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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Punk/New Wave and Post-Punk: The Sound of 1978 #3

We venture for the third time into the great wide open of 1978 to find twenty tunes that for us summed up The Sound of 1978!

On The Playlist
If The Kids Are United - Sham 69
First Top Ten single for Sham 69 released in July 1978 (peaked at #9) on Polydor and the follow up to Angels With Dirty Faces. Die Toten Hosen would release it as a single in 1991 featuring the vocals of Jimmy Pursey. Rancid have also covered the song along with many other bands down through the years.

Dot Dash - Wire
Third single on Harvest from the Wire lads and if their second single I Am The Fly was brilliant then this one must be truly magnificent!

Judy Says (Knock You In The Head) - The Vibrators
Released in June 1978 and wallowing in the basement of the charts at #70 the sixth single from The Vibrators. Their previous single Automatic Lover made it to #35 on the UK Singles Chart.

Downtown - The Cuban Heels
Whilst half of Johnny & The Self Abusers had gone on to form Simple Minds the other half formed The Cuban Heels and this was their debut single on Housewives Choice (great name for a label!).

Rock Lobster/52 Girls - The B-52's
Debut single (both sides) from the wild and whacky Athens outfit on DB Recs released in April 1978. It would get an official UK release in July 1979 on DB Recs and then re-issued by Island Records in August 1979 when it peaked on the UK Chart at #37.

14th Floor - Television Personalities
Debut single from the band that would bring us Part Time Punks in November 1978.

The Murder of Liddle Towers - Angelic Upstarts
Self-Released Debut single in May 1978

Justifiable Homicde - Dave Goodman and Friends
Released on The Label in July 1978.

Both the Angelic Upstarts and the Dave Goodman and Friends single deal with exactly the same subject matter.
Liddle Towers (a 39-year-old electrician and amateur boxing coach) was arrested outside the Key Club in Birtley on 16 January 1976 by PC Goodner. After a struggle he was put into a dog van by six policemen and taken to Gateshead police station. Later, at 4 am, he was taken from the station to Queen Elizabeth Hospital because he complained of not feeling well, and, after an examination which apparently revealed no injury and nothing wrong with him, he was taken back to the cells. He was discharged later that same morning at 10 o'clock.
Both the taxi driver who took Towers home and his local GP, Dr Alan Powney, who saw him later that day at 2 o'clock, gave evidence that was consistent with Towers' own account of having been assaulted in the cells. Towers told his friend: 'They gave us a bloody good kicking outside the Key Club, but that was naught to what I got when I got inside'. Towers died on 9 February 1976 at Dryburn Hospital, County Durham from injuries received at the hands of the police during the night of 15–16 January.
On 8 October 1976, an inquest into the death of Towers returned a verdict of justifiable homicide. The case had been reported in the national press and the verdict was widely criticised, causing considerable disquiet over both the integrity of the Northumbria Police and of police behaviour and accountability in general . On 3 May 1977, the Attorney-General, in answer to a Written Question from the MP for Chester-le-Street Giles Radice, said that the DPP had "decided that the evidence was not such as to justify the institution of criminal proceedings against any officer." Later, on 8 July, the Home Secretary recorded his refusal to set up an inquiry under the provision of S32 Police Act (1964).
The justifiable homicide verdict was appealed and, on June 1978, was set aside by the Queen's Bench Divisional Court, which ordered a new inquest. The second inquest, held in Bishop Auckland in October 1978, reached a verdict of 'death by misadventure'.
The Tom Robinson Band dedicated their 1979 album, TRB Two to Mary Towers, the mother of Liddle Towers. The song "Blue Murder" on this album relates to the death of Towers.

19 & Mad - Leyton Buzzards
I still can't get my head around the fact that this lot ended up as Modern Romance! I absolutely loved this single on Small Wonder Records.

The Addington Shuffle - The Drug Addix
From their Debut The Drug Addix Make A Record EP. The EP was released on Chiswick Records. The band of course is known for featuring a young lady on backing vocals called Mandy Doubt who was infact Kirsty MacColl.

"A" Bomb In Wardour Street - The Jam
Double A-Side with David Watts and a powerful song about the violence of the times! Didn't get an awful lot of airplay but David Watts did and the single peaked at #25 on the charts. Version on the Playlist is from a live performance on Revolver.

