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▶ THE SHIVVERS - S/T LP

REMIXED, REMASTERED! In the spirit of Badfinger & Raspberries with a heavy dose of Girl Group soul, get ready for the 3-minute magic of THE SHIVVERS!!


To those that know, saying Milwaukee's punk and new wave scene in the late 70s and early 80s punched well above its weight than larger Midwestern cities is a gross understatement. Though only one half million strong, Milwaukee put together a flurry of such great bands and singles, yet even in this remarkable environment, no band burned brighter or more intensely with white-hot, pure-pop than the arc-light of The Shivvers.

Classic pop in an age of plastic fops, it's taken over thirty years, but 'Now People' around the world may finally be ready for the three-minute magic of The Shivvers.

Jill Kossoris: "This is it!  All the songs were written between '79 and '81 and most were intended as singles.
This would have been The Shivvers first album."

(Deluxe packaging! Gatefold LP with extensive liners, printed inner sleeve and foldout poster!)

More info including track listing, bio and press photos is available HERE

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▶ THIRTEEN - 'Girls Aren't The Same' 7"

From 45 Revolutions:

A Power Pop three-piece formed in 1977 by Mark Ferrick (v/b, who composed the A-side of Dean Wyman’s lone 1978 single), Jim Ferrick (d) and Ian McKean (gtr), Thirteen never managed to gain press coverage and their lone 7” was released in France, Germany and Holland, but not in the UK. Recorded in January 1979 with Phil Cordell co-producing, drums on the 7” were played by Mark Ferrick on one track and a session player on another following the death of his brother Jim shortly before the session. Ian McKean resurfaced a few years later with Twenty Flight Rockers and with Balaam & The Angel, a New Wave combo born from the ashes of U.X.B. Note: a different Oxford-based five-piece group also called Thirteen issued a 7” on the Square label in 1980.

From Purepop:

Girls Aren’t the Same is a fine Powerpop performance which somehow didn’t gain a release in the UK at the time. The harmonies and guitars are spot on, although the instant melody/hook can become a tad repetitive after a few plays. The B side is the killer in my book. Featuring Ian McKean driving and cutting guitars, Teddy Boy rocks out in fine straight ahead Stones/Streak mode. Ian’s style is pure Rock N Roll and he later also played lead guitar on 2 or 3 tracks of the second Fortunate Sons LP (Karezza) in 1986.

Further reading and photos at Mj Wilson Photography

Release Country: France, Germany, Netherlands
Release Year: 1979 / Reissue Date: 05.14
Original Label: Various

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▶ LIVERPOOL ECHO - Liverpool Echo LP

A perfect pair alongside Rockin' Horse's 'Yes It Is,' the self-titled album by The Liverpool Echo makes a swaggering assertion for the enduring power and captivation of the early Mersey styles of McCartney & Lennon.

The idea was simple: make a hit record in the early, authentic style of the band with the most hits of all time – THE BEATLES – and use said record as a springboard to capitalize on the ten-year anniversary of their birth. And do it cheaply. And in only one week.

While The Liverpool Echo proved perhaps too late to ferry 'cross the Mersey and too early to dilate its pupils to Starry Eyes, the record they left behind remains the most wonderfully rocking cenotaph to the original Cavern Club 'moment' that I have ever encountered.

So you might as well surrender…It's for you!

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1973 / Reissue Date: 11.13
Original Label: Spark Records

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▶ LOST KIDS - 'Cola Freaks' 7" EP

One of the first and most prolific Danish punk groups, LOST KIDS formed in 1978 in Aarhus. They recorded 4 singles and 2 LPs in a style heavily influenced by UK punk however the second single "Cola Freaks" is perhaps their finest moment. Band members in monster makeup! Blistering guitar solos! Rezillos-style male/female vocals! And a note for note tribute to Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias"Snuffin Like That" in the song "Radden Dig"! A truly unique and highly sought after piece of Danish punk rock history back in print for all.

