Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Shoes For Industry - "Singles,Sessions,and Live 1979-81" (a Die or DIY? Compilation)

This lot take me back to the Actors in groups discussion we indulged in during the Punishment Of Luxury posts; for Shoes For Industry,as well as having a similar style of moniker, they were the 'house band' of the Crystal Theatre in Bristol. At least singer Paul Bassett Davies trod the boards, and was a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe, as well as a comedy script writer for radio, and now writes funny books too.His voice has that dodgy Spherical Objects, Deep Freeze Mice quality, that could be annoying,but as the lyrics are so good, remarkably, i am the very opposite of annoyed (unusual for me).Another theatre connection is their group name, which was taken from a 'Firesign Theatre' routine.
In fact,this bunch sound like very entertaining chaps indeed;in all departments,great tunes, funny,intelligent lyrics,and backed by Bristol's version of the Blockheads.
Barely had they poked there heads above water when they disappeared from view...never to reform again.Something a lot of far worse groups have failed to achieve in recent times, to disastrous effect! 
Here we have their two excellent singles,and their sole Peel Session, along with a live soundboard recorded live bootleg from Berlin!?


1-Devil Dogs (Peel Session 10-09-1979)
2-War Of The Potatoes (Peel Session 10-09-1979)
3-Shell Shock (Peel Session 10-09-1979)
4-Fear Of Wages (Peel Session 10-09-1979)
5-Falling In Love Again (Single a-side 1979)
6-Laughing Song (Single B-Side 1979)
7-Spend (Single A-Side 1980)
8-Sheepdog Trial inna Babylon (Single B-Side 1980)
9-Fathers Trousers (Live in Berlin 1980)
10-Slave Of Love (Live in Berlin 1980)
11-3 Tons Now (Live in Berlin 1980)
12-Imaginary Boogie Doll (Live in Berlin 1980)
13-Sheepdog Trial Inna Babylon (Live in Berlin 1980)

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Shoes For Industry ‎– "Talk Like A Whelk" (Fried Egg Records ‎– FRY1) 1980

The most boring band I ever saw live came from it wasn't "Shoes For Industry"; I'm talking about the dreadful Massive Attack.
Shoes For Industry are the very opposite of Massive Attack; talented tune-smiths who write their own stuff instead of nicking it,and can actually perform it, and, most importantly,they have a sense of humour. You never saw these chaps pictured in half light looking mean and moody with a backdrop of recent technology; taking oneself too seriously isn't an attractive quality, especially if you're a boring fucker.
I suspected the lead singer,Paul Bassett Davies, was a frustrated comedian, and lo and behold he seems to have carved out a reasonably successful career for himself as a comedy script writer and novelist.Even winning....gulp...'awards'!?
However the award he is winning this evening, as one of Shoes For Industry, is in the third best band from Bristol ever, category, in which they beat Massive Attack by at least a couple of hundred places.
No doubt there will be persons in the comments section telling me how fantastic 'Blue Lines' is? Well don't bother 'cus you're wrong!
There are few songs to rival "Invasion Of The French Boyfriends" for satirising European stereotypes, both in its accurate description of the swarthy French libertine, and the British sense of inadequacy in the realms of romance. All this and managing to be genuinely funny too, an art-form that seldom achieves its goal.
There are plenty of clever and funny moments hidden in the lyrics of this, their sole long player.I'm rather fond of "The War Of The Potatoes".......who won that war? I hear you ask......I don't know!....I'm paraphrasing again, so download the album and find out.
It's definitely NOT boring!


A1 The War Of The Potatoes
A2 Fear Of Wages
A3 Invasion Of The French Boyfriends
A4 Jerusalem
A5 Depilation
A6 Shell Shock
B1 Violent Stabbing With A Knife
B2 The Changeling featuring Devil Dogs and Slave Of Love
B3 Talk Like A Whelk

Monday, 19 June 2017

Glaxo Babies ‎– "Nine Months To The Disco" (Heartbeat Records ‎– HB2) 1980

It's Glaxo Babies but not as we knew them.
After a line-up change, our second favourite Bristolians recorded their only official album, and its like a different group made it. No vocals,lots of of showing off how eclectic and sophisticated their record collections are, and some on-trend bass slapping,all glued together with a disco beat.
It was time to break up and they obliged us. Dick Catsis taking his funky bass slappin', and "Shake (the Foundations)" to the Pop Group.
A sad demise to a group with buckets of potential.


A1 Maximal Sexual Joy
A2 This Is Your Vendetta
A3 Seven Days
A4 Electric Church
A5 Nine Months To The Disco
B1 Promised Land
B2 The Tea Master And The Assassin
B3 Free Dem Cells
B4 Dinosaur Disco Meets The Swampsstomp
B5 Conscience
B6 Slim
B7 Shake (The Foundations)

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Glaxo Babies ‎– "Put Me On The Guest List" (Heartbeat Records ‎– HBM 3) 1980

Early Glaxo Babies demo tracks from 1978 to 79, including a plodding version of the classic "This Is Your Life" and a reggae version of "Who Killed Bruce Lee".Some of the other tracks are lesser versions to the ones recorded for The John Peel Show, and for their excellent singles. However,its a better record than the official LP "Nine Months to the Disco" released earlier that same year.


