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Sunday, 23 December 2007

TWENTY FLIGHT ROCKERS - Turn it up louder....I love to Rock and Roll


The year was 1985, a year of benefit gigs; Live Aid and Red Wedge, crack cocaine first started to appear on the streets and the Rock’n’Roll hall of fame was opened. One band the music press were talking about was the TWENTY FLIGHT ROCKERS, who featured former Gen X drummer Mark Laff and East Londoner Garry Twinn on Vocals. Described as one of the best live bands of the moment for once the music press were right. These four leather clad rockers…rocked. Influenced by Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Clash, their future was bright until after one single on ABC Records Tower Block Rock they signed to Warners and were lost after the A+R department was sacked and the company concentrated on acts like Madonna and Prince. They did however release one single for the label; Johnny 7, but their proposed album 9 Yards Of Dead Cow, a reference to the amount of leather the band wore was never released. By the time former Clash manager Bernie Rhodes took the reigns and moved the band to the USA, the leather had started to crack and the band fell apart due to internal problems, there by making it impossible for them ever to appear in the Rock’n'Roll hall of fame. Instead of posting the 2 singles, I’ve opted for this shit hot quality 11 track live recording at an anti-heroin benefit in East Sheen on 30th June 1985, it does the band more justice. Check it out here!

10 comments:

jeffen said...

Of course now I want to hear the singles anyway.

Thanks for the add and all your exhuming.

http://musicruinedmylife.blogspot.com/

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

cheers jeffen, i'll post the singles in the new year.

maffof said...

Fucking ace! saw them loads in London, loved them and this proves how great they were! Thank you.

geranium said...

back online ! http://geranium-rollmops.blogspot.com/ ;-)

monokrom said...

What a great gig by this fantastic band! Saw them once in London and will never forget.
There actually was a studio album released years later and in Japan only which contained most of the songs from this gig.

monokrom said...

Yeah, and by the way you'll find photos of 20 Flight Rockers on MONOKROM PHOTOS website.
Just click on monokrom at the top!

Anonymous said...

This is great! I love this band. If you wanna check out other bands Gary Twinn has been in since, go to this page: http://www.heydaymediagroup.com/pages/TWNN_Artist_Page.html You can hear full song streams from all tracks on the Twenty Flight Rockers album and other bands he's been in. Personally, i love 'The Honeydippers', the rockabilly band he had with the great Danny B Harvey on guitar. Anyway thanks for sharing the great music!

Thomas said...

Thanks for putting this up - really good, except for the constant jumping in the tracks - especially in Dreams That Kill. Is that on your original tape or did it happen somewhere during the transfer? Such a pity!

Anonymous said...

Just to let all TFR fans know, studio recordings exist of all the numbers they played live back then plus many unreleased ones too. Regarding the album "Ride" that was released on promo vinyl in the U.S. back in the late 80's (only official TFR recordings released on cd to date) that I also have the demos to this too featuring the original line up of the band (vastly diffent to the re recorded stuff) Also many 12" mixes including Johnny7, Black Leather Jackets, Guns For Sale etc. I'm thinking of putting some of this stuff on to cd. Any interest - let me know?

John said...

punishment and crime top top tune,absolutely gutted when this lot called it a day,so good to see the exposure and to hear some stuff i havent got keep it up lads cheers!