Release Country: Denmark
Release Year: 1979 / Reissue Date: 11.13
Original Label: Medley

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▶ BRETT SMILEY - 'Va Va Va Voom' b/w 'Space Ace' 7"

For every David Bowie, Brian Ferry or Marc Bolan, there were scores of glam divas-in-waiting like Jobriath and Brett Smiley. At least Jobriath, the world's first openly-gay rock star, got a chance to release two monstrously campy and epic LPs before public backlash silenced him forever. The winsome and sinewy Brett Smiley did not fare as well, recording Breathlessly Brett during a flurry of interest by the international music press, only to have the album cruelly pushed aside by an uncaring record industry and shelved permanently. Smiley was the willowy, blonde personification of glam, discovered and promoted like a classic Hollywood ingénue by Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham. Oldham's vision for Smiley was to elevate the young man to the rarefied status of untouchable superstar before his first single was out. This single, originally released in 1974 on the UK Anchor label stands as one of the best glam rock 45's of the era, reissued for the first time in it's original, very hard to find picture sleeve.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY GERED MANKOWITZ © BOWSTIR Ltd. 2014/Mankowitz.com

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1974 / Reissue Date: 11.13
Original Label: Anchor Records

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▶ JOOK - Jook Rule OK 2xLP

Jook came on like bastard sons of The Who and, if this first ever collection of the band's entire recorded works achieves anything, it should be to elevate the band from the Glitter Bin, and back to their rightful place as one of the greatest rock n’ roll acts ever.

More info including track listing, bio and press photos is available HERE

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1972-78 / Reissue Date: 6.13
Original Label: Various / Unreleased

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▶ THE BASTARDS- 'Funky Bastard' b/w 'Job In Town' 7"

The Kids (Belgium) released this single in Italy under the name 'The Bastards'. 2 classic tracks with different names / mixes from the LP (which has been bootlegged a enough times for this to be accepted as one of the best non-UK/US/Ireland bands of the first rock-n'-roll-tinged punk wave). "THIS IS ROCK AND ROLL"!!!!

Release Country: Italy
Release Year: 1977 / Reissue Date: 6.13
Original Label: Dig It.

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▶ SODA FRAISE - 'Ca Baigne Dans L'Huile' b/w 'Rock N' Roll's' 7"

Cash in single led by French musician Didier Bottier and commissioned by the artistic director of the French label Pathe' Marconi as both an answer to the Plastic Bertrand induced faux-punk hysteria that was sweeping France and as a marketing tool for Coca-Cola! ( promotional copies of the single with an altered sleeve featuring the Coca-Cola logo exist.) The mysterious "Strawberry Soda" disbanded after only one year leaving us this extremely sought after and truly amazing French punk two sider. 

Release Country: France
Release Year: 1980 / Reissue Date: 6.13
Original Label:Phlips.

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▶ COLOURED BALLS - Ball Power LP

Coloured Balls were one of the best pure rock n roll groups to emerge from the early 70s Australian scene.  Sure, The Saints and Radio Birdman stayed together longer and released a slew of fine albums during the punk era but it was the Coloured Balls who pioneered the proto punk sound earlier in the decade.  Their wildcard was Lobby Loyde, Australia’s premier guitar hero whose pivotal roles in beat/psych/blues rock groups The Purple Hearts, The Wild Cherries and Billy Thorpe’s Aztecs made him a major home-grown star down under.  Ball Power is full of raw, hard guitar rock and proto-punk. It's not only the Coloured Balls’ greatest album but also the finest music of Lobby Loyde’s long, fabled career. (Rising Storm)

More info including track listing, bio and press photos is available HERE

Release Country: Australia
Release Year: 1972 / Reissue Date: 12.12
Original Label: EMI

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▶ SLEAZE - S/T LP

1975 pre-Adverts LP from punk legend TV Smith. Originally released in an edition of only 50 copies.

