Le Ritz – Punker 7″



Pub rock band gone punk? Don’t know but these guys knew how to craft two raw, snotty and great original tracks with keyboard/piano. The keyboard solo in Punker gives me chills at the same times as I laugh my ass off. So stupid yet genious.


Don’t think these tracks have been comped yet but they sure deserves to be. So if there’s anyone out there who can fill me in on Le Ritz please do so.


Country: UK
Year: 1977
Label: Breaker
Format: 7″
What A Sucker.mp3

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22 Responses to Le Ritz – Punker 7″

  1. James says:

    Le Ritz were from Birmingham, I think they were only together for a few months, the sleeve would suggest they probably didn’t have a name when they recorded this. It has been comped, on “Short Sharp Shock” and elsewhere I think.

    Great record! apparently it was also released in Holland on Lightning, never seen one though.

  2. steve says:

    From Leominster, Herefordshire. Formed in summer 1977 by Steve Midnight aka Brian ‘Tex’ Watkins (v), Chuck Key aka Trevor Davies (gtr), Buss White aka Derek Griffiths (gtr), Bernie Bolt aka Bernie Radnor (k), Lofty Brooks aka Graham Brookes (d) and Dick Tater aka Roger Philpotts (b) specifically to play at street parties celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee! The Dutch pressing is on the Scramble Records label.

  3. E. says:

    starts off good but gets annoying in no time.

  4. James says:

    Not Birmingham and not Lightning …better go update my notes! :)

  5. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    As always, thanks for the info Steve. And thanks for the counter info James ;).

  6. James says:

    Never trust 10 year old sleeve notes! At least I got something right, it is a great record!

  7. h-bomb says:

    the punker song is great. i love the silly keyboard solo haha

  8. Pogel says:

    Super record. Did anyone notice they start off with the Pippin Fort song from Camberwick Green? While many of you may be thinking what’s he on about I am proud to say I have a 1966 BBC “Welcome To Camberwick Green” LP.

  9. E. says:

    this really makes me feel like a total outsider.

  10. rich says:

    “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb” KBD types are missing out on that action – check HMHB’s ‘Trumpton Riots’. Actually, check U.Hype’s ‘Trip To Trumpton’, you’ll like that one more (honest guv)!

  11. steve says:

    Pippin Fort. Well I’ll go to the foot of our stairs, forgotten all about that. I think I’ll start a band based on re-using old ideas from The Herbs and Pogle’s Wood… anyone play bass?

  12. Pogel says:

    Steve, don’t forget The Magic Roundabout, Noddy, and Hector’s House.

  13. kyg says:

    its not punker its punk

  14. terry says:

    it’s not punker it’s punk?? what do ya mean kyg? the track is called Punker.

  15. T Brookes says:

    Its my old man on the drums. and you guys have made his day!! punka was also released in japan dont know what lable though. and its on the play list of an anmerican punk station.can give you more info if you want to much to list now.

    • paul panic says:

      Hiya did the band record any more demos at the time. I have heard a few stories over the years about the tapes being recorded over etc but never been able to find out the truth. I would love to know. Great record
      Paul Birmingham
      Please email me

  16. suagy says:

    facking all musik industrial

  17. LHOOQtius says:

    Great stuff.
    I don’t know for sure what instrument that solo is in Punker (it sure isn’t a piano… is it a Concertina? a Melodica?), but it’s still a good song.
    What A Sucker sounds almost like it could have been in the Rocky Horror soundtrack. Totally rad.

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