Classic first E.P. from Fleetwood's (near Blackpool) One Way System. Released on "Nagging Barry Lights" Beat The System label, who released stuff later by The Fits & External Menace. Brilliant E.P. Stab the Judge (though quite often not this version) is a recognised 82 classic, but the gem for me is "Riot Torn City". You know you want to.
Released on Stiff Records in 1981 this was Department S third single, like what it says on the label. Originally formed as a two-tone type band, Guns For Hire, for 1 single, before morphing into Department S. A band who should have been at least as big as The Jam or The Specials their nearest Punk influenced peers and musical reference point. Always put me in mind of a Cockney The Fall as well. Three singles was it, before it all imploded. An LP was retrospectively released in 1993, two years after singer Vaughn Toulouse unfortunately died of an aids related illness in 1991. Prior to the band forming, he had been one of the early Clash roadies. Deserve to be heard this lot.
I bring you this my friends for a number of reasons. Primarily because I bought it from a charity shop for 50p on Saturday.... But! But! Also because it's fantastic. And it is. I'm also now sick to death of Winter & need a bit of Summer in me life. Barracudas equal parts Ramones & The Clash, Punk Net 77 will give you a much clearer idea of what Barracudas are all about. Click the sleeve daddyio. I can't say Back a ruder.
Bristol Punks, Lunatic Fringe, Resurrection Records 1982. Mates of Vice Squad, Chaos UK, Disorder & other Bristol low life. Fronted by Bear fanzine writer, surfer & general reprobate. Once saw them supporting Disorder, when Cardiff Skins played up all night, battering punks at will. Fun times. Enjoy.
The System were one of the best Anarcho bands out there back then. Signed to Flux's Spiderleg Label & mates with Crass but they released some storming Punk Rock singles. Two 7 inches & an appearance on the Wargasm compilation LP put out by Pax records was sadly it before they split. You can buy a discog CD now apparently, clicking on the sleeves will take you to Overground Records who also have a write up on the band.
Soldier Dolls remain one of the more internationally obscure of the Welsh punk bands from the early Eighties, probably because they only played outside of Wales once – and that was their final show! The Soldier Dolls formed in 1981(after a short period under the unfortunate moniker of Animation), and played their first show in September of 1982 – a show they actually gatecrashed rather than were invited to play at. This seemed something of a trademark for the band, seeing as decent gigs were few and far between at the time. In 1984, the Soldier Dolls self-released their debut EP, ‘What Do They Know?’, on their very own Scream Records, the label being ran by guitarist DKA. A three-song affair, featuring the tracks ‘Gotham City Is Dead’ and ‘Be Like You’ alongside the anthemic title track, it showcased the band’s high-speed gruff-vocal approach to decent effect. IAN GLASPER 'BURNING BRITAIN' Buy this book. Watch this video.
I love this band. Released in 1981 during their Polydor records period. Despite constant line up changes they always released great records. Click the sleeve to read band biography from the Modpoppunkarchives site. Download a few MP3's while your there. Vive Le Rock.
Nice shoutty single released on Zenon records in 1981. Click front sleeve to go to official website with more downloads and some nice cover scans and the rear sleeve to go to the always excellent UK82 page. Recently came across one of these on E-Bay i'll let the seller explain: (his caps not mine)
"THIS IS A RARE PUNK SINGLE. AS A MATTER OF INTEREST, THE GUITARIST "FISH" OF THE SKEPTIX IS THE YOUNGER BROTHER "STEPHEN" OF MY SISTERS EX HUSBAND "DEREK" BROOKES. WHEN THESE GUYS FIRST STARTED AS CHAOS OR KAOS THEY USED TO PRACTICE IN THE GARAGE USING MY MOBILE DISCO SYSTEM AS A P.A. !!! NOT MANY OF THESE AROUND, I HAVE IT COS FISH GAVE IT TO ME, AND IT HAS ONLY BEEN PLAYED TWICE TO MY KNOWLEDGE."
Mmm... Ok!! Just download the songs. You need this.
Genuine letter I had back from Crass after sending off a tape for Bullshit Detector. We thought we were at least as good as Discharge. Nice badge though. Thanks Eve Bloody Libertine for making sure I would never be the next Joe Strummer. I sold my strat for cider & it's all your fault. Ish.