TV Smith says...
14th June, 1975. It was a studio, a proper studio - just like the ones the proper bands recorded in. At least, it was the nearest I’d ever been to one and now my band Sleaze, that had so far had to make do with playing support slots at local clubs and discos - as well as the occasional “headline” gig in local school halls - was about to record some of our songs, just like a proper band.

Torquay in the mid seventies was not the easiest place and time to have a band, particularly a band that performed all its own material. The only group that anyone knew who’d ever made it out of this tourist backwater in the South West of England to any kind of international success was a rock band called Wishbone Ash, and the local audiences wanted to boogie away their evenings to music like that - or live bands playing covers of Status Quo or Free - not us, with our peculiar lengthy songs that sounded like a crossover between glam à la Bowie or Cockney Rebel and prog bands like Genesis or Van Der Graaf Generator. Around these parts, such pretensions were frowned upon.

But here we were, determined to get our music down on record whether anyone was interested or not. The family of our rhythm guitarist owned a large house in nearby Newton Abbot and for the preceding months had tolerated us taking over their music room for regular rehearsals. We were tight, we’d played a few gigs and now it was time to make a record. I’d spotted an advert in the local paper for a recording studio in Torquay being run by an ex-BBC engineer that looked like it could be what we needed. Even better, the studio could be hired for just a short period rather than a whole day, which made it just about affordable. We set up our equipment, the engineer placed the microphones and recorded a few minutes to check the sound, then we put the whole album straight onto tape, song by song, playing live with no overdubs. Two hours recording time, twenty pounds for the lot, plus another half hour for the engineer’s time splicing the tracks together, and the price of the two reels of tape. All in all, the Sleaze album cost the princely sum of £38.88. We went on to press up fifty copies onto vinyl, most of which we gave away to family and friends.

If we’d been a bit more savvy, we might have pressed more copies and tried to sell them at gigs, although as it turned out the band wasn’t to play many more of those. To be honest, we knew that this record was to be more of a swan song than the launch of a career. I’d gone to Torquay Polytechnic at the end of summer 1974, straight out of school, to take a year-long Art Foundation course and had been spending most of my time forming and playing with Sleaze rather than doing the course work, but the fact was that the college year was nearing the end, and soon the individual band members would be going their separate ways. In addition, I’d met a new girlfriend in the art department and not only did she have the same Iggy and New York Dolls records in her collection as I did, she’d shown an interest in learning bass guitar and wanted me to teach her. Within a year we’d moved to London together and started rehearsing a new band, she’d changed her name to Gaye Advert...and the rest is history. I was no longer a solitary musical rebel pushing against a door that refused to budge. I was one of a multitude of rebels who felt the same way I did. This record is the sound of that rebellion trying to find its way, the door creaking against its hinges - a year before punk exploded, the door finally blew open and the music scene changed forever.

More info including track listing, bio and press photos is available HERE

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1975 / Reissue Date: 12.12
Original Label: No Label / Private Press

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▶ McELROY BROS. - Can't You See Me Smilin LP

The McElroy Bros.' Can't You See Me Smilin' LP is a private-press pop masterpiece recorded in 1977 in rural Vermont by identical twin brothers, Brian and Bruce McElroy. Using familiar 60's British-invasion song structures, the album is somehow instantly familiar while the recording and instrumentation are both totally unique -- perhaps, it's the unrivaled keyboard playing... or the harmonizing vocals that only twins could deliver. Whatever it is, this album is extremely sought after by pop and powerpop fans alike and has managed to eluded many others for too long now! (Repressed in an edition of 500 copies only, LP includes 18x24 poster!!)

More info including track listing, bio and press photos is available HERE

Want more? Check out the interview we did with Brian & Bruce on our blog, HERE.