I'm Sorry, I'm Sorry - Tanz Der Youth
They were quite short lived releasing only one single. The band featured Brian James (ex-The Damned) and Andy Colqhoun (ex-Warsaw Pakt). Supported Black Sabbath on Tour and played Reading Festival before disappearing. 

10.15 Saturday Night - The Cure
Was the B-Side to the Debut Single Killing An Arab released in August 1978 on Small Wonder Records. The version on the Playlist is from their John Peel Session in December 1978.

I Love You You Big Dummy - Magazine
B-Side to the single Give Me Everything. A great cover of a Captain Beefheart classic.

Ain't You - Kleenex
Swiss Girl Band who first released this as part of a Four Track EP on the Sunrise Label and then whittled it down to two tracks for release by Rough Trade Records. They had to change their name due to a dispute with the Toilet Paper manufacturer who had a product of the same name! They became Liliput.

We finish with a wee flavour of Northern Ireland and in particular the Good Vibrations label.
Big Time - Rudi
Northern Irish band and debut and first single released on Good Vibrations label (GOT 1).

Strange Thing By Night - Victim
Second release on Good Vibrations label (GOT 2).

Justa Nother Teenage Rebel - The Outcasts
Second release from Northern Irish band The Outcasts and their first for Good Vibrations (GOT 3).

Don't Ring Me Up - Protex
GOT 6 on the Good Vibrations label, and another great wee band from Northern Ireland.

Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
Probably one of the greatest songs ever I reckon (and so did John Peel). GOT 4 on the Good Vibrations label and a brilliant Debut EP from Derry's finest.

40 Years of Punk & New Wave 1977: Television Screen - The Raidiators From Space

Television Screen / Love Detective
Chiswick Records
Produced by Roger Armstrong
Released 22nd April 1977

Television Screen

Love Detective

In their homeland of Ireland it was released on CBS Ireland with a Different Picture Sleeve

The single reached #17 on the Irish Charts and is considered to be the first Punk Single to chart in the Top 20 anywhere in the world!


The Raidiators From Space are one of those bands that are often overlooked when it comes to talking about the best bands around in 1977. People often talk of the bands that sprung up in Northern Ireland but when it comes to the South they usually only mention The Boomtown Rats! I think that's a real shame because they should be given a lot more praise for putting Ireland on the map when it came to Punk (the Rats wouldn't release their Debut Single until four months later).

The band were formed in Dublin in 1976 and featured Stephen Averill (AKA Stephen Rapid) on vocals, Philip Chevron - guitar and vocals, Pete Holidai - guitar and vocals, Mark Megaray - bass and James Wynne (AKA James Crash). They recorded a four track demo sometime in 1976 that fell into the path of Chiswick Records via the hand of Eamon Carr of the band Horslips, who signed them early in 1977.

1977 would be a busy year for the band releasing two further singles (Sunday World - September 1977 and Enemies - November 1977 ) and their Debut Album T.V. Tube Heart, all, apart from Sunday World (CBS Ireland), on Chiswick Records.

Stephen would leave the band not long after the album was released and Philip Chevron would take over vocal duties.

The band toured supporting Thin Lizzy and after the album was released relocated to London.

The Debut Single Television Screen was listed by Sounds music paper as one of the Singles of the Week alongside Blondie's In The Flesh and a Weather Report single entitled Birdland.

I actually really liked it because I thought it sounded musically similar to Eddie and The Hot Rods Teenage Depression stuff with that kind of Rock 'n' Roll vibe to it.

40 Years of Punk & New Wave 1977: One Chord Wonders - The Adverts

One Chord Wonders / Quickstep - The Adverts
Stiff Records (BUY 13)
Produced by Larry Wallis
Released 22nd April 1977

 One Chord Wonders
(written by Tim Smith)

I wonder what we'll play for you tonight.
Something heavy or something light.
Something to set your soul alight.
I wonder how we'll answer when you say.
"We don't like you - go away"
"Come back when you've learned to play"

I wonder what we'll do when things go wrong.
When we're half-way though our favourite song.
We look up and the audience has gone.
Will we feel a little bit obscure.
Think "we're not needed here"
"we must be new wave - they'll like us next year"

The wonders don't care - we don't give a damn. 

