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Friday, 24 March 2017

Rewind: Cycledelic - Johnny Moped (1978) + Bonus

Cycledelic - Johnny Moped
Chiswick Records (WIK8)
Produced by Roger Armstrong
Released March/April (?) 1978

Side One

This hidden track listed as A0 overlaps with track A1. It runs on a paralell groove so, depending on where the needle is dropped in the lead-in area, you can catch randomly either the Mystery Track or V.D. Boiler.

Side Two
Johnny Moped - Vocals, Organ
Fred Berk - Bass, Piano, Organ
Dave Berk - Drums
Slimy Toad – Guitar, Piano

Singles featured on Cycledelic

The B-Side of the Debut single No One from August 1977 was included on the album

A-Side: Darling, Let's Have Another Baby    
B-Side -1: Something Else    
B-Side - 2: It Really Digs

Released January 1978

 A-Side: Little Queenie

Released July 1978

 Johnny Moped

(Johnny Moped were on the Cover of the second album release in 1977 from Chiswick Records that featured The 101'ers, The Count Bishops, The Gorillas, Little Bob Story, and Rocky Sharpe & The Razors)

Johnny Moped had been around long before Punk arrived on the music scene - 1974 was when they were formed (there's some footage of a concert in a garden from '74 and they even had a sax player!)  and before settling on a stable line up they went through a fair few members including Ray Burns (Captain Sensible), Phil Burns (Captain's brother), Shanne Bradley (who would go on to be a part of The Nips, The Men They Couldn't Hang etc) and Chrissie Hynde is connected to their early days as well. They also went through a number of different names before sticking with plain and simple Johnny Moped.

The band played at The Roxy a number of times supporting the likes of Eater, The Damned, Slaughter and The Dogs and were on the bill along with X-Ray Spex, Wire and Buzzocks when The Roxy, London WC2 album was being recorded and their contribution to it was Hard Loving Man. They also played places like The Vortex on Wardour Street and even The Roundhouse at Chalk Farm (which was recorded and finally issued in 1995 on the Basically Johnny Moped - The Best of Johnny Moped compilation) in 1995.

The band signed to Chiswick Records in 1977 on a recommendation from Captain Sensible. Their Debut single No One is one of those great gems of the UK Punk Rock Scene.

The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music names their Debut Album Cycledelic among the Best 50 Punk Albums of All Time!

Darling, Let's Have Another Baby was performed by Kirsty MacColl and Billy Bragg on a June 1991 BBC Session for Nicky Campbell


Their second album, The Search for Xerxes wouldn't appear until the band had reformed in 1991.

Listen to The Album Here

The band are still on the go and have released new music in the past couple of years including three singles and an album - their first since 1991!

Damaged Goods
Released 2015

 Damaged Goods
Released 2016

Damaged Goods 
Released 2016

Damaged Goods
Released 2016

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