Release Country: USA
Release Year: 1977 / Reissue Date: 12.12
Original Label: Paja's

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▶ THE BLITZ BOYS - 'Eddy's New Shoes' 7" EP

Punks were few and far between in the Forest of Dean - a remote, heavily wooded, former coal-mining area on the border between England and Wales. You had to be dedicated or stupid to survive the constant ambushes from local disco boys, bikers and rugby club drunks. Five teenage punks ('Topper' Toplis, Jer Phelps, Drew Smith, Jon Ralphs, Barry Phillips) united in a love of The Boys, The Ramones, T Rex and 60s girl-groups formed The Blitz Boys. A million miles from the narcissism of the deteriorating London scene the boys drew inspiration more from Northern Ireland - the tunes and escapism of Good Vibrations Records, of Protex, Rudi, The Outcasts and The Undertones.

It was DIY or do-nothing. Gigs were initially few and far between - and what gigs there were often ended abruptly due to fighting amongst, or with, the audiences...or equipment failure. Helped by incendiary Gloucester punks Demob, who gave them support slots, the boys began to pick up more gigs and press. In 1980 The Blitz Boys second studio venture yielded 3 tracks – live favourites Eddy's New Shoes, She Told My Friends She Loved Me (But She's Too Shy To Talk To Me) and Eddy's Friend. Self-funded with the support of their loyal circle of friends and fans, and with outstanding artwork from the Inadequate Youth, the Eddy's New Shoes EP was released on the bands own Told You So Records – a dig at a journalist who predicted they'd never achieve anything. Within a week the title track was getting repeated plays by John Peel who also aired both flip-side tracks. The great man 'got it', commenting that he loved bands who created their own world. They met with Peel at the BBC and things momentarily looked bright with a second single planned and talk of a Peel session. But it wasn't to be. The band was always destined to burn briefly (and vividly). Eddy's New Shoes was a poignant legacy created from the chaos and the total lack of focus which would lead to the bands inevitable evaporation. Barry carried his guitar through various other bands eventually realising his ambition when The Rainsaints signed to Good Vibrations Records.

Meanwhile, Eddy's New Shoes became a cult track - pirated on a number of punk compilations despite the band's ambivalence, but until now never legitimately re-released.

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1980 / Reissue Date: 08.12
Original Label: Told You So.

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▶ ADRENALIN - 'Cumz 'N' Goes' b/w 'Rock 'N' Roll Screamer'

Detroit Rock circa 1976 meant one thing and one thing only:  the ready-made light beer commercial sounds of ‘Night Moves’ by Silver Bullet Bob Seger.  And if that one fact is not enough to convince you that the high time, high-tide of high-powered Motor City rock was definitively dead mid-Me-Decade then you can see also Glenn Frey.  However, there remained many ideological hold-outs; bright spots amongst the burned-out crags of Detroit’s blighted skyline:  Sonic’s Rendezvous, Death, The Dogs, Lightnin’.   But the band that came the closest – in true garage group style – to recapturing the excitement and spirit of the Grande Ballroom with one fell double-sided swoop before hopping a bus-ride back to nowhere was Adrenalin.  Looking, from surviving video footage, like the featured entertainment at a Hamtramck Junior Prom, but sounding like a junior varsity MC5, the Guitar Army rampage on ‘Rock N Roll Screamer’ reeks of amphetamines and A2 residue; the gymnastic histrionics of Sonic Smith most particularly.  The flip-side’s no slouch either.  Easily in the same league as ‘City Slang,’ ‘Raw Power’ or ‘Borderline,’ ‘Rock N Roll Screamer,’ originally issued without a picture sleeve on the obscure local Fiddlers imprint, is the happiest of accidents as Adrenalin’s intentions were never proto-punk glory.  The best record I don’t own and, in my mind, the best justification for the continued search for obscure and unknown records.  BUY IT NOW! (Collin Makamson)

Release Country: USA
Release Year: 1977 / Reissue Date: 08.12
Original Label: Fiddler's Music Company.

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▶ SHAMBLES - 'Hello Baby' b/w 'Held Me Spellbound'

Shambles were led by ex-Mandrake Paddle Steamer singer Brian Engel and their only single is made up of two absolute corkers. Hello Baby is a great hi-energy Power Pop/Glam number that is totally infectious and the B side, the wild and rockin' Held Me Spellbound is as good if not better than Jook covering Watch Your Step. More than inspired by That's Alright Mama, Spellbound features 2 blistering lead guitar breaks that will strip your walls bare. Both tracks are wonderfully loud and bright thanks to the great Roy Thomas Baker production.