A1 Avoiding The Issue*
A2 Because Of You*
A3 This Is Your Life*
A4 Police State*
A5 Who Killed Bruce Lee (Version)#
B1 Stay Awake*
B2 She Went To Pieces#
B3 Burning#
B4 Flesh#
B5 Puppet Patrol~

* 01/12/78. 
#   09/03/79
~   25/06/79. 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Glaxo Babies - "Singles and Sessions 1979-80" (a Die or DIY? Compilation)

Another classic post punk combo from Bristol are Glaxo Babies, briefly called Gl*xo Babies when the pharmaceutical giant of the same name threatened legal action unless they changed their name. It was an unflattering reference to the fact that the very same drugs company had provided Thalidomide ,which caused deformities in unborn foetus's.......that's capitalism for you, killing and maiming our kids and ruining our favourite pop groups names.
Glaxo Babies released a string of classic singles and EPs in 1979-80, which were never matched by their long players. Again, this oversight was remedied by the BBC, with two great Peel sessions.
Put all this together and you've got one of the greatest post-punk albums that never existed!
Its almost impossible to choose between "Christine Keeler" , "This is Your Life", "Who Killed Bruce Lee", and punky funk classic "Shake",which was frequently covered live by The Pop Group, as their greatest un-hit.
In fact, bassist Dan Catsis, would add his considerable talents on the four strings for The Pop Group from 1980 onwards(sadly he's also in the recently reformed poop groop!); which explains why they started to sound like the Glaxo Babies plus Mark Stewart from then on.(but doesn't explain why they now sound like Haircut 100?!)
For which track the Glaxo's earned their place on the infamous Nurse With Wound list, i can't be bothered to find out, but on it they are! They are a bit too funky for Stephen Stapleton and chums,but, "It's Irrational", stands out out as an early example of ferocious discordant guitarwork, more akin with the kind of 'No Wave' stuff that was gestating on Thalidomide in New York at the time. Then again, if The Pop Group were american wouldn't we be dumping them in with the No Wave lot too?.....or were they too political for those mid-town trendies, rather like The Glaxo Babies?


01 Christine Keeler [Christine Keeler 7" 1979)
02 Nova Bossa Nova [B-side Christine Keller 7")
03 This Is Your Life [This Is Your Life EP 1979)
04 Stay Awake [This Is Your Life EP 1979)
05 Because Of You [This Is Your Life EP 1979)
06 Who Killed Bruce Lee¿ [This Is Your Life EP 1979)
07 Shake (The Foundations) [single 1980)
08 She Went To Pieces (Live 28-03-1979, Shake B-side)
09 It's Irrational [Peel Session 17-04-79)
10 Bruce Lee [Peel Session 17-04-1979)
11 She Went To Pieces [Peel Session 17-04-79)
12 Burning [Peel Session 17-04-1979]
13 Limited Entertainment [Peel Session 19-02-1980]
14 Dahij [Peel Session 19-02-1980]
15 There'll Be No Room For You In The Shelter [Peel Session 19-02-1980]
16 Permission To Be Wrong [Peel Session 19-02-1980]

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Pop Group ‎– "Idealists In Distress From Bristol" ( Vinyl Japan ‎– JASKCD195) 2007

Two whole compact disc's of vintage live performances by everyone's favourite Bristolian Punk Funk Dub combo, including several unreleased tunes, and a Capitol Radio session track from 1979; which was also included on "Cabinet Of Curiosities" and listed as being 'Live in Bristol 1978'????
The quality of the recordings are varied, as are the sources.Most are audience bootleg recordings, with only the Helsinki and Milan gigs being obviously soundboard feeds. Alas, its all very listenable, and captures the live energy and anger of this innovative,once legendary, and ironically named pop group.


Capitol Radio Session, April 5th 1979
1.1 Don't Sell Your Dreams 3:42

Locarno Ballroom, Portsmouth UK, March 8 1979
1.2 She Is Beyond Good And Evil 5:48
1.3 Don't Call Me Pain 7:33
1.4 Snow Girl 3:39
1.5 Don't Sell Your Dreams 3:39
1.6 The Boys From Brazil 4:55
1.7 We Are Time 5:41

Milan, Italy, 1980
1.8 Thief Of Fire 1:36
1.9 Forces Of Oppression 2:17

"Beat The Blues" Festival, Alexandra Palace, London, June 16 1980
1.10 Shake The Foundations 3:26
1.11 Forces Of Oppression 2:24
1.12 Feed The Hungry 4:08
1.13 Thief Of Fire 3:50
1.14 There Are No Spectators 5:08
1.15 God Problems Communism 2:47
1.16 For How Much Longer 4:26
1.17 Justice 3:44
1.18 We Are All Prostitutes 4:40
1.19 Shake The Foundations 3:40


