The Pack – King Of Kings 7″

Wish I experienced Kirk Brandon when he was in The Pack but it wasn’t until Theater Of Hate made it to my hometown Linkoping/Sweden in 1982 I felt his voice inside of me. Seldom have I experienced such a voice that made me physical exhausted. Totally unique. Theater Of Hate was more of post punk and the early stuff is really really great. After TOH he went on to Spear Of Destiny and there I lost all interest. But The Pack. Well known I know but still think they’re a little bit underrated and makes me post it. Hopefully some folks hear them for the first time and get a feel that it’s something they missed. The debut of theirs is a bit boring but this one and the Long Live The Past EP are must haves. I also have a live tape which unfortunately don’t have that great sound but I may post it anyway in the future. Listen to these two anthems which makes a great couple. The melancholic slower King Of Kings to the furious Pistolesque Number 12. Marvelous.

Country: UK
Year: 1979
Label: Rough Trade
Format: 7″
Songs:
King Of Kings.mp3
Number 12.mp3

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35 Responses to The Pack – King Of Kings 7″

  1. Erich says:

    Wonderful single. I had this is in the posting queue for quite some time.

  2. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    :)

  3. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    ICQ? No? Family life all day long ;)?

  4. Jay Thurston says:

    Just amazing!!

  5. Laszlo says:

    Huh….I want this 7″ Peter!!!!!!!!

  6. Nils says:

    Jim Walker from the first PiL line-up on drums!

  7. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    It do pops up from time to time on eBay Lazlo. Don´t think it´s that expensive either. 45 Revolutions don´t sez anything about pressing numbers but there must be a couple of thousands since it´s on Rough Trade?

  8. sir hake says:

    thank you kbd i remember

  9. Laszlo says:

    Yeah, just checked this out. There’s a copy on ebay now. I’m gonna buy this. Thanks again Peter for this really amazing post!!

  10. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Glad you liked and that it was something you hadn’t heard before. What was the price for the one on eBay?

  11. Laszlo says:

    $4.99 is the starting price. Still no bid and 4 days left…:)

  12. Dewey Decimal says:

    This is great.

  13. Matt says:

    I just got this a few months back for 10 bucks. Saw another copy in a local record store for 15, if anybody is looking for it still.

  14. Tim says:

    Thanks for this great post. Have a listen to the brilliant ”Long live the past“ EP as well… Recorded 1978.
    The Pack had its’ network with other similar London Bands from that time like The Wall, The Straps and Crisis – all bands shared members during the times…
    And all had this special dark and ”serious” Punk sound… I wish more bands would sound like this today! Just the The Spectres come to mind!
    thanks and good bye
    tim

  15. DougW (from Scotland) says:

    If I could name the top 3 singles that Kirk Brandon ever released this one would be at the top of the list.
    Second would be ‘Original Sin’ – Theatre of Hate
    Third would be ‘Liberator’ – Spear of Destiny

    It’s a classic. Hadn’t heard it for years so a big thanks for posting it.

  16. phil says:

    just picked this up

  17. phil says:

    my copy has black labels on both sides in stead of the red on white with A1 on the inner groove..it’s a top single from a top outfit..had the red label issue years ago,anyone got an idea what came first as only ever seen the red label before..

  18. LHOOQtius says:

    Awesome stuff, and new to me. Totally dig it.

    Post some of that Theater of Hate stuff, too, please. Your waxing on has made me yearn to hear it. Never heard them before, either.

  19. Simon Werner, his brother John & former PIL drummer Jim Walker all played for The Straps when The Pack split in 1980. The UK Subs, The Pack & The Straps played lots of gigs around South London on the same bill in 1978. We recorded 2 singles & 1 album in 1980 & 1982 with all 3 former Pack members on the recordings. These can be found on Ebay as well as “The Straps Punk Collection” released on Captain Oi records.

    We toured the UK with The Damned in 1980 on the Black Album Tour & regulary pulled big crowds in London while headlining some big name venues.

    Cheers Dave

  20. marco says:

    King of kings is the ultimate punk hymn for me. Thanx posting it.

  21. Blokey McBloke says:

    Such a brilliant EP, and one I never knew about until recent years, so yes they did go under the radar, I was born in 82 though…

    Must have been an influence on The Apostles this…the intro to King of Kings has been plagiarised in several of their songs, and Number 12 has more than a couple of refrains which were used in pigs for slaughter.

  22. 0101001x_x says:

    The Pack were definitely an influence on the Apostles.. The Apostles were WAY ahead of their time. I remember the first time I heard their split album with the Mob and it fucking blew me away. An early RAC band that would probably get kicked out of every venue today cause todays youth are a bunch of pussies that get offended over everything.

    • Punk Andy says:

      The Apostles were not a Rock Against Communism (i.e. far right)band. They were involved with Crass in setting up the infamous Zig Zag Club squat gig and other Anarcho punk gigs in London in the early 1980s including the Wapping Anarchy Centre. Though they didn’t share the non violent pacifist ideology most of those bands adhered to. They also recorded for Mortarhate the label run by the more aggressive band Conflict and other punk labels.
      In truth their politics though confused and contradictory at times were closer to left leaning/libertarian and definitely more militant Class War.
      The 4th ep which is more of an Andy Martin solo project with the RAC/Skewdriver references were supposedly his attempt to confuse and cajole skinheads into buying Apostles records and turning them away from their right wing views, apparently it didn’t work!

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