Here's the story of The Adverts in a few simple steps:

Step 1: Form a band.
TV (Tim) Smith  and Gaye Advert (Black) moved from Bideford in Devon to London in 1976 and recruited guitarist Howard Pickup (Boak) and Laurie Driver (Muscat). The Adverts are born.

Step 2: Play Your First Gig
January 1977 The Adverts make their live debut supporting Generation X at The Roxy.

Step 3: Play Your Second Gig
Their second gig, also at The Roxy (they played there a number of times between January and April), they supported Slaughter and the Dogs (from Manchester). The gig is recorded and Bored Teenagers ends up on the Top 30 album The Roxy London WC2.

Step 4: Play Your Third Gig and Get Signed
Supporting The Damned this time around The Adverts are signed to Stiff Records.

Step 5: Release Your Debut Single
 The Adverts they release their Debut single on Stiff Records entitled One Chord Wonders on the 22nd April 1977. On the cover it is called One Chord Wonder and the label on the actual record has One Chord Wonders.

 Step 6: Get A John Peel Session
On the 25th April 1977 The Adverts stroll into the studios to record their debut session for John Peel. This is broadcast on 29th April 1977.
Songs on the session are:
    Looking Through Gary Gilmore's Eyes
    One Chord Wonders
    New Boys
    Bored Teenagers

Step 7: Go Out On Tour To Promote The Single
In May 1977 they launched out on tour supporting The Damned. Stiff Records used all their wit and wisdom to come up with a great enticement to witness the tour:  
"The Damned 
Can Now Play Three Chords The Adverts 
Can Play One 
Hear All Four Of Them At..."

45RPM: #127: Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones (1978)

Another Girl, Another Planet - The Only Ones
Produced by The Only Ones
Released April 1978
Did Not Chart*

 A-Side: Another Girl, Another Planet

B-Side: Special View

*Whilst the single did not chart first time around it did eventually chart when it was re-released in the UK in January 1992, backed with Pretty in Pink by The Psychedelic Furs to promote the compilation album, Sound of the Suburbs, and appeared in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks, peaking at #57.

(Dutch Picture Sleeve)

(UK 12" Version)
There was also a 7" and 12" released that had As My Wife Says  on the B-side that was apparently released in August 1978. I must confess that I don't think I have ever seen this version myself and the knowledge of it only came from seeing it listed on Discogs!


Another Girl, Another Planet is quite possibly the only song that most people know of when it comes to The Only Ones. You would imagine that it must have been a one hit wonder back in 1978 but it never actually charted and yet still retains a certain sense of being a stone cold classic single!

On John Peel's The Millennium All Time Festive 50 it was placed at #18 (1978 Festive 50 it was #17, 1979 Festive 50 it was #20, 1980 Festive 50 it was #28, 1981 Festive 50 it was #41,1982 Festive 50 All Time Chart it was #24). Prior to the release of the single it had been recorded as part of a session for John Peel. You can hear the whole of the 5th April session here.

Another Girl, Another Planet
Blink 182 recorded a cover of this song for the opening track of Travis Barker's MTV reality show Meet the Barkers. It was later released in 2005 on their Greatest Hits album and as a Promo Single for Radio etc.
I am actually amazed how many cover versions on You Tube there are of Another Girl, Another Planet that attribute the song to Blink 182 and not The Only Ones!

Was the B-Side to their 1989 Achin' To Be single.

On the album Just Say Anything.

You will never hear a Cover of the song quite like this one!

B-Side of Ready or Not single.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Blondie - Long Time (New Video (April 2017)

I like this time of year a lot. I can't actually recall a day where the only posts on the blog are featuring new music. It might be an absolute first (I'll have to check).

Anyway, yet another new album due out in May is from Blondie. Pollinator will be their 11th Studio album and features original members Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke alongside a truckload of guest songwriters. It's been four years since Ghosts of Download and it's great to see them back again and sounding pretty tidy as well.

Long Time (Official Video)

For details of the new album Pollinator that is due for release 5th May 2017 go to the Official Band Website to check out some of the various packages available.