Koln, West Germany, February 5 1980
2.1 Shake The Foundations 1:47
2.2 Forces Of Oppression 3:21
2.3 Thief Of Fire 3:27
2.4 Feed The Hungry 3:39
2.5 There Are No Spectators 3:57
2.6 Crime Of The Evening 2:51
2.7 For How Much Longer 4:10
2.8 Where There's A Will 4:47
2.9 Justice 3:21
2.10 We Are All Prostitutes 6:46
2.11 Shake The Foundations 3:02

Helsinki, Finland, October 1980
2.12 Liberty City 9:50
2.13 Hotter Than 1000 Suns 5:58
2.14 Feed The Hungry 4:36
2.15 Entertain Your Life Away 4:54

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Pop Group ‎– "Cabinet Of Curiosities" (Freaks R Us ‎– FREAK 2) 2014

The reformation of The Pop Group has finally brought about the release of the remainder of the Pop Group archives.
This is the companion disc to the "We Are Time" official bootleg. A couple of live unreleased tunes,an 'original' version of a classic, remixes,and the rest of the Peel session from the tenth of August 1978; including a slow motion version of "Words Disobey Me". There's a weird 'pop' version of "Don't Sell Your Dreams" that reminds me of the crud that they would release in the recent reformed version of this classic group.
I double checked to see if the new stuff was as bad as I thought, so I re-listened to "Citizen Zombie" from 2015, and it was even worse than I remembered! Yes it really does sound like Haircut 100 fronted by Mark Stewart. Its even shitter than the 21st century version of PiL.


1-Where There's A Will (Foel Studio 1980, Remastered Single)
2-She Is Beyond Good And Evil(Ramport Studio 1978,Original Version)
3-Colour Blind (Live Brussels 1978)
4-Words Disobey Me (Peel Session 10-08-1978)
5-Don't Sell Your Dreams (Demo 1978)
6-We Are Time (Peel Session 10-08-1978)
7-Abstract Heart (Live Brussels 1978)
8-Amnesty Report III (Previously Unreleased Mix Of 1979 Single)
9-Karen's Car (Live Helsinki 1980)

The Pop Group ‎– "We Are Time" (Rough Trade ‎– ROUGH 12, Y Records ‎– Y 5) 1980

The Pop Groups 'Official' bootleg, compiling demos, live tracks,and radio sessions onto one handy black disc. Not a bad track on here (excepting 'springer',which is rather irritating).
The revived Poop Groop are currently destroying their legacy at a concert venue and record shop near you, but don't let that detract from the brilliance of their back catalogue,which you should already have in your collection and know intimately.Of which 'We are Time' is an essential part.


1- Trap - demo 78
2- Thief of Fire - live Electric Ballroom 79
3- Genius or Lunatic - live Brussels 78
4- Color Blind - demo 78
5- Spanish Inquisition - live 79 (venue unknown)
6- Kiss the Book - John Peel Session 78
7- Amnesty Report - Foel Studios 79 

8- Springer
9- Sense of Purpose - demo 78
10-We Are Time - live Glastonbury 79

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Pop Group - "The Boys Whose Head Exploded (live 1979-80)" (Freaks R Us FREAK20LP) 2016

File under Post-Punk.
This is post-punk with zero per cent progressive content, thirty-three and a third funk and soul.A sprinkling of free Jazz and Dub,you name it, its in there.Which I guess is a definition of 'Post-punk' after it was released from the straitjacket of its rocky predecessor.
The preachy nature of the Pop Groups manifesto like lyrics tends to get on ones proverbial tits, and the dance-ability irks somewhat as a nod towards the commerciality they allegedly detested.
Then, the cherry on the top, they go and reform as slightly rotund middle-aged blokes, to earn some dough.....ironically they still play "We Are All Prostitutes" but now in the style of a Haircut One Hundred tribute band.
What we have here are ten live cuts from 1979 to 1980, all of which verge on the cusp of total chaos.
Bruce Smith (the drummer), has the particular distinction of playing in two of the worst reformed groups from this specific epoch; namely The Pop Group, and PiL. They both should take a leaf out of This Heats book of how to do things;starting with make good music , and then call themselves 'This Is Not.... The Pop Group'.In the case of PiL, they should have used the prefix 'This Is Not...' from about 1982.


We Are All Prostitutes (Live Milan 1980)
Justice (Live Cologne 1980)
How Much Longer (Live Cologne 1980)
Blind Faith (Live Sheffield 1979)
Forces Of Oppression (Live Cologne 1980)
There Are No Spectators (Live Cologne 1980)
Feed The Hungry (Live Cologne 1980)
Rob A Bank (Live Milan 1980)
Shake The Foundations (Live Cologne 1980)
73 Shadow Street (Live Helsinki 1980)

Monday, 12 June 2017

Prag VEC - "Peel Sessions 1978-79"

Pragmatically ,the definition of 'Vector' seems to describe the music of Prag VEC quite satisfactorily indeed thank you very much....'a quantity having direction as well as magnitude, especially as determining the position of one point in space relative to another.'
And , as usual, the recordings made for the BBC are especially representative of a groups sound in their natural state.
Unfortunately, this groups third John Peel session seems to be absent without leave......does anyone have it out there? More Prag VEC please?


