The Scabs – S/T E.P. 7″

I’ve had such a hard time to come up with something to write about this one, just as I had with Anders Ã…ngest. It’s really hard to put words to such greatness without using the usual killer and filler words, but everytime I try to make up which my favourite UK punk records are, this one is on the list wheter I try to make a top 10 or a top 5.
I could probably listen to nothing but the way the singer counts 1-2-3-4 in the start of Amory Buildings for the rest of my life! Is it even possible to sound more energetic and eager to start a song than that? And is it possible to hear that a person have an overbite? To me it sounds like he has. I simply L.O.V.E. the hectic way he spits out the lyrics. And that plunky bass, the paper thin drums and the cheap guitar sound! And the sax that pops up a bit in Amory building! And the farfisa organ in Leave me alone!

This is the second press by the way, the first press have red/ blue sleeve instead of red/ black, which means that this version is slightly cheaper. Sounds just a good though so why bother? And it’s a really clever package as well, the sleeve folds out like an unglued envelope!

Country: UK
Year: 1979
Label: Clubland
Format: 7″
Amory Building.mp3
Leave Me Alone.mp3
Don’t Just Sit There.mp3

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19,170 Responses to The Scabs – S/T E.P. 7″

  1. ian says:

    great great great! All songs diverse and brilliant, esp. ‘leave me alone’. Only know these guys from a few songs on that roxy comp (or maybe it was the 100 club?) where they were nothing special. But this really is a classic – and bonus points for the guitarist sporting one of those egg shaped guitars – punk rock!

  2. Kevin says:

    So awesome! This is one of those old punk bands that frustrate you when you realize it is their only release… I want to hear more!

  3. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    They should’ve made it a 2 track 7″. Then it would’ve been brilliant. The b-side just don’t do it for me.

  4. Chano says:

    Snottiness incarnate!! “Leave Me Alone” is so sloppy and arrogant it’s not funny. Truly the highlight of this overall nice little disc. Thanx, Martin. It’s good to see you back in full force! ;-)

  5. just an aside, i uploaded amory building to youtube a while ago so that i could add it to my blog and the singer, james young, added this comment about the song….

    “.it was a self satisfied building full of well-off sons and daughters studying law ….I had to go there at 10am to do Economic History… I just had the idea of fantasizing about it burning down which seemed a pretty cool scenario…..and I remember wanting to say “I don’t mind” somewhere because I loved Pretty Vacant’s “We don’t care” “

  6. not wanting to miss out on an opportunity, i asked scabs frontman james young if i could interview him for my blog. happily he agreed so here’s a bit more info on the ep….

  7. Cock's Breakfast says:

    Yeah, this shit is top shelf!

  8. kadir says:

    fantastic band…

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