audition was held at New Earswick village church hall. 1 month later and they were entering Fairview recording studio in Hull for 2 days recording of the LP.
5 months later & 1 mini tour of the working mens clubs, Ian was fired


7" I'm Alright/No One But You - Tense Raven [S80CUS 825] 1980
7" You Turn Me On/Secret Admirer - Tense Raven [S/81/CUS 998] 1981
LP Nerve Senta [SUPLP2002] 1981
Lonely Man/You Raise My Temperature/Can't Stop Me Loving You/I'm Allright/Whose To Blame/Letter To Jodie//Tell Me The Truth/No One But You/The End Is Near/Secret Admirer/Everybody/Jimmy Rebel

Sounds And Scans

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Cheek - Powerpop Purveyors EP (1980)

A1 - Do You Have A Soul   
A2 - Take Me For What I'm Worth 
B1 - So Much In Love   
B2 - Still In love

Cool 60's styled Powerpop EP from this Sydney based (Covers) band (1976-78) post-humously released through Greg Shaw's Bomp/Voxx Records

Original line-up:
Lee (Peter) Emmett (Voc) ex Jasper 
Robin Jackson (Guitar) ex Hush, Ricochet
Randy Hall (lead guitar)
Felix Maslin RIP (Bass Voc) ex Jasper
Bud Mangion (Drums) ex Jasper

Lee Emmett, Felix Maslin and Bud Mangion first joined forces in 1974 as Jasper, who issued one 45 [Lola], in early 1976 before calling it a day. (The other member being Steve Hall - Guitar)
The 3 then became Punkz with the addition of Robin Jackson (original lead guitarist with Hush) and Randy Hall, who was quickly replaced by Ray Goodwin (ex-Dragon, John Paul Young and the All Stars).
Punkz came to the attention of Ol'55 manager, pop guru Glenn A. Baker, who helped mould their 1960s revivalist image. With Mushroom Records issuing the singles `Anyway You Want It' and `Take Me for What I'm Worth' Unfortunately though, the band's name was to count against them.
[Being named after the "Nuggets" US 60's punk movement, instead they found themselves being  compared to the punk bands in the UK with whom they had nothing in common. The disconnect between the band's name and their image effectively doomed their records to the deletion racks.]
Goodwin left soon after and the band responded by changing its name to Cheek.
A cover of the Mighty Avengers’ "So Much In Love" was Cheek’s debut single for Mushroom in  December 77. Around this time they also began recording an album, with the addition of Troy Richards on keyboards and guitar.
Unfortunately the album was never finished, and their final single, the Rubinoos' "Leave My Heart Alone", was again unsuccessful, the band split in August 1978.

Jackson and Mangion joined the 'Chris Turner Band' and Maslin joined Adelaide's 'Fat Lip'.

Maslin died as a result of an asthma attack in 1988.

45's Discography
Punkz - Anyway You Want It / I Can't Control Myself - Mushroom K-6631 12/1976
Punkz - Take Me For What I'm Worth / Good Times - Mushroom K-6815 06/1977
Cheek - So Much In Love / Do You Have A Soul - Mushroom K-6998 12/1977
Cheek - Leave My Heart Alone / Still In Love - Mushroom K-7169 06/1978

Sounds & Scans

Saturday 9 September 2017

The Little Roosters - She Cat Sister Floozie (1979)

b/w - Roostering With Intent

The Little Roosters (1978-83) featured the following musicians:.. ..

~Garrie Lammin (Guitar & Vocals 79-83) Ex Cock Sparrer
~John Hunt (Bass 79) Ex -The Stewardz
~Graeme Potter (Drums 79-80) Ex -The Stewardz left to join Glen Matlock in the Spectres
~Gary Eve (Keys 79-83)
Steve Bruce (Drums 80-82)  Ex Cock Sparrer
Steve Burgess (Bass 80-82)  Ex Cock Sparrer 
Alison Moyet (Vocals 80-82) Ex The Vandals/The Vicars
Barrie Mizen (Guitar 81-83)

Garry And The Roosters (1984-86)
Garrie J. Lammin (Vocals, Guitar), Glen Sommerville (Guitar, Violin, Mandolin), Peter Gunn (Guitar, Vocals), Micky Owens (Guitar), Ben Donnelly (Bass), Seamus Beaghen (Hammond)