01 Nervous [08-23-78]
02 Ruby [08-23-78]
03 Stay [08-23-78]
04 Bits [08-23-78]
05 Hijack [01-29-79]
06 Toast [01-29-79]
07 The Follower [01-29-79]
08 Expert [01-29-79]

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Prag VEC - "Live in Plymouth 20-02-1979" (Bootleg)

An extremely rare bootleg of Prag VEC in a live situation.
Its an audience recording, but quite good quality.I have no idea if they are supporting a main act or if they are headlining, but its a short set of around twenty minutes, which suggests the former.I suspect its from Magazine's uk tour early in 1979.


1- Expert
2- Uh Oh Erotic
3- Wolf
4- Toast
5- Bits
6- Ruby
7- Third Person

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Prag VEC - "No-Cowboys" (Spec Records – reSPECt 1) 1980

Post-punk enigmas ,prag VEC, never released an actual album as such; but they did release a fake compilation called 'No Cowboys,which was filled with tracks by themselves (prag VEC) masquerading as fake groups with names like 'The Couch Potatoes' and 'Vince Quince And His Rialto Ballroom Detectives'.Hi-jinks indeed?
It also features Jim Thirlwell on the Wasp Synth, in the days before he became a Foetus; his work never got better than this.
Experimental proto-indie Art-rock of the highest caliber.

A1 –Laugh
A2 –Third Person
A3 –Nervous
A4 –Happy Valley
A5 –Mens Casual Wear 1962
A6 –Breaking Point
A7 –Your Your Lay Lay
A8 –By The Sea
B1 –Uh Oh Erotic
B2 –Welcome Home
B3 –My Name's Eddie
B4 –You're The Gun
B5 –Cigar-Ettes (Y.M.C.A. Oct 79)

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Prag VEC ‎– "Bits EP" (Spec Records ‎– SP001) 1978

A group frequently seen supporting nigh-on every 'post-punk ' act going, especially Magazine, in 1978/9 was proto-indie arty types Prag VEC.
Admirably 'Prog' free, they were an early pointer to what would become know as 'Indie' to floppy fringed students everywhere.
The band name was apparently a contraction of the two words "pragmatism" and "vector", chosen at random.
Later line-ups featured Jim "Foetus" Thirlwell, whose career went decidedly downhill, musically, from there, but uphill in terms of success.Personally, Foetus is one of those musical projects I can't abide......unlike Prag VEC who are brilliant; even though they occasionally indulge themselves with that Post-Punk cliché of writing a song with French lyrics. A 'proggy' tactic to show your peers how intellectual you works, and as a bi-product you inevitably get an audience in France; and they will never forget you for it.

A1 Existential 2:30
A2 Bits 1:41
B1 Wolf 1:49
B2 Cigarettes 2:27

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Magazine ‎– "The Complete John Peel Sessions 1978-1980"

Post-prog leviathans Magazine became a little too slick for these pages around the turn of the eighties. Mainly due to the horrendous over-production of Martin Hannett, who ironed out every crease in Devoto's wish to be a post-punk 'Genesis'......which was futile because Genesis actually became a post-punk Genesis around this time.
Luckily, some of these later tunes were saved by the BBC production team at Maida Vale studio's for their Peel Sessions.A high achievement despite the heavy impediments of Adamson's Fretless chorused Bass, and Dave Formula's insistence on playing several keyboards all the way through certain tracks(no-one likes a show-off).  So here's an album that's nearly as good as "Secondhand daylight"

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Magazine - "Definitive Gaze (Demos and Live 1977)" (Bootleg)

OK, who were the first 'Post-Punk' band anyway?
Some say it was Magazine, the band formed by DIY pioneer and ex-Buzzcock Howard Devoto? But I reckon they were more straight forward punk stained sneery prog, and not at all Post-Punk, which was a style I would ascribe to groups like Siouxsie and the Banshees,PiL,Joy Division,Gang Of Four,or even The Pop Group? Absolutely zero prog influences there?
Magazine just sounded like the trad stuff that had gone before but updated with a Devotian sneer.They even had a keyboard player who played two keyboards at the same time.....very Keith Emerson.
Some reckon 'Television' were post-punk before punk? Maybe style-wise, but musically they were absolutely late sixties/1970; Quicksilver Messenger Service has been touted as a comparison, not that i've ever heard them. From the Noo Yawk angle, Talking Heads have the best,and only, american claim for the title in my humble opinion.
Magazine were without doubt first out of the blocks for the rebirth of Prog,and were definitively the first Prog-Punk band, as these Demos from the end of the summer of hate in 1977 testify.
The Live tracks were rejects from the 'Live at the Electric Circus' ten incher on Virgin. Probably spotted as not 'punk' enough by the prog experts at Virgin; the home of Faust and Mike Oldfield among other progressive rock legends......and they'd be right.