I am amazed at the number of acts that Brian Engel was involved with: He was in Starbuck (the Do You Like Boys one), Prowler, Liverpool Echo, Limey and others… including a stint with The New Seekers! (Purepop)

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1975 / Reissue Date: 06.12
Original Label: RCA Victor.

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▶ THE SPELLING MISTAKES - 'Feels So Good' EP

Formed in 1979 from the remnants of two bands, Get Smart and The Aliens, their line-up was Nick Hanson (vocals), Julian Hanson (drums), and Warwick Fowler (guitar). Initial bassist, Keith Bacon, was replaced early in 1980 by Nigel Russell.

Released in 1980, the 'Feels So Good' EP was well received, but problems began to mount: Fowler had acquired the habit of wearing a Nazi SS uniform on stage, which combined with the quartet's pre-existing "boot boy" following resulted in a total ban from the Auckland club scene.
Even so, the record reached number 29 in New Zealand and probably could of sold more but the label lacked funding.

They were even approached by Phonogram and asked to contribute to a 'solid gold' type album however when Phonogram heard the song they immediately asked for their compilation advance cheque back.

**The sleeve was scratched on the way to the printer and you can still see it on the cover.

Release Country: New Zealand
Release Year: 1980 / Reissue Date: 06.12
Original Label: Propeller Records.

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▶ ROTTWEILER - 'I'm Down' b/w 'Wanna Be Your Friend'

Consisting of Bengt Johansson (b), Lars-Göran Bäck (d), Håkan Schüler (v) and Per-Erik Johansson (gtr), Rottweiler originally started in the town of Nässjö 1979 but moved on to Lund and Malmö in the very south of Sweden in 1980. The band´s first and only recording was released just before the move and issued in an edition of 500 copies. The B-side appeared on Powerpearls Vol. 7 but until now 'I'm Down' existed solely on the original pressing. 1981 the band decided to change names, add another bandmember and started to sing with swedish lyrics; at the same time - Perfekt Alibi was born.

Release Country: Sweden
Release Year: 1980 / Reissue Date: 03.12
Original Label: Rottweiler.

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▶ ROCKIN' HORSE - Yes It Is LP

Rockin' Horses' "Yes It Is" has been critically hailed as one of the true lost British power pop relics. When the late Greg Shaw (Bomp Records & Magazine) created his Voxx subsidiary, the first single he decided to reissue was Rockin' Horses' 1971 magnum opus single, "The Biggest Gossip in Town." Shaw declared that the single was the greatest power pop song of all time – heady stuff.

The power pop sounds of "Yes It Is" have been favorably compared to the best of The Beatles' "Let it Be" era and Badfinger's early 1970 efforts. As an homage, the band's name was drawn from The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and the album title itself from The Beatles B-side of "Ticket to Ride."

Rockin' Horse was formed in 1971 by lifelong best friends Jimmy Campbell (The Kirkbys/23rd Turnoff) and Billy Kinsley (The Merseybeats/The Merseys) after the end of their respective Liverpool bands had split. Joining the Liverpool core duo were hired studio guns: Bobby Falloon (guitar), Stan Gorman (drums) and Michael Snow (keyboards).

Having been schooled in the very same musical influences as the Fab Four, the end result is eerily similar to the sound the Beatles were creating at the end of their career during 1968-1970. The album was not an attempt to "ape" The Beatles' sound, but more the end product of having grown up as contemporaries of The Beatles in Liverpool and listening to the same records and playing the same circuits . How could they not end up sounding similar?

Locating a copy of the original album is close to impossible and very expensive. Now you can own one of the greatest power pop recordings of all time on vinyl with its original Hipgnosis sleeve design.

