You’ve been searching all day long for the perfect 1979 Donchester punk compilation LP of more or less obscure bands and all of a sudden you find it here. New wave from the heart LP. A few of these tough sounding bands had more releases under their belt, but I’d say they’re all more or less unknown to the masses none the less. The Vice Squad is not the Vice Squad you’re thinking off, The Negatives are not the Negatives of Stake Out fame and neither are the Squad that band that did the Red alert 7″ and featured future Specials member Terry Hall etc. So I guess you I can say that most of these bands are pretty obscure, or at least as obscure as this LP is rare I guess. 1000 copies pressed, but according to most online reliable sources only 200 copies or there about was ever sold while the remaining copies ended up in a garbage tip in 1990 when leabel owner David Moffitt got tired of having them stuffed under his bed. This should at least be an explanation to why it rarely turns up for sale.
One of my favorite collector friends who wants to remain anonymous (don’t worry Daniel Dellemyr, I won’t mention your name here) introduced me to this compilation a few years ago with the words “This is the best UK punk compilation ever made”, and I’m tempted to agree with him, but I won’t as there are so many UK comps I’ve never heard (Sad day we left the croft anyone?), and probably loads of great comps I’ve never even heard of. Still I can say that this is a really great comp and every song is more or less a winner. but I won’t make any recommendations, but instead let you listen through the album and share your favorites in the comments instead. If not you’ll just end up as lazy twats who’ll get used to me picking out the raisins for you.
This one was reissued in the late 90’s, so if you can’t find a copy of the original, make sure to get yourself a copy of the Crash edition instead as it has the same songs on it. Such a great idea to reissue it that way! Crash is also the label that gave us the magnificent Beez compilation “Do the suicide” that’s also well worth picking up.
The Squad – Suicide.mp3
The Diks – Only you can choose.mp3
Subliminal Cuts – They don’t care.mp3
Eyes At Risk – Night life.mp3
Negatives – Metallic thread shirt.mp3
The Prams – Indigestion.mp3
Vice Squad – Prison girls.mp3
Negatives – Don’t say goodbye.mp3
The Prams – Night fever.mp3
Vice Squad – Words and pictures.mp3
The Squad – Walking through the city.mp3
The Diks – Out on the game.mp3
Subliminal Cuts – Masque of the red death.mp3
Eyes At Risk – Sane problems.mp3
Here’s the only saints I care for. Islamic State sleeve version that tells you it’s Punk Rock and therefore haram. Cheers to beheadings and apocalyptic times mates.
One Way Street.mp3
How about another classic release? Yeah, I know you’d prefer another well known gem over a more unknown one, so here’s the stunning, strutting, stereophonic and not to forget superb release from Dundee’s finest in basically everything; the massive Scrotum Poles!
So exactly what is a “scrotum pole” you innocent readers might ask yourself? Well kids, there are a few different versions of how the term can be used, but my favourite is when four or more guys place their ball bags on top of one another’s thus making a totem pole of male genitalia. Now can you see that in front of you? What a beautyful thing it is! I think there are more people out there who wants a high and classy scrotum pole on top of their coffin then there are collectors who want Helicopter Honeymoon to be played at their funeral, despite what Johan Kugelberg once said.
All tracks on this EP are killers, even if the most hardcore punx of you might prefer the three hymns on the b-side as they’re faster than the slightly slower and sadder songs on the a-side. However, if you think so, you are wrong as this is about as good as true DIY punk will ever get.
And in case you didn’t know that already, these guys should be adored and saluted as loud and proud as your absolute favorite band! Again a mandatory download!
Label: One Tone
Why don’t you come out tonight?.mp3
Pick the cats eye’s out.mp3
Insanely catchy and cute poppy punk rock from Canada released as late as 1983, even if it was recorded a year before it ended up on vinyl. I love, love, love, love, love, love, love this 3 chords slab of a love song, and the b-side is just as good!
I guess they were a bit inspired by the early Buzzcocks, and they managed to crank out one of the best guitar solos ever on Forever and ever. I could listen to it forever and ever to be honest!
There are two different sleeve versions for this 7″, this screen printed silver version, and a brown version, that I think might be done on construction paper. All in all 300 copies pressed, and I think both versions were done at the same time.
Anyone who’ve heard their compilation CD from 1977 records?
Forever and ever.mp3
Thought you were a friend.mp3
Here’s a record by The Misfits. It’s great. Three hits. All from hell!! Who would’ve guessed?
Ghouls Night Out.mp3