The Grout – Do It Yourself E.P. 7″

grout_diy.jpgI love Dizzy at Detour:”Boosted by the fact that the guitarist now had a full set pf strings and the drummer actually had a Hi-Hat, the guys played their first gig at a girls’ house party (the gig that is seen on the EP sleeve). Band rehearsals took place in a large hen shed on a nearby farm, but was later demolished so the band had to move to the loft on the other side of the farm.“.


Totaly messed up amateurish punk rock that is one you truly love or hate. To me this is as close to punk rock perfection you can get. Out of tuned guitars and want-to-play-faster-but-can’t but played with the right attitude so you can hear that these guys are for real and really enjoy what they’re doing. Hey kids! Get inspired and stop wanking around with trying to become better at your instruments. Record your shit now and release it!


Country: UK
Year: 1979
Label: Urinating Vicar
Format: 7″
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19,170 Responses to The Grout – Do It Yourself E.P. 7″

  1. Rich says:

    My oh my, never thought I’d get to hear this one. Rowdy, inept, essential! Fantastic post.

  2. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Rich, I’m glad to see someone so exited like you :). enjoy!

  3. Pogel says:

    Some may think the name Grout has the meaning of the masonery material you put between tiles, but could it also be a reference to the devious con Harry Grout form the clasic sitcom Porridge?

  4. steve says:

    I’d agree with Pogel, but I think they’d then’ve been called Grouty, more like. I bet the band have been quizzed endlessly on how many copies they pressed (100?) and if they’ve got an auntie who might have one she’d sell, but hasn’t anybody asked the band about the name? And wasn’t there some 90s indie UK and called Godber, while we’re at it?

  5. dylan says:

    i love this record. i heard it for the first time ever after it finished downloading, and its really really GOOD!

  6. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    We’re glad to make you happy Dylan :).

  7. brian says:

    To my ears the best of the rare ones from the UK.

  8. onychotillomaniac says:

    Yes! Fuckin’ raw and tasty! Thanks.

  9. Tone Deaf says:

    Tone Deaf hear from The Grout. Glad you like our “output” from many years ago. The records cost us £160 for 100 and we sold them at a loss, made the sleeves ourselves. The Disc on this blog is the re-released EP from a year or ago. It was released without our consent, but we did sod-all about it. Detour Records are not “licenced” to issue the EP as the label on each one states.
    The band all live now within a 3 mile radius of each other. 4 of us meet up at least once a week. Chris and Ian still make music and sometimes perform. The style is very different! We were getting a website together but nothing has happened, I think we have the domane name, but not much else. Tone Deaf, Lancashire, England.

  10. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Hi Tone Deaf! Nice hearing from you. Yes, it’s the re-release posted here. Too bad Dizzy didn’t contact the band about doing a proper reissue. If you want the tracks taken down here I’ll do it! Keep me informed about what’s happening with the band.

  11. Tone Deaf says:

    Hello Flakes Drummer,

    No problem with the tracks being on here. Ta.

  12. LustForDeath says:

    I have the reissue and it is NOT on Detour.It is Last year’s youth records.I seriously thought this label only released legal records! As for Detour,they say they are fighting the bootleggers! I was cionvinced that all there release were done with consent of the bands! Was the Grout tracks on the first Bored Teenagers volume illegally used? Weird!

    By the way,i totally love this 7″.Pure and authentic punk rock monster.

  13. E. says:

    Same with THE NOW- into the 80s. Seems this wasn’t legit either.

  14. Tone Deaf says:

    The 2 Grout tracks on the first (detour) Bored Teenagers album were legit. The other 2 tracks from the EP, as on the re-release by Last years Youth, were the 2 that were without our consent. Although the re-release was on “Last Years Youth” label, the stickers on them “Licenced by Detour Records”, quite surprised us!
    Glad you like the tracks. We have some other un-released studio tapes that are pretty poor shape now due to possibly faulty “Ampex” tapes in the early 80’s. Also some cassette recordings of a local gig or two.

  15. Tim S. says:

    As a friend of Last Years Youth and The Now, let me inform you, that the „Into the 80s“ reissue was 100% official!!! LYY did 2 deitions of the single, the Album and a Japan CD later on and helped recording the new stuff, so no bootlegging here!
    As for The Grout, LYY got the licence from Detour, sad to hear, that Detour wasnt allowed to do so…but I dont know more about that, as I got to know them later…

  16. Mike says:

    What a great record, impossible to get the original for under $1000! Tone Deaf (drums?) I have a question: where in the UK were Grout from? I’ve always wanted to know.

  17. Martin says:

    Roundabout Lancashire, North England

  18. paul paint says:

    hi paul paint ere! i was guitarist in the grout
    most of the tracks we did then used up all of about 4 chords we knew at the time,my best memories are when we played the live at the hut gigs at simmys farm knee deep in hen shit every saturday night a few fights and at least one rape!in a recent copy of record collector magazine we were in the top 8 rarest and most valuable punk releases alongside the pistols etc.not sure about the legality of l.y.youth but who gives a fuck?

  19. matty says:

    awesome this record is.
    Im currently in a band with the drummers son, didnt know his dad had such a fuckin cool band :P

  20. Rowan! says:

    I’m going out with the drummer daughter! Its so cool knowing that your girlfriends dad was once in on shit hot band!

  21. Rowan! says:

    I go out with the Drummers Daughter! Its shit hot knowing Her Dad was in a shit hot punk band!!

  22. Ted says:

    I live with Bassists sister, does this trump drummers daughter?

  23. Chris Connelly says:

    Great Record,
    I am trying to get in touch with members of The Grout.
    I am an independent book writer and designer from Manchester currently working on a book about Cargo Studios in Rochdale. It is about all the artists who recorded there 1977 to 1984. I have spoken to a few people and the book is looking great.
    If so I would be very grateful if you could spare some time to answers questions (via e-mail or in person) regarding the studios and the times that you may have recorded in there. .
    Many thanks for your time, and thank you for making great music.

  24. Corpus77 says:


  25. John McGowan says:

    I bought this at a record show here in town 2 years ago and Yes it is awesome

  26. Gaz Banacek says:

    Heyup Punk fans, i have an original copy of the record. Paul paint (lead guitar) was my best mate. Its up for grabs at the right price.

  27. Anonymous says:

    A Copy of this has been listed on ebay.

  28. I have a copy of this record original including the picture sleeve it is listed right now on eBay but any offers on here for it.

  29. I have an original copy of the record including the picture sleeve on eBay if anyone is interested or contact on here for offers

  30. Lucas bargh says:

    Chris mass has just put his on omega auctions for an estimate of 2500-3500. I sold mine on the same website in November for 4000

  31. Jimmy Burns says:

    If anyone is selling a copy of the Grouts DIY EP please give me a shout?
    Been searching for years. Will pay 4 figures no problem if in good nick & has the insert?
    My email is
    Many thanks
    Jimmy (aka Punk Hoarder)

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