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1971 / Reissue Date: 01.12
Original Label: Philips

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▶ SCREAMING URGE - 'Homework' b/w 'Runaway'

Columbus, Ohio forms the southern point of Ohio's golden triangle of D.I.Y. (with Cleveland at the north, and someplace between Akron and Youngstown to the east). From these few hundred square miles emerged dozens of bands whose musical roots flow directly from the splendidly guileless art-rock of Rocket From the Tombs and Pere Ubu -with barely a trace of Ramones, Sex Pistols or Elvis Costello... Screaming Urge's "Homework" is this series' theme-song. They were certainly the punkiest outfit in the gloriously experimental Columbus scene at the turn of the '80s, but the thoroughly un-punk artwork on their LPs and the EP still scares off the headbangers. They played the heck out of Columbus' clubs, church halls, sidewalks and a burlesque club they rented. Major label nibbles came to naught, but they left behind a cool 45 (New Age 002) and two LPs-worth of world-class DIY-punk. Drummer Dave Manic went on to Great Plains.


Release Country: USA
Release Year: 1980 / Reissue Date: 01.12
Original Label: New Age.

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▶ PUMPHOUSE GANG - Pumphouse Gang LP

Formed from the ashes of a mid-70's rock band called Horse, the founding members of Pumphouse Gang - Ricky Wreckage (vocals), Ralph Von Wau Wau (bass), SG Coolbridge (guitar) and Dread 'Family Man' Jones (drums) were active on the fringes of the UK punk scene as early as late 1976. The band made regular trips from their base in Ryde on the Isle Of Wight to play London's live circuit at venues like The Marquee, The Speakeasy and The Nashville, and on the same bill as acts like Generation X, Fabulous Poodles, The Lurkers and The Only Ones.

This album features the best of Pumphouse Gang's material for Splash Records, including eight tracks never previously released on vinyl. Lost classics like 'When We Were Young', 'Black And White' and 'Teenage Lament' together with those now highly collectable Splash singles only emphasise how wrong the record buying public were to ignore the band back then. Perhaps this LP will go some way to righting that wrong. - James Denholm (Worthless Trash)

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▶ DWARF - 'Gotta Get Louder' b/w 'I Won't Be Back'

Once in a while a single gets plucked out of obscurity which is a total revelation and becomes an obsession to track down, but rarely does this same single get played over and over and you know it has the staying power to remain a firm favourite forever. I am very glad to say that this single is one of these rare beasts. It is everything you could ever wish for and absolutely ticks ALL the right boxes.

How to put a tag on 'Gotta Get Loude'r? It sits somewhere between Proto-Punk, Bubblegum/Hard Rock and Powerpop. It's insanely catchy and an instant exuberant classic. What makes this even more amazing is that most of the band were 15 at the time!

'I Won't Be Back' is stupendous in its snotty Teenage Punk attitude. I was thinking of The Runaways as I believed a girl singer was involved, but this is not the case as explained by Nick Piunti "that would be me, make that pre-pubescent me..." The guitars clang and crash, the drums are full power with added momentum of a glorious cowbell nailing everything down to the beat. So put both tracks together and you end up with the best coupling since Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton! - Robin Wills (PurePop)

**The original release was issued without artwork. The reissue comes housed in a Sing Sing Records company sleeve.

Release Country: USA
Release Year: 1975 / Reissue Date: 10.11
Original Label: Merlyn Records.

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▶ BRAD LONG - 'Love Me Again' b/w 'Come To Me'

In and out of unrecorded regional combos since the late 1960's, Logansport, IN music store owner Brad Long issued this, his lone single, on his own Music Stand label in the summer of 1977. Featuring a warm, lo-fi basement pop sound with stylistic roots firmly grounded in the mid 60's, both 'Come to Me' and 'Love me Again'  evoke a hazy mood reminiscent of early Twilley. Also included with the release were a series of press releases, a section of which listed Long's heroes as Roger McGuinn, Paul Revere and the Raiders and Joe Meek. Greeted with positive reviews in the pages of ( Ballroom) Blitz and NY Rocker, Long later contributed a cover of the Rolling Stone's 'Tell Me' to the first VOXX ' Battle of the Garages' compilation. (Collin Makamson)

Release Country: USA
Release Year: 1977 / Reissue Date: 08.11
Original Label: No Label, Self-Released.