L-R Gary L, Graeme P, Gary E, John H
The Little Roosters were formed late '78 by Gary Lammin, shortly after the break-up of his first group, Cock Sparrer. They rehearsed around Romford and Hornchurch for a few months before making their live debut at the legendary Bridge House Pub, Canning Town in Feb'79. Early devotees on the original Mod '79 scene championed them due to their 60’s style garage/guitar based R&B + Gary’s cheeky cockney charm was very reminiscent of the Small Faces' Steve Marriott.
After reports that "Going Round "was to be their debut 45, the bands first single ‘She Cat Sister Floozie’ came out in Nov 79 [Record of the week by Radio 1’s Mike Read] Sales were poor; by the end of the year John Hunt had been replaced By Steve Burgess & by early '80 Graeme Potter had left to join The Spectres leaving the drum stool for Steve Bruce to fill. In March the band released their second 45, a cover of the Otis Redding classic ‘That’s How Strong My Love Is’ [Again record of the week by Mike Read] It was sometime after this 45 that Gary Eve introduced Alison Moyet to Garrie Lammin (apparently so enamored with her voice that he planned at some point not to just have her as a guest vocalist but to have her take over the lead vocal). Basildon Girl, Alison toured all over Britain and Europe with the Roosters, it was actually while she was on stage with the Roosters (At The Bridgehouse) that Vince Clarke saw her and approached her to join a project he was putting together called Yazoo.
Their 3rd 45 [I Need A Witness] & debut album were Produced by Clash front man Joe Strummer [he also played piano for the sessions] This saw them get a TV appearance on‘Get It Together’ an early evening pop show at the time. Their 4th 45 [People Break Down] & the LP were France only releases possibly signing the death knoll for this line up as Bruce & Burgess left to reform Cock Sparrer leaving the others to carry on until sometime in '83.
Another change in style came in '85, with the album Shake It Down, released under the name Garrie And The Roosters, featuring performances from members of The Inmates and Big Heat along with drumming and production credits going to Jon 'Eddie' Edwards from The Vibrators. In '86 Gary decided to quit the music career & focus on his acting career. earning big screen action parts in The Informant, The Calcium Kid and Riff Raff along with numerous roles on TV including parts in Eastenders, and Auf Wiedersen Pet.
 NME - 25-08-79
Since the turn of the millennium, Lammin has become more focussed on music again, with The Zen Buddah Boot Boys and The Bermondsey Joyriders being his latest projects, seeing him work with Producer Dave Goodman and Martin Stacy of Chelsea.

She Cat Sister Floozie/Roostering With Intent - Pye [Nov 79]
That's How Strong My Love Is/Suspicious - Ami [March 80]
I Need A Witness/The Age Of Reason - Ami [Oct 80]
People Break Down/Ain't Proud - Polydor France [81]
The Little Roosters - Polydor France [81] - Recorded @ London’s Pye (Rockstar) Sudios in 1980
People Break Down/I Need A Witness/Ain't Proud/She's So Strange/I Have A Dream//Hot Black And Sweet/Pity For You/Disease/(Meet Me With Your) Poison/Uhura/Bad Bob
Roostering With Intent [Taped Late '79 on VA - London R&B Sessions]

Useless Info 1 Instead of being paid cash for his production services, The Roosters’ manager arranged for Strummer to receive extensive dental work.

Useless Info 2 In April 1986 The Little Rooters were part of "The County Line" [Essex artists for BBC children in need]

Scans & Sounds + 

Saturday 12 August 2017

Zorkie Twins - Mr. Simpson (1980)

b/w From Now On

Nice Sounds from this Birkenhead based New Wave / Mod act, operating out of Buckley/Hawarden and Chester [1979 - 1981]

Mike Kendrick (Voc Guitar)
Colin Miller (Guitar Voc)
Paul Bedford (Bass)
John Roberts (Drums).

Their first recording dates from June 1979 and was a track "Sooner or Later" on the Merseyside independant label Skeleton Records 7" EP compilation Blank Tapes Vol. 1 [SKL 002 Released 14-12-1979] Produced by John Brierley owner and manager of the Cargo Studios in Rochdale  (NB - If you follow the link, have a look at the Studio Planners)

Bulls Head 1980 L-R  Paul Mike John
 In June 1980 The band released their Sole 45 "Mr. Simpson / From Now On" - Skeleton records [SKL 6]

In November of the same year they provided another track "Little Arthur" to the Compilation LP "...A Trip to the Dentist" again For Skeleton Records [SKLLP 1] 

After the demise of the band in 1981, Colin Miller (Voc, Guitar), Paul Bedford (Bass) & John Roberts (Drums) went on to form The Rhythm Squad.