1.Shot By Both Sides (4:32)
3.The Light Pours Out Of Me (4:56)
4.Motorcade (5:51)
5.Touch And Go (2:59)
6.Burst (3:56)
7.Shot By Both Sides (4:26)
8.The Light Pours Out Of Me (4:30)
9.I Love You You Big Dummy (4:58)

Tracks 1-6 demos, Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham September 1977
Tracks 7-9 Live at The Electric Circus, Manchester 2nd November 1977

Monday, 5 June 2017

The Diagram Brothers ‎– "Some Marvels Of Modern Science + Singles 1980-82" (New Hormones ORG 17) 1981

Twenty-four prog-punk parables for modern living from 1980/82, showcasing the British love of ironic pentameter and satire.
The horrors of WMD's juxtaposed with such banal evils as built-in obsolescence, hypochondria,and city councils, reveal through discordant music and humour that hell is more likely to be at next door's fondue soirée rather than deep underground somewhere.
The satire even has predictive qualities too! If only more than a couple of thousand,probably already enlightened people had heard and absorbed "I'm not going to fight for Oil" then we wouldn't be in the bath of shit that we find ourselves in today?......well at least a different bath of shit anyway!?
After all, we are ALL animals, aren't we?


1 Those Men In White Coats 3:07
2 My Bad Chest Feels Much Better Now 3:30
3 Seals / Furcoats 2:17
4 Put It In A Bigger Box 2:42
5 Words From Major 3:22
6 Here Come The Visitors 3:06
7 Isn't It Interesting How Neutron Bombs Work 4:01
8 Ron! The Morris Minor's Gone 3:12
9 I'm A Policeman 1:23
10 I Didn't Get Where I Am Today By Being A Right Git 3:51
11 Aggeravation 3:06
12 I'm Not Going To Fight For Oil 2:46
13 Litter 1:34
14 Bikers 3:30

Bonus Tracks:

15 Bricks 2:43
16 Postal Bargains 1:56
17 Discordo 3:29
18 My Dinner 2:52
19 Fondue Soiree 3:31
20 Cherry Blossom 2:07
21 We Are All Animals 2:40
22 There Is No Shower 2:19
23 I Would Like To Live In Prison 0:52
24 Right Git (German Version) 3:30

Tracks 15 and 16 originally released as 7" "Bricks" in 1981. 
Tracks 17 to 20 originally released as 10" EP "Discordo" in 1982. 
Tracks 21 to 23 originally released as 7" EP "We Are All Animals" in 1980. 
Track 24 originally released on 7" "German EP" in 1982.

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

The Diagram Brothers - "Peel Sessions 1980-82"

Post Prog genii, The Diagram Brothers, show us that shifting tempo's, unusual time signatures, can combine within the short song format, and still include humour ,funk and punk.
Bill Bruford and his proggy chums from 'Yes' would struggle to cope with the disciplines required to play these tunes.The difference between 'Yes' and The Diagram Brothers being that 'Yes' are utter shite, and the DB's are very good.
These sessions include the best versions of DB's classics such as 'Bricks', 'We Are All Animals' and 'Postal Bargains', among a plethora of similarly skewed and abstract Prog-punk classics.
They called it a day in 1983, understandably, because it was almost impossible to progress from here, other than endlessly repeating oneself, which is what a lot of groups tend to do.
The Diagram did the noble thing and packed it all in once they had got this stuff out there. Similar bands, like The Cardiacs and XTC carried on in the same vane; except XTC did manage to devolve into a pastoral post-psychedelic song factory until they burnt out, and The Cardiacs eventually had to stop because of serious Illness's.There seems to be a physical barrier to prevent this type of progressive pop from going further,rather like the finite limit of the speed of light?


1. We Are All Animals
2. Bricks
3. Bikers
4. There Is No Shower

5. Postal Bargains
6. Those Men In White Coats
7. I Didn't Get Where I Am Today By Being A Right Git
8. My Bad Chest Feels Much Better Now

9. Hey Dad!
10. Tracey
11. You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two
12. The Expert
13. You'll Never Walk Alone

Saturday, 3 June 2017

X-Ray Spex - "Peel Sessions" (1978)

Alright, no Lora Logic on these sessions, but we do have 7 classic major chord pop-punk thrashes featuring the dearly departed Polly Styrene and some future New Romantics!
Not satisfied with jumping on the Punk Rock bandwagon, the boys in X-Ray Spex couldn't wait to clamber on board the Futurist Cinderella's coach, and become the living joke that was Classix Nouveaux!!!....further evidence that the vast majority of our Punk 'Heroes' NEVER MEANT IT!
After a comfortable distance of 35 years, I downloaded the first two Classix Nouveaux LP's, and found them an abstract listening experience, and a lesson in how unintentionally 'weird' pop music can become. The singer was undoubtedly a complete prick, but musically it sounds like a soundtrack from a disco in a low budget sci-fi TV series from the mid-eighties. I'm thinking dancing Cylon's from Battlestar Galactica here? Hear the cymbal-less polygonal 'Simmons' electronic drum kit, fretless bass, clown-like catholic jugend (or Bell end?) Führer Sal Solo as an android Brian ferry, and take a selfie of yourself ,open mouthed in shock at what just entered your mind!......incredible stuff???