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▶ LIQUID STONE - 'Here Comes The Weekend' b/w 'Because Of You'

From the small town of Buckingham, 60 miles north of London, Liquid Stone was a four piece band that was formed by Ronni, Mick and Muz in the mid Seventies . Various line-ups centred around the key member, Ronni Sunderland (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Mick Prod (backing vocals and lead guitar) but it reached the pinnicle of its career in May 1980 with Ian (Muz) Murray on Bass (also vocals) and Ian (Tanner) Tansley on drums . After supporting the UK Subs at 'Friars' in Aylesbury, the Subs were so impressed they asked Liquid Stone to accompany them on their 'Brand New Age' tour of the UK and in May 1980 the two bands toured the country playing to audiences from St Austell to Hull and culminating in a gig at the famous Rainbow Theatre in London.

The band were well known for their energetic and professional performances. Always a crowd pleaser, Liquid Stone decided to cut their one and only single, 'Here Comes the Weekend' in 1979. All still teenagers at the time the band made their way North to Red Ball Studios in Market Drayton to lay down the tracks but it wasn't until 1981 that the single was formally released. This didn't stop the band topping the offical 'Oi!' charts in 1980 with a live recording of the tracks. Liquid Stone continued to rock clubs and venues around London for the next couple of years and all the members are still playing today.

**The original release was issued without artwork. The reissue comes housed in a Sing Sing Records company sleeve.

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1981 / Reissue Date: 04.11
Original Label: Liquid Stone Music

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▶THE BUZZ - 'Insanity' b/w 'Him Not Me' 'Sick At Heart'

A very rare and increasingly collectable piece of plastic issued in March '79 on the Redball label in an edition of 1,000 copies, this EP features three under-produced two-chorders, recorded by a Shrewsbury-based outfit formed in early 1978 by Nic Evans (v/gtr), Cob Hillers aka Chris Hill (gtr/v), Gym Slips aka Jim Phillips (b/v) and TwoFourty Volts aka Kevin Higgs (d/v). The killer track is SICK AT HEART with its great Buzzcockian riff and TVPs-like 'ooooh'-chorus. Recommended. A different line-up of The Buzz – Kevin Higgs was replaced by Ian R. Davies, Chris Hill moved to bass and lead vocalist Chris Bellingham was recruited – would enter Foel Studios in July 1981 recording the album ASYLUM, self-released in a pressing of 1,000 copies a couple of months later. (45 Revolutions)


Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1979 / Reissue Date: 04.11
Original Label: Redball

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▶ THE MOONDOGS - 'Heads I Win' b/w 'Two's A Crowd'

A very scarce 7" from a Liverpool-based group formed in 1976 by Ian Irvine (gtr/v), Patrick Colohan (gtr/v), Dave Gough (b/v) and Steve Plumber (d). After making their live debut in summer 1977 at the Hope St. Fringe Festival, The Moondogs built up a growing cult following with the incendiary renditions of Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent oldies. In 1978 Plumber was replaced by Tony Dolman and the new line-up record this single, produced by former Deaf School drummer Time Whittaker and issued in October 1979 on Rexette Records, and independent label created by Roger Earle, founder of Eric's Club. Pressed in an edition of 1,000 copies, the platter includes the Powerpoppy TWO'S A CROWD on the flip and the Freakbeat A-side HEADS I WIN, whose riff is similar to the Psyschodelic cult song MY FATHER'S NAME IS DAD by Fire. In 1980 The Moondogs changed moniker to The English, to avoid confusion with the other Moondogs, releasing one single for Albion Records (the A-side of which, HOORAY FOR THE ENGLISH, is a great Powerpop tune) before splitting. Dolman soon joined Lawnmower, a short-lived combo who included future Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall. (45 Revolutions)