Useless Info - Other (Unreleased) Tracks by the band include - Close Encounters Of Girl Kind/Tracks To My Heart/Don't Push Me/She's So Pretty/Too Good To Be True [info from myspace]

Scans & Sounds (Of All Records Mentioned)

Saturday 15 July 2017

Offspring - Get It Right (1983)

 b/w Doctors And Nurses

2 Psych-lite tunes (that would have easily fit on the recently updated "Another Splash Of Colour" Compilation) from this Bethesda based band.

Members included
Les "Paul" Morrison (Voc, Bass) RIP (ex Cut The Mustard & later in Mwg)
Alan Williams (Guitar)
Mik-E Punk [Sion Jones] (Guitar)
Hefin Huws (Drum, Voc) (later of Maffia Mr Huws, Anhrefn, Llwybr Cyhoeddus) 
Quapa (Backing Voc)
Tracy Kennedy (Backing Voc)

The 45 was recorded at Blue Cave Studio in Ystalyfera, Swansea Valleys & released on Cottage Records Both being run by Richard ‘Moz’ Morris’ (Vortex/Trobwll).

The other Recorded output from this time was a Radio Session for John Peel [Recorded 27/04/83, Aired 05/05/83] - The 4 tracks were:
One More Night / Beautiful Eyes / Baby / Round And Round
& a 2nd 45 Not a Sad Song/One More Night - Offspring OP001 (1984) 

Morrisons’ greatest contribution was as a Producer and his [8 Track] Studio, Stiwdio Les, on Bethesda High Street, was an important landmark in the Welsh Language Scene throughout the ’90s. He recorded an array of bands there as well as producing many others at the Sain Studios at Llandwrog and Recordiau Fflach in Cardigan.
Morrison went on to spend many years working for the Super Furry Animals as a guitar and sound technician and toured extensively with them throughout Europe, America, Australia and Japan.
On the day of his death (29-04-2011) Gruff Rhys wrote on his blog:
“He was a tireless friend and mentor to countless musicians and producers not only in Bethesda and Wales, but with his exemplary social skills and unflinching spirit of adventure, he befriended and touched people’s hearts the world over.”

For a nice tribute & decent photos go here

Sounds & Scans

Saturday 10 June 2017

The Prefects - I Wanna Make Love (1982)

b/w Up All Night

"Percolated Pop dressed in Scraggy Schoolboy Uniforms" (M. Jarrett) Or "Cool Powerpop" from this Perth 4 piece (1979-82)

Doug Allmark - Voc Bass
Tom Matthews - Guitar Voc
Michael Wiltshire - Guitar Voc
Brad Mack - Drums

Discography (2 45's)
L To R Tom, Brad, Doug & Michael
Wait Until Midnight / Little Boys -Infinity K-8487 - 1981
I Wanna Make Love / Up All Night -Infinity K-8682 - 04-1982
both being recorded at the "AAV"  Recording Studios in Melbourne,

There are 2 earlier unreleased tracks recorded Live on Shirl's Neighbourhood (1980) available on You-Tube Restless Nights & Breaking The Rules
The Band then being : Douglas Stehelin Allmark [Voc Bass], Leo Glass [Lead Guitar Voc- later in attcha], Michael Wiltshire [Rhythm Guitar Voc], Brad Mack [Drums],  John Nyman [Keys - later in Geisha]

Wait Until Midnight is Comped on the Pop Power From The Garage (Australian Power Pop 74-86) CD 2014

Useless Info - Drums on The Wait Until Midnight 45 were allegedly played by Rick Evans (I guess [if true] Brad couldn't be bothered to make the journey over to Melbourne?)

Sounds, Scans & Extras

Saturday 13 May 2017

3 Imaginary Boys - Let It Go (1980)

b/w Against The World

Great Punk / Powerpop from this Forest of Dean (Cinderford) Gloucesterhire Trio 

If you like the Mod Revival Sound of the Early 80's then give this a go, especially Against The world

Oliver "Ollie" Cherer - (Voc, Guitar, Keys)
Steve "Studge" Worgan - (Bass, Voc)   Now in The Dirk Spangle Five 
Studge, Wog & Ollie
Mark "Wog" Worgan - (Drums, Voc)   Ex Trial Offer (1979-81)

Recorded at the infamous Loco Studios Llanhennock, Nr Usk, Monmouthshire, NP18 1LU, Wales

Useless Info - The name 3 Imaginary Boys is presumably named after The Cure's 1979 Debut LP of the same name

Sounds, Scans & Extras

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*    

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