Headache – Can’t Stand Still/No Reason For Your Call 7″


Yeah, Headache’s “Can’t Stand Still” sounds good…then I can find it on Ebay for around 1 million dollars!!! Hooray!! Jay Thurston’s comment on Anti Social October 6th, 2008.

OK Jay, here you go! Now go spend that 1 million $$$ on Ebay and remember that this site is all about that dirty punk money.

I’m 100 % sure that Can’t stand still was written after Colin Chew came up with that amazing drum beat as that has to be one of the most complicated drum beats ever. I have no idea of how many years he had to practice before he learned it, but I know that neither I or The Flakes//Drummer can play it yet. I’ve tried it so many many times but I just can’t do it. And pay attention to the speed as well! Holy macaroni Batman and up yours Massgrav!

No reason for your call sounds like Can’t stand still played backwards and a bit slower and it owes quite a lot to the Who. It could’ve been a pretty boring song, but luckily it’s catchy enough to get my attention, especially since I’m a sucker for songs where the singer mainly talks through the verses. And the way the drums kicks back into the song after the chorus always puts a smile on my face. Such a killer fill! Is it me, or is the bass slightly out of tune by the way? It’s me, right? It’s always me…

Country: UK
Year: 1977
Label: Lout
Format: 7″
Can’t stand still.mp3
No reason for your call.mp3

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19,170 Responses to Headache – Can’t Stand Still/No Reason For Your Call 7″

  1. Jay Thurston says:

    This is a fucking classic here! Thanks!!!!

    • Buttcheese says:

      Jay Thurston, no one gives a crap what you think. Why not go suck dicks for pocket change round the back of the bus station.

  2. Steve says:

    Sod the Pistols, Damned, Clash, etc. this is the only British Punk you need! :=)

  3. Charlie M says:

    That drum beat would tax a jazzer for sure. And had they listened to Stranded by The Saints? No, it’s just coincidence.

  4. Charlie M says:

    For reasons unknown I always mix this band up with Handbag the band who played the Roxy club on numerous occasions in 77 in it’s 2nd phase. They had an LP released only in Italy I think. I’m sure this was posted up somehere on the Web but can I find it? Can I arse. Can anyone help?

    • Bernie says:

      Charlie if your talking about Headache they only ever had this one single recorded/released.The cracks started to show at this recording session when the record company insisted that the drummer Colin Chew be replaced by a professional called Spinetti who had played on early Joan Armatrading material. Colin never forgave the rest of the band and lost interest in music altogether. He was an exciting/mad drummer who taught me how to play,I went on to be described as “the new Keith Moon” admittedly by the guitarist of my group so that does’nt count for much. The B-side “no reason for your call does feature Colin Chew’s drumming,it’s much more authentic punk sound.

  5. hdvns says:

    Louts indeed, but rocking louts! Thanks!

  6. behjan says:

    I somehow mix this band HEADACHE with THE TABLE,also for reasons unknown. The hEADACHE I find a solid late 1970´s UK-Punk.

  7. Collin says:

    One of my all time cheap thrill faves. Can always find this one – any day of the week – for under $10. I think I paid $5 for mine (along with the Zero’s ‘Hungry!’). Pure suburban glam Damned. Makes Eater sound shittier than they already do normally.

  8. Collin says:

    shortsharpkickintheteeth gets you ’round back to the Handbag tea party, Charleeee…

  9. Hey Collin, I bought my copy together with the Zeros “Hungry” as well so they kind of goes hand in hand for me. I would say that Zeros are slightly better thou as Radio Fun always makes me jump around when I play it.

  10. John Mc Gowan says:

    I am afraid I am the odd man out here.In my opinion anyway,this is one of the lesser records from the period and sounds more like rather bland 60’s garage rock and puts them in the catogory of also rans rather than anything special or original of which they are certainly not(Again in my own opinion).As for making Eater sound shittier than they already do,I am afraid I will have to strongly oppose that comment because as far as I am concerned,this lot couldn’t do Andy Blades laudry.Someone also had the nerve to compare these guys to Sham 69.Me thinks not by a long shot.Enough Said

    • Bernie says:

      John, Danny the singer loved EATER and would agree with you about not making them sound shitty.The problem Headache had was the creator/guitarist/songwriter Steve Headache, he was a fair bit older than the others and was an old WHO fan,for whom PUNK was a bit of a distraction.This first (only) single wasn’t meant to be heavier than “the kids are allright” or such.

  11. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    You´re not alone John. I think this record is REALLY dull and uninspiring. Don´t get what the fuzz is about. Since Martin had written some nice text to it I let him post it.

  12. martin says:

    you’re too young Peter, that’s why you don’t get it!

  13. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    I wanna be old :(.

  14. Jay Thurston says:

    I wanna be young :)

  15. Martin says:

    I wanna be the bastard son of Peter and Jay!

  16. And I want to be your older Sister, Martin.

  17. other collin says:

    hey collin, i got my headache 45 and the zeros 45 on the same day, same store, and im named collin
    you didnt get a howard werth 45 or a bags 45 that day did you, cos if you did, i’d think you were me.

  18. KckMod says:

    where the heck , besides ebay, can i find stuff like this?

  19. Martin says:

    Apparently in any store where the two (Tom) Collins hang out on a daily basis.

  20. Jay Thurston says:

    Hahahahahaha…now, that was funny Martin!!

  21. Martin says:

    Thanks Jay. I’ve tried to make you laugh for such a long time and finally I managed to do it.

  22. bill says:

    My copies on ebay at 2.50 1 + 1.50 p+p so grab it, I agree it’s one of the best

  23. gary says:

    great song, brings back great memories jumping around to the Electrodes down at the Greyhound pub on a Tuesday night, just before they released the song they changed their name to Headache

    • Bernie says:

      Hi Gary,we probably met back then.The singer Danny is my brother so me and a couple of mates from school went to nearly all of the Greyhound (SNOOPY’S) gigs.Your right about the name change they were called the Electroes (notice the odd spelling).The first night we went there was an incident in which the pub/club was surrounded by ‘Teddy Boys’ spoiling for a fight,so we were locked in by the management until the old bill turned up.When we got home we learned that Elvis had died that evening,so there was a joke about Danny being Elvis reborn going around our house for a while……lol

  24. vasteras says:

    Hi Bernie,
    Im trying to get in touch with Danny and the other members .I need help with a Punk scrapbook im putting together.Please can you help me.
    Cheers Ian

  25. Hi Lizzie (ian) says:

    Hi Lizzie,
    My email is
    Cheers Ian

  26. Nathan G says:

    I’m sorry but this is worse than a pain or ache in my cranium….

  27. Stephen (AI) says:

    Found this yesterday for $1 (without the sleeve). Somebody wrote PUNK on both sides of the label. It almost reads like a warning. At least they didn’t write “PUNK” or PUNK? That same night some guy was on the radio claiming Nirvana was great in part because they were the first band to combine the attitude and energy of Punk with the sonic structure of Classic Rock bands like The Who. Yeah, right. That sounds fucking horrible. I’m old enough to remember when Punk was regarded as the antidote to crap like The Who.

    This record stakes an interesting alternative position. Less scorched earth than retro realignment. The first spin was a bit disappointing — it’s surely in the running for slowest punk single of 1977 — but the charms of its two slices of punky ramalama ding dong are impossible for me to deny on a second spin. I dig it!

    Sadly, I did not find the Zeros record at the same time.

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