 Fun (Official Video)

My Monster (Official Audio) 
(Johnny Marr Cover)

Coming Backwards - The Alarm (New Video April 2017)

With the first album of new music since Direct Action in 2010 Mike Peters and The Alarm are set to release Blood Red on 5th May the first of two albums this year (the second will be called Viral Black and will be out in September 2017). The album is available here. All the Limited Editions and Vinyl are sold out now.

You can watch a series of videos that were produced exclusively for The Alarm Website where Mike Peters talks about the up and coming project. Watch here NOW.

"Fighting the same battles over and over again" is something that Mike Peters knows about as he has battled against cancer a number of times and this time around he's had to do it with his wife Jules alongside him also fighting against cancer in her life.

Mike Peters has said that this new work presents a challenge to both himself and the listener and as a listener I think he's right. It's not exactly the kind The Alarm music we have been used to and maybe it's going to take some time to fully embrace it. 

We can start now with the first track to be released a couple of days ago as a video from the album Blood Red....

 Coming Backwards - The Alarm

THE PRIMITIVES - New Thrills (Ltd Edition EP - May 2017)

  New Thrills - The Primitives 
(Limited edition maxi-single 10"vinyl)
Elefant UK
Released 5th May 2017

Oh Honey Sweet

1. I'll Trust The Wind
2. Squeak 'N' Squawk
3. Oh Honey Sweet
4. Same Stuff

Notes on the Elefant UK Website
THE PRIMITIVES are back. Paul Court, Tig Williams and Tracy Tracy’s band continue to prove that they are in their second youth. After that exceptional album of covers called “Echoes And Rhymes” and their fantastic last album “Spin-O-Rama”, Elefant Records is releasing a magnificent 10” vinyl maxi-single with four new, original songs by the band, that can keep up with any of their greatest hits.

The guitar that starts off “I'll Trust The Wind” evokes some of the band’s great moments, with a marvellous riff and an incomparable dynamic. Their contagious melodies plus that British touch are evident throughout.

“Squeak 'N' Squawk” is another bullseye, which echoes once again (and why not) other bands’ such as THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN or PRIMAL SCREAM’s finest moments, with a straightforward nod towards early classic PRIMITIVES.

“Oh Honey Sweet” opens the B-side with their more pop facet, less distortion and wonderfully light, with Paul’s voice illuminating everything.

And to finish, so that we don’t forget about some of the British band’s consistent references, “Same Stuff” closes things on a high note with overtones of garage, surf and blues, and a noisy and solid bass riff.

These songs sound as fresh as if they had been composed in the band’s first year of existence. The release will be a 1000-copy limited-edition 10” vinyl.

Hard Times - Paramore (April 2017)

Hard Times - Paramore
Fueled By Rayman
Released 19th April 2017

Hard Times (Official Video)

After Laughter - Paramore
Fueled By Rayman
Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson and Taylor York
Release Date 12th May 2017

Hard Times is the first track to be released that will feature on the brand new album, their fifth studio album, After Laughter. Just from a few listens it would appear that it is along the same lines as the self-titled album from four years ago!

It does seem to have been a long four years since the album Paramore that produced a couple of big hits for the band (Still Into You - US #24, UK #15 and Ain't It Fun - US #10). Between 2013-15 the band had toured on The Self-Titled Tour the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and also a couple of dates in South America.

There are personal changes once again with the return of drummer Zac Farro. He said he had returned just to do the drums for the album and not as a full member of the band but it was announced in February that he was indeed going to be the full time drummer for the band. He originally left the band along with his brother Josh in 2010 and various drummers have occupied the drumstool for live shows and for work in the studio. Zac Farro has contributed to three of the songs on the new album and the bulk of them are penned by Hayley Williams and Taylor York.

Bassist Jeremy Davis has gone for good this time around (he had a period of time away from the band back in 2004). He departed in December 2015 and by March 2016 had begun legal action claiming to be "eligible to enjoy the benefits of a business partnership with Hayley Williams as a co-owner of the band" (you can read a bit about that here). Was trying to hunt down the end result of this but haven't been able to find it yet. 

In a recent interview Hayley Williams had said that, "I was kind of flat-lined and I think that if it weren't for (bandmate) Taylor (York) the band would be over". Good news that, it isn't! 

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