1st Peel Session 20th Feb 1978:

1 Genetic Engineering
2 Art-I-Ficial
3 I Am A Poser
4 Identity

2nd Peel Sessions 6th November 1978: 

5 Germ Free Adolescents 
6 Warrior In Woolworths
7 Age

Friday, 2 June 2017

X-Ray Spex - "Live at the Roxy 1977"

Of course to round up the career of Susan Whitby,aka Lora Logic,the sax playing Buddhist. Here's one of the few recordings of her playing with X-Ray Spex at the infamous Roxy punk club in covent garden, Wearing a very dodgy outfit indeed.:
X-Ray Spex were one of the new waves' most instantly readymade groups.Hitting the ground running,with a bunch of incredibly simple and catchy,if piercing, tunes that anyone could learn and play in a few minutes.
Whitby provided a different edge in the legions of bandwagon punks,with her spidery sax lines,and was later heard to moan about the lack of writing credits provided by her chum, and ,weirdly, another future Buddhist, Marion 'Polly Styrene' Elliot (RIP).
Their career was just about the right length,as there was nowhere left to go in this format by the end of 1978.Like the Pistols, one LP was all that they had in them, or was fact as great as these songs were,hear more than 7 or 8 in a row tends to be too much for the ears.
As for Lora, she left after the first single to go to more progressive area's, along with the other early punk rock ship jumpers who saw the writing on the wall quickly.(Devoto,Perry,Lydon etc).
So here we have a faltering,sometimes inept, muffled recording of a performance at the Roxy Club in 1977.Don't know when, but it doesn't seem to be the one used on the 'Live at the Roxy' album.


1 Oh Bondage! Up Yours! 2:42
2 Identity 2:25
3 Let's Submerge 3:05
4 Plastic Bag 4:10
5 I Live Off You 2:18
6 I Am A Cliche 1:48
7 I Can't Do Anything 2:59
8 Oh Bondage! Up Yours! 2:52

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Red Crayola ‎– "Soldier-Talk" (Radar Records RAD 18) 1979

Mayo Thompson's  revitalised avant-psyche outfit Red Crayola, or Krayola, featured the very fashionable Lora Logic on sax; among various Pere Ubu members, mustachioed session brass man Dick Cuthall (as seen on Top Of The Pops with the Special AKAetc), and Geoff Travis in the producers chair(?).
Mayo found many fellow travellers in post-punk Britain, so he came out of retirement to resurrect his sixties band to great effect.
An excellently Fractured and disjointed avant rock masterpiece, with all the syncopation of an emptying garbage truck.
In fact it sounds uncanilly like 'The Art Of Walking'LP onwards Pere Ubu.....which is funny, because Mayo Thompson was in Pere Ubu for those albums.....who influenced who? Who cares?


A1 March No.12 1:58
A2 On The Brink 2:52
A3 Letter-Bomb 2:00
A4 Conspirators' Oath 2:41
A5 March No.14 1:19
A6 Soldier-Talk 7:00
B1 Discipline 3:23
B2 X 3:10
B3 An Opposition Spokesman 5:02
B4 Uh, Knowledge Dance 2:54
B5 Wonderland 2:58

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Lora Logic - "Pedigree Charm" (Rough Trade ROUGH 28) 1982

To all intents and purposes this is 'Essential Logic' after they lost direction, with some of 'Camberwell Now', going Disco.
To these ears it sounds like a contractual obligation record. Gone is the energy,invention and sharp edges of earlier times,and replaced with blacmange, but blancmange you can dance to at the indie disco.Its pleasant enough, but we want more than that don't we?......DON'T WE?