Release Country: UK/Holland
Release Year: 1979 / Reissue Date: 04.11
Original Label: Rexette

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▶ PROTEX - Strange Obsessions LP

Strange Obsesesions has long been the holy grail of fervent record collectors worldwide. Rumors have abound that this album had been released in Holland and or that there were a small number of white label test pressings in existence but none of these claims have ever been substantiated. As far as I can ascertain, this is the first time that ten of these tracks have become commercially available anywhere. The fruits of these Chas Chandler sessions had only been previously hinted at with the bands final singles and the track All I Wanna Do Is Rock ‘N’ Roll that appeared on the American only Polydor compilation album Made In Britain.

The title track of this release is worth the entrance fee alone. A genuine teen anthem if there ever was one. A live rendition of the song was featured in the Shellshock Rock movie but to get to hear the song recorded in a proper studio is truly a blissful experience. The production is clean and crisp and it baffles me how either the band or record company were dissatisfied with these sessions at the time. Perhaps when revisited and with the hindsight of time on their side their perspectives may have changed.

(Sean O'Neill; co-author of It Makes You Wanna Spit!)

More info including track listing, bio and press photos is available HERE

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▶ ORBITS - 'Make The Rules' b/w 'Phenomenal World'

Formed in Milwaukee, The Orbits were a mod/powerpop three-piece band whose outstanding "Make The Rules" can be heard on the 2nd volume of Powerpearls. Old bandmate (and also Shivvers' drummer) Jim Richardson once qualified the combo as "Brian Jones on speed fronting The Jam". In fact, the trio was typical of the US vintage late `70s powerpop sound, as they were true garage activists drawing from the `60s legacy much more subtly than their UK contemporaries. Juvenile, disarming, devoid of all pretence or anything. Original members, bassist Scott Krueger, guitarist Breck Burns and drummer Bob Wrenn weren't at the first attempt to start out a band. They played in early incarnations of The Orbits like In A Hot Coma, The Craze (which included guitarist Howie Epstein), and The Drones but their only 7" vinyl appearance was due to The Orbits. Indeed, released on the tiny label No.1, "Make The Rules" backed with smashing "Phenomenal World" were in the bins in 1980, in fact the same week than Milwaukee bandmates The Shivvers' "Teen Line" 7" single. They would be remembered for their blistering sets (they covered The Jam's "In The City", The Who's "So Sad About Us") but their studio counterparts were really worth a try. The Orbits sound was tight like a strong black coffee (or its chemical equivalent) but enriched with a lot of pop artifacts (clear vocals, handclaps, peals of guitar riffs, "lalala-la" background vocals). The Shivvers and The Orbits would later morph into one, keeping The Shivvers name and would include Jim Richardson, Scott Krueger, Breck Burns, guitarist Mike Pyle, and singer, songwriter, keyboardist Jill Kossoris.

Release Country: USA
Release Year: 1980 / Reissue Date: 11.09
Original Label: No. 1

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▶ BLAZE X - 'Some Hope' b/w 'Rippy'

Blaze X formed in late 1975 in Tuam. They quickly learned to play and scored support slots for touring bands such as The Radiators, The Fuze, Tony Koklin and most famously U2 at Leisure Land in Galway on December 18, 1980. In November 1980 they entered RCF Studios in Galway and recorded their self-released single which sold well locally but didn't have much distribution apart from some mailorder sales. Only 500 copies pressed and it's a tough one to find these days. Most were sold locally and some were sent out as promos -- one of which went to RTE DJ Larry Gogan, who made it his Hit-Pick of the week (though the B-side "Rippy" was banned). Despite this success, the band failed to get on TV and no more copies were pressed. They split in 1981 when they failed to achieve their ambitions. (Eamonn Keane)

Release Country: Ireland
Release Year: 1980 / Reissue Date: 08.09
Original Label: Fixed Wheel

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