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Saturday, 30 June 2007

DO YOU REMEMBER THE 80'S?


Dunno how to begin this post, without taking some nostalgic trip down memory lane with a tescos shopping trolley full of amps, guitars and drum kit to another gig at a youth club somewhere in North Herts. This EP comes from an age of innocence and independence. THE PARAMEDIC SQUAD were/are still mates of mine, well Daz is cos I'm still in contact wiv him. Friendship, is an important thing and should be treasured with the passing of time. Shit, what the fuck am I going on about here, knew there was a reason why I hadn't posted this sooner, gonna start going all misty eyed knew it'd end in tears. Right where was I, that's right in The Crypt Studios Stevenage, same place The Mob recorded their debut single and where The Astronauts mixed Peter Pan Hits The Suburbs. That's where this was recorded and also released by the studios label Gargoyle Records, same label as Chron Gens Puppets Of War. There were 1000 copies pressed, dunno how many were sold, but a lot disappeared when distributors Fresh Records went bust. One sale resulted in a review in the now defunct music paper Sounds, by the now sadly deceased journalist Johnny Waller, who was approached by Daz and myself at a Blood and Roses/Mob gig at the Pied Bull Islington in Sept 82 with the immortal words of Daz "wanna buy the best record of the year" his response was he already had it and it was by the Simple Minds, as he mentioned in the review "........he looked a bit crestfallen....instead he should be proudly indignant, for this is a plucky little electro punk rant that cleverly avoids all the cliches that lie in its path. The synth-drums and phased guitar give it a bizarre edge that is entirely welcome" when we approached him he was just another punter as far as we were concerned, what a result. Like the man said...this is a slice of 80's post punk closest references 25 years latter are The Stranglers and Killing Joke, I could go on forever about some of the gigs they played with The Meteors, UK Decay and Lack of Knowledge, but I wont, in fact I'm gonna stop typing very soon, but this recording is another piece in the jigsaw of British musical heritage, when things were alternative, it shouldn't be ignored get it here. 1)Movements In Time 2)For You 3)Thinking Psychedelia. Just remember, that unlike Johnny Waller, you didn't have to pay for it.

14 comments:

das said...

cheers nuzz,me misty eyed too now,probably to do with the Grolsch,do u remember the red lion Gravesend gig?

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Is that the one where there was very little P.A, no Drum Kit, and Dick(the drummer) had to make do with stools and beer crates until the drums eventually arrived a bit at a time and when it was all there your set had finished. Then we went round with a pint pot to get petrol money home and ended up with 51 and a half pence, just enough for a bag of chips. Then to top it all the exhaust fell of the car outside the venue. Nah don't remember a thing. What about the run in with LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH ?

Curious Guy said...

Nice surprize Nuzz. Like this a lot.
Btw, smoking is prohibited on the workplace as well in Belgium. As a smoker I'm lucky to have an outside job. It's fair to say to have respect for non-smokers but that anti-smoking thing is getting out of hand. Do people think that the air they breathe is that healthy?

Harry said...

do this lot have anything to do with six minute war?

Jeronyme said...

Excellent stuff! Thanx!

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Glad yer like this CJ, Six Minute War what a band Harry. 'one of our guitarists is missing, fell of the train'(or however it goes)No problem J, hopefull das will help me fill in a few tales of what being a band in the 80's was all about.

Harry said...

Indeed 6MW - truly underated! Don't suppose you have any of their EPs do you? I'm buggered if I know what I've done with my vinyl

Harry said...

... and were they anything to do with these guys?

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Sore point that Harry, did have them lent them to a mate a couple of years ago to convert to MP3 and he has promtly dissapeared of the face earth, the bastard, (not you harry.)

Harry said...

The bastard, has he got my copies as well? I'm fucked if I know what I've done with them

Would he have nicked all your Epileptics/Flux vinyl as well, he seems to have nicked mine

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

Are you some sort of psychic, cos yes he did run off with my copy of The Licks ep, as well as some destructors ones.

Harry said...

suffice to say, a so called mate of mine did the off with untold amounts of quality vinyl - all my best stuff went

Still the cunt didn't take my prized Menace 7'' or my copy of John Wayne by the Dark!

Excuse my profanity, it helps me when I grieve for lost vinyl and when I catch up with the cunt as I am sure I will we can have a nice little chat ... the cunt

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

I understand were ya coming from.

mutantsounds said...

wish you could repost this...please