A1 Brute Fury 4:00
A2 Horrible Party 3:50
A3 Stop Halt 5:00 they lost direction
A4 Wonderful Offer 4:30
A5 Martian Man 4:20
B1 Hiss And Shake 5:30
B2 Pedigree Charm 4:00
B3 Rat Allé 3:45
B4 Crystal Gazing 4:55

Monday, 29 May 2017

Essential Logic - "All The Singles 1978-81"

Aerosol Burns (1978) (Cells Records SELL ONE)
 1/ Aerosol Burns; 2/ World Friction(get this on the Beat Rhythm News Download)
Wake Up EP (1979) (Virgin VS261-120
 1/Wake Up; 2/Eaglebird; 3/Quality Crayon Wax OK; 4/Bod's Message
Popcorn Boy (1979) (Rough Trade RT029)
 1/ Popcorn Boy (get this on the Beat Rhythm News Download); 2/ Flora Force
Eugene (1980) (Rough Trade RT050)
 1/ Eugene; 2/ Tame the Nieghbours
Music Is A Better Noise (1980) (Rough Trade RT053)
 1/ Music Is A Better Noise; 2/ Moontown
Fanfare In the Garden (1981) (Rough Trade RT074)
1/ Fanfare In The Garden; 2/ The Captain (recorded in 1979)

As with most groups, their career starts off good then slowly goes down the shitter. Essential Logic is no different. Beginning with punky energy infused with van der graaf generator goes pop inventiveness; then decends into some gentle proto indie disco pointlessness.
Its all great stuff up to about "Music Is A Better Noise", then it just falls into that trap of attaining record sales, which never works artistically or commercially; one just loses both audiences.
Then comes the even more desperate front person goes 'Solo' as an epitaph with a danceable beat......see Lora Logic "Pedigree Charm" LP up after this post.

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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Essential Logic - "Peel Session 06-02-1979"

Early Essential Logic as recorded for posterity by the British propaganda broadcasting corporation;but this is the kind of propaganda that should be spread far and wide.
The BBC has outlived its usefulness,in terms of new culture,as it strives further towards populism and raising finance by producing programming for the lowest common denominator.
There was a portal for low appeal music and culture on the John Peel show between 10 and midnight for five, then four nights a week after Tommy Vance's 'Friday Rock Show' got the friday slot! 
Lora Logic's post X-Ray Spex outfit,Essential Logic, were classic 'low appeal' culture for outsiders.  This session has the sound of a band who had been up all night, a few missed queues and introductions by a husky voiced Logic seem to point to a gig having been played the previous evening, which only adds to the authenticity of this session.


1 - Wake Up (2:33)
2 - Shabby Abbott (3:49)
3 - Alkaline Loaf In The Area (4:38)
4 - Quality Crayon Wax OK (3:22)

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Essential Logic - "Beat Rhythm News (Waddle Ya Play?) (Rough Trade ROUGH 5) 1979

Oh look, its the album my brother bought me for xmas 1979!....what a classic, and one of the few albums i know all the words to. Very rarely have i had the opportunity for a sing-a-long with anyone using this material. I managed a Residents sing-a-long one time, with future members of Volcano The Bear, and a great acappela version of 'Frankie Teardrop' with some acquaintences in a pub; but no-one has ever been up for an Essential Logic medley!?
Someone has described this band as Van Der Graaf on heat in the comments section of the Punilux 'Laughing Academy' post, and that ain't far off. Maybe on Helium mixed with Nitrous Oxide and 'crack' is more appropriate?
William Bennett of Whitehouse (no links to whitehouse stuff,because he asked me to remove all the posts!...but if you ask.....?) was in this band,incredibly! And he is the uncredited bass player on seven of the nine tracks on this album...which, incidentally, he claims he co-wrote.....and i kinda believe him.After this album they definitely became very watered down.(I blame Laura Logic's Buddhism trip,that got even worse by the time of her 'solo' album a couple of years later).
Its another example of the prog influence in post punk, and a very welcome influence it is too. 

Quality Crayon Wax OK
The Order Form
Shabby Abbott
World Friction
Wake Up
Alkaline Loaf In The Area
Collecting Dust
Popcorn Boy (Waddle Ya Do?)

Punishment Of Luxury - "Live at the Hope and Anchor 21/07/1978"

More bootlegged Punilux captured at the home of Pub rock, complete with those familiar 'small room' acoustic's.
Sounds like a loud high-octane performance that's too big for the room. They even do an encore before the tape runs non-punk is that?


1 - Puppet Life
2 - The Demon
3 - The Puff Song
4 - Lets get Married/You're So Beautiful
5 - Brainbomb
6 - Excess Bleeding Heart
7 - Babalon
8 - Funk Me (Lizard Love)
9 - Jellyfish
10- (Crowd) Speeding

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Punishment Of Luxury - "Peel Session 22-05-1979"

