28 December 2009
17 December 2009
13 December 2009
03 December 2009
NuCraz Records, 614. 1979.
A. No Movies Tonight
Craig Bevan and The Tourists were from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and released this single in 1979. Apparently there was an LP released in '81 which I'd love to hear if anyone's got it.
20 November 2009
18 November 2009
1. One & One Is Two
2. Nobody I Know
1979 Rox Recording Company.
B2. Tip Of My Tongue
1979 Rox Recording Company.
The 'One & One Is Two' single has been a top want of my girlfriend for a couple years. It's been on sale over on the LDK site for quite a while but we both agreed it was a bit out of our price range. Saved eBay searches and constant internet browsing never materialized another copy so I after a year of waiting I broke down an bought it for her birthday.
Here's what LDK had to say:
Revolver were actually a band called Black Maria, popular on the Merseyside circuit and with one of future Liverpool 'new-psych'-ers The Cherry Boys in the ranks, who were rechristened Revolver for this Lennon/McCartney-covers project in 1979. There's a whole LP of this stuff, snappily called "Northern Songs" - this one's probably pretty representative of Revolver's ouevre.
Take a listen to 'One & One Is Two' and you'll understand when I say that I was a little reluctant to give this gift, but as luck would have it, not one week later, my friend Atsushi gave me the 'Northern Songs' LP as a gift!! Not only does include both songs from the single but 15 more Lennon/McCartney penned tunes that they never actually recorded themselves, plus great liner notes and a cool 2-panel insert. Definitely worth tracking down.
10 November 2009
05 November 2009
B. She Doesn't Love Me
A. Suzy Lie Down
Rip-Off Records, RIP-007. 1979.
Cramp were from Portrush, Northern Ireland and released their sole single on George Doeherty's Rip Off label in 1979.
Richard “Toadie” Todd - Vocals
Tim O'Hara - Lead Guitar
Nigel McComb - Bass
Declan Service – Rhythm Guitar
Colin McDowell – Drums
And, as an extra treat, here's an interview we did with Richard and Tim....
Sing Sing (SS): Can you speak briefly about how you met and who your earliest influences in Cramp were?
Tim O'Hara (TO): I recall our first meeting at Declan's house in Queen's Park. I was not sure if Toadie was a genius or just plain mad! But after that, we used to rehearse in some weird places - Ray Kennedy's billiard hall and Nigel's dad's stockroom to name two. Our influences in Cramp were of course mainstream punk, the Pistols, Clash, etc. but we did do a rather nice reggae song, "Tribute", which Toadie will hopefully remember. We also liked the new wave stuff like Joe Jackson, the Buzzcocks and the Ruts.
Richard "Toadie" Todd (RT): It was a bit strange at first singing and jumping around in a garage in front of 3 complete strangers (I only knew Colin at first) but looking back I suppose that was pretty normal for me in every way!!
SS: When were your first lives shows, and can you describe them?
TO: The live gigs were quite something as I recall. Toadie was quite a presence on stage and knew how to entertain the punters - think Robbie Williams on lighter fuel! The occasional youngster would gob on us and there was a memorable night when a large scale fight broke out. There was also the day the Undertones (before they were famous) saw us in Spuds (a pub in Portstewart, long since gone) and asked Declan if we wanted to play in Derry at one of their gigs. Derry was of course a bit dangerous place for young Ulster Protestants so nothing came of it. How different things could have been!
RT: Yea, the Easter Monday and Boxing day gigs in Spuds Portstewart were always the best… 400 people crammed into a venue that could hold about 200!!
SS: Who were the other bands you would play shows with?
TO: Other bands at the time were Clive Culbertson's lot: No Sweat (later called The Sweat) and of course the Xdreamysts. I can't remember any others.
RT: Flying Squad gigs on a Thursday nights, again in Spuds, were always great. They later became known as Xdreamysts, a great bunch of guys!!
SS: How did you come in contact with Rip-Off / George Doherty?
RT: It was through Clive Culbertson that we met George...
TO: Yea, Clive Culbertson introduced us to Rip-Off Records. Clive's band had already got a deal with George and recommended us to him.
SS: Your single on Rip-Off credits George Doherty as producer. Can you speak about the experience in the studio with him?
RT: I can't remember too much about the recording except there was a lot of beer consumed!!
TO: I remember the recording sessions very well although it was Clive rather than George who did the actual recording. Great fun it was, although the facilities were quite basic. I seem to recall tins of McEwans helped Toadie’s vocal performance a lot! George and Clive did the mastering later. Some syndrums (quite novel at the time) were added at this stage and the members of the band were, as I recall, not overly keen on this! I had real trouble keeping my guitar in tune so if the tone sounds extra distorted, that's the real reason.