Here's the Flux handouts from the same gig. Nice mention for Stop The City in this one. Click to enlarge. Make of these what you will, but at least people were trying to communicate. This is what you want, this is what you get. More repeats.
Flux Of Pink Indians in their other guise as The Epileptics with Penny Rimbaud of Crass on drums.
Below is a flyer from the Last Crass gig, a benefit for striking miners in 1984. It was handed to me by Eve Libertine at the gig. Click to enlarge. I've recently finished reading the Crass story which is a great read. Steve in particular comes over as such a genuine bloke. There's a great bit about The Business coming over to Dial House to talk about lyrics, & Steve having to share his two cans of lager with them, either that or herbal tea. Red it, you should.
If your interested you can download the gig @ http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TIIJZ34R This is a link i've stolen from somewhere. It's a Crass bootleg, so the quality aint great but it's worth having.
Or just download this classic flexi. Come on then!!!
A sporadic feature, where when our "war Reporter" Peroxide can be bothered to get off her arse, we'll post some lovely pictures for you people. Amusing quips & captions please. Lifetime @ TJ's Newport Lifetime - The Boy's No Good
This is the first in the series of 1 track essentials. Or when I can't be arsed to rip or burn & stuff, or just generally fancy sharing a favourite track of the moment, or ever, or yesterday. I don't have to explain myself to you! Damn it! Think of it as Desert Island disks on Blackthorne. Anyway! Brums top noise merchants & John Peel favourites, Doom, Police Bastard. Go!
A nice slice of screechy Anarcho Punk for you here from Crass touring partners Dirt. Released on Crass Records in 1981. Although the band split up several times, eventually dissolving in the early nineties, their web-site is rather fine. Click logo, blah, blah. Singer Gary later formed Stratford Mercenaries with Steve Ignorant of Crass. Nice piece of sloganeering this. Shout in time.
Named after the Texas Chainsaw Massacre villain, Leatherface, is a relatively obscure but critically acclaimed British punk band from Sunderland fronted by Frankie Stubbs. Formed in August 1988, they have released eight full-length albums so far. Their music has been described as a cross between Hüsker Dü and Motörhead, a notable element being Stubbs' rasping, "gravelly" vocals. Jack Rabid, music critic and publisher of the music magazine Big Takeover, once listed Leatherface's 1992 release Mush as one of the fifty greatest punk albums of all time.[From Wikipedia] Click the cover for un-official site with more MP3's including Peel Session.
First four song EP from these snotty London Punks, released in 1996 on Blind Destruction Records. Brilliant shouty twin vocals. Go visit their web-site for more free MP3's and other stuff to clutter up both your hard drive & home by clicking the sleeve above. I recommend you get "Big Rock Candy Mountain" from over there. Do it.
Again another one of those bands I know very little about, apart from I bought it on 7 inch in 1982 and it's on the Illuminated label, later home to the likes of Sex Gang Children & the Poison Girls. Even Kill From The Heart just has the bands name and what would seem to be the bands only release, this EP listed. The old Strange Reaction used to have this posted accompanied with a zine review of a gig the band did in a Basingstoke college written by one Liz Hurley. They would seem to come from the Home Counties somewhere. If you know anymore fill us in. I've always loved this EP and "What The Fuck" has to be one of my favourite tracks ever. Pure Nihilism. Lovely.
Filelodge seems to have gone permanently FUBAR, so thanks to Annie @ Annie's Animal suggestions (Good Blog Check it to the right, Ski Patrol post is a belter. I've been meaning to post some Folk Devils for months.) we'll be trying our luck with some other servers. I'll be working through Month on Month, most are now back up, but if you find any broken links out there, drop a line in the comments of the last post & i'll upload it again. Onwards & Upwards!
Let's celebrate with one of the best live bands on the planet Killing Joke doing Kings & Queens on the Tube in 1985.
Hilarious documentary from 1983 featuring a squat full of Kings Road "Punk & Disorderly" Postcard Punks. Lovely rendition of "Never Understood" by The Mob by one piss pot. Share a glue bag with Bum Box, Scum Bag & Animal. "He should have been on the cover of Punk & Disorderly." NOFX - Punk Guy (Vinyl Version)