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.