RADIO TRASH PLAYLIST ARCHIVE
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THE FOUR KINGS
'Rock 'n' Roll (Is Here To Stay)' (Parole, 1978).

The Four Kings were missed by Cherry Red Records when they compiled their recent pub rock multi-disc set, but they were never really part of that scene anyway. Instead they had their own thing going, one where rock 'n' roll started with Bo Diddley and ended with Chuck Berry, and nothing else mattered. Except maybe disco if you can take the A-side of this single seriously. 'Non-Stop Dancing' could be described as a novelty record if it wasn't a total car crash, which of course makes it totally brilliant. Not as brilliant as the B-side featured here, that's pure rock 'n' roll with an abundance of amateur charm and punk rock attitude.

WHITE HEAT
'Nervous Breakdown' (Valium, 1979).

White Heat were originally known as Hartbreaker playing straight-ahead rock and were quite late in the day converting to the new wave. It seemed to be a change they were never really comfortable with given a lack of image and too many Springsteen-esque moments creeping in to later material. However, there are no such issues on this record with 'Nervous Breakdown' being widely viewed as a punkpop classic. The B-side 'Sammy Sez' is great too if a little more adventurous. Came packaged in a nice fold over sleeve, but using staples to hold the inner die-cut was never a good idea!

SILVER MACHINE
'Take Me In Your Arms' (Hillside, 1978).

Pictures I've seen of Silver Machine reveal a 'hair too long, trousers all wrong' image. If that's not enough to put you off then let me tell you that the A-side of this double A-side features a wimpy pop ballad that's placed firmly in club/cabaret territory. Thankfully 'Take Me In Your Arms' (the AA-side) is a full scale major upgrade. It's as if someone had accidentally turned up the guitars till they hit the red and the kids in the wrong trousers were inspired to knock out some first album Ramones with a healthy dose of Bolan boogie. If you're considering adding this to the wants list, the words 'deep pockets' and 'patience' come to mind.

BEE BEE CEE
'You Gotta Know Girl' (REL, 1977).

This lot were active in early 1977 under the name The Lurch playing rock and pop covers in and around the Edinburgh area. The addition of a few Ramones inspired originals to their set saw local press describe The Lurch as 'Edinburgh's first new wave band'. A name change to Bee Bee Cee and a more punk image followed though not everyone was on the same page with drummer Zokko seen wearing last year's jeans on the sleeve of their single! Thankfully, 'You Gotta Know Girl' makes all the right noises and is now much in demand among genre purists.

COLE YOUNGER AND THE KOOLETTES
'Ice Cole Love' (Logo, 1981).

Cole Younger maybe would have liked to have been David Essex in 1975, or at least had the same level of success. Fast forward a few years and he had no such ambitions, instead he seemed content making the occasional great pop record with each one becoming more and more tuned to the new wave. The A-side of this single 'It'll Be Alright On The Night' is an excellent powerpopper but even better in my opinion is the flip 'Ice Cole Love' which compliments those ever present pop hooks with some noisy punk guitar.

THE QUADS
'Gang Of Kids' (Big Bear, 1981).

It seems to be most people's opinion that The Quads peaked with their first single and I suppose there is some merit to that thought. Given that 'There Must Be Thousands' was recorded pretty much live in the studio with very little in the way of any post production, later records do lose a little of that obvious energy. 'Gang Of Kids' from the B-side of the band's 4th single comes closest to hitting the same heights as that debut adding some catchy Chris Spedding style lead guitar to their pub/punk formula.

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