SS: Can you speak about the how was the single received? What kind of airplay, if any, did you get?
RT: I haven’t a clue… It didn’t seem to matter at the time!!
TO: Don't know how many copies were issued but we did sell enough to get one royalty payment! It got some airplay in Ulster and John Peel played it on Radio One. We had to pretend ‘She Doesn't Love Me’ was the A-side given the explicit lyrics of ‘Suzy Lie Down” - quite tame by today's standards. My mum loved it - fortunately, she never really listened to the lyrics.
SS: Beyond the two tracks released on your Rip-Off single, did you have any other material recorded, or plans for other releases?
TO: We did do a further recording of some other songs with Clive on his reel to reel recorder but I doubt they’re still in existence. We definitely recorded “Tribute” and “Belfast's Burning.” Don't know if Toadie can remember any others? There is quite a market, apparently, in Japan for retro punk/new wave of the era and Clive has his own studio so we may well do some re-recording in the near future if I can remember the chords!
SS: What was the end of Cramp like, and did you pursue any other musical projects??
RT: Believe it or not I went solo; just me and an Eko acoustic, singing many a crude song merged in with other stuff that I had written
TO: Yea, Toadie just decided he had had enough, that we had done all we were going to do and he was right. As I recall, he then did some solo gigs and performed such legendary songs, "I Live in a Pair of Underpants" and "The Boys They Call Her Polo".
Nigel and I played in Minor Classics after Cramp. We released one single Sign Language (you can hear it on http://www.myspace.com/1977records) and did record a number of other tracks at the studio at Templepatrick with a view to releasing an album but nothing came of it. We mostly did local gigs. I also did some gigs with a local artist, the very talented Joey Newcombe - just show-band type stuff; weddings and the like, but got the best money of my playing career by far!
01 November 2009
27 October 2009
A1. In Tune
A2. Road To Cheltenham
Illegal Records, IL009. 1978.
Johnny Curious & The Strangers were:
Bob Greene - Bass, Vocals
Alan Cowley - Lead Guitar, Vocals
John Phillips - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ian Cowley - Drums
Formed in Welwyn Garden City in 1976 from the ashes of the hippy band Mask, this rather strangely named band was one of those cast of thousands destined to obscurity and the eternal gig circuit for one reason or another. It could have been so different if they had released their first single 'Back In Pissheadsville Again' on Raw Records. Lee Wood was interested after hearing the demo but it was not to be though he did end up releasing a couple of tracks from Welwyn's next punk band Acme Sewage Company.
Instead The Strangers ended up on Illegal re-recording and releasing the single a long time after the spark had gone. The original Pissheadsville is a stomping classic punk track that would hold its head on any punk compilation and other tracks on that initial demo suggest Television, Wire and The Now as similar melodic punk. You will have to make do with the Illegal Records version but its better than none. A second single Someone Else's Home was released in 78 on Bugle Records without Johnny but by then the band sounded completely different. They played all the usual venues - The Roxy, Vortex etc - and their name is at least immortalised on the back of the Farewell To The Roxy album as graffiti.
(description from www.punk77.co.uk)
25 October 2009
24 October 2009
Thanks to Collin for this post!
based, mixed gender quartet - three fellas and one lady - who may be the same group mentioned in the ACID ARCHIVES as having a later LP. If so, I haven’t seen it. A self-issued release, recorded at Home Grown Studios in beautiful Bloomington, IN; beyond that, not much in the way of details. Luckily for us, the A-side more than speaks for itself. A lovely, fuzz-drenched, mid-tempo rocker reminiscent of Shoes or maybe even the Sponsors, TELL ME epitomizes nearly everything worthwhile about private-press pop/rock. The singer-songwritery flip is excellent as well, but perhaps falls a bit outside this blog’s purview. Too good to be so unknown. Who was Ambush???!
14 October 2009
07 October 2009
A. Radio Songs
B. Teenage Rebel
Totally incredible double A sided 45 by Strike from Belfast. This great 45 came out in 1980 on the cash in "Shock Rock" record label in an edition of 500 copies.
Band members were:
Mark Nixon - Vocals
Noel Rafferty - Rhythm Guitar
Paul Kenny - Lead Guitar
Laurence Sprott- Bass
Davy Johnston - Drums
I asked Paul Kenny to give me a little info on the bands history since so little is available online, this is Strike's story in Paul's words...(hit the 'read more' link to expand article)
29 September 2009
23 September 2009
17 September 2009
The reunited De Cylinders perform live on De Wereld Draait Door and they still sound great! The short interview and performance aired on September 17, 2009.
09 September 2009
(l to r: Alisdair Moore, Philip McClelland, Garth Evens)
(l to r: Alisdair Moore, Garth Evens)
(l to r: Alisdair Moore, Garth Evens, Chris Burrell)