The potential disaster of Actors forming bands and pop stars becoming actors,has thankfully met with only limited success. 
Alas, one has to say, the actors in bands direction of this flowchart was far more satisfying than David Bowie in 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', Madonna in anything she's ever done (including all her godawful tunes), and even Phil Collins in 'Miami Vice'!
Most members of groups are actors anyhow, so it makes sense that if you're a better actor, with experience of stage and screen, you're gonna make a better 'Pop Star'; as referenced by David Essex (Actor) in his number one smash hit "Gonna Make You A Star".; wot I bought as my first single in 1975, weirdly a year or so after i had started buying albums.....ok, my first album was Slade's "Old,New Borrowed and Blue"....from humble begginings etc....!?
Slade's acting in "Slade in Flame" was quite bad in a good film, but the biscuit has to be taken by The Clash in the toe-curling docu-drama that is "Rude Boy". They were trying to act as their pop-star persona's,which was an act anyway!Always a challenging role to act as someone one who's acting.Even Sir Larry Olivier struggled with such a role as Archie Rice in "The Entertainer".But Larry Olivier wasn't in the Clash was he? They only had Mick 'Hardman' Jones and it was the kind of stuff you could only watch through your fingers as you try and hide from its unbridled horror; back of the sofa stuff!....ugh...shudder!(ok...yeah, the concert footage is good but so what?)
Whereas, Actors in Bands have ,narrowly,a better record (pun intended).
We got 'Alberto y Los Trios Paranoias',The Monkees,That Bloke from Bauhaus, Collins in Peter Gabriels' Genesis......struggling here......and Punishment Of Luxury of course. If left-wing fringe theatre counts as acting?
Naturally, there are reams of actors dabbling in music that should stick to most cases they shouldn't do either, like Bruce Willis and Steven Segal.
What i'm trying to say is that Punilux are better as actors in a group than The Russel Crowe Band.
Here's the proof, in their second, and last, John Peel session from 1979.


1 - Radar Bug/Metropolis (5:35).
2 - British Baboon (3:37)
3 - Secrets (3:57)

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Punishment Of Luxury- "Peel Session 22-08-1978"

I never started listening to the John Peel show until around the summer of '78 on our annual family 'holiday' in the bracing Skegness concentration camp(the same year that Skeg's famous pier and theatre was removed by a severe gale and storm surge;the place i saw my first pop group...Gerry and the Pacemakers....i jest not!?...and comedy legends like Norman Wisdom,Tommy Cooper, Ray Allen and Lord Charles)
The only record shop in 'Skeg' (not Skag) was a general electrical store called Herrick Watson. The summer before I had the pleasure of purchasing the first Clash Album which was displayed in the window; then the further pleasure of Uncle Ron returning from work and removing the Clash from his stereo and replacing it with some military Brass band playing the "Enigma Variations".An interesting and beautiful piece of music played on any other instrumentation than cornets, trumpets and tuba's by soldiers; driven along with military snare drums........even The Clash would have done a more sensitive interpretation.
That summer of '78 secured me a copy of "(Can't Stand) The Rezillo's", which got the same treatment. This time they did it to Holst's 'Planet Suite' !!!!!!
Uncle Ron was a miserable ex- air force ex-Navy arsehole who came from the same town as Punishment Of Luxury (Newcastle)......something dear to the clogged up arteries of Ronald's black heart, as he loved to punish anyone lower in rank to himself if they were caught enjoying any luxuries.
Television being banned, and having lost all my money in the amusement arcades, the only option was to disappear to bed to listen furtively to The John Peel Show, which, during that month of august featured the first session by Punilux. This sounded like outer-space to me, so used to the one chord shouty dirge's of '77 vintage punk. Were these mysterious musicians actually playing several chords in shifting time signatures with melodies, like the Progressive rock bands I grew up with.....but,without the messing about?....the answer was 'Yes', and opened my ears to the new intelligent bands that started to appear from that summer of 1978 onwards. There was at least four Geordies whom I liked that Geordie Nazi Uncle Ron couldn't censor.
(For those who are interested, Ron mellowed somewhat after his third heart attack, and even more after that as he died in about 2002-ish....not sure)


1 - Funk Me (6:20)
2 - Babalon (5:48)
3 - Let's Get Married/You're So Beautiful (6:54)

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Punishment Of Luxury - "Live @ Reading Festival 24-08-1979"

"Do you like cold Chips David?", and "I'll facking 'ave ya!", are just two of the tasty morsels of dialogue captured from the restless crowd on this recording of Punishment Of Luxury's career peak at the Reading Festival in 1979.
There were an inordinate number of Greebo's waiting for Motorhead ,ready for a fight. Punilux's appearance apparently caused a vicious can fight between their punky fans and a larger number of long haired headbangers.Although Punilux tried to calm the audience , their remarks did not help cool things down one bit . Sporadic fights broke out throughout the evening as bored ( or perhaps intoxicated ) audience members took their frustrations out on other fans .
Inexplicably they were below Doll By Doll on the bill!?....whom the Motorhead fans hated even more than Punishment Of Luxury......but they liked The Cure!??....obviously they were too hammered to care by then. More understandably they loved Wilko Johnson's Solid Senders, so these Greebo's couldn't have been that pissed, or that stupid.
The Police and The (fucking awful) Tourists,featuring the reprehensible Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox had to follow Motorhead!??.....who decided on this running order???
Festivals are fucking awful anyway, but at least some of the bands weren't, like Punishment Of Luxury.


1 Puppet Life
2 The demon
3 Funk Me
4 All White Jack
5 Obsession
6 Radar Bug/Metropolis
7 British Baboon
8 Babalon
9 Jellyfish
10 Brain Bomb.

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