COLE YOUNGER AND THE KOOLETTES - 'Ice Cole Love'.
B-side of Cole's best single released on Logo Records
in August 1981. A 1975 LP for Anchor Records is very
much of it's time but all of his new wave era 45's are
worth a listen with this mix of noisy punk guitar and
killer pop hooks coming highly recommended.
JOHNNY AND THE SELF ABUSERS - 'Dead Vandals'.
B-side of their 'Saints And Sinners' single from
November 1977 on the Chiswick label. Apparently the
band wanted this released with their new name Simple
Minds but Roger Armstrong at Chiswick hated it so
they were told the labels had already been printed.
RADIATION - 'Johnny '.
Excellent melodic punk released on Martin's Records
Ltd in May 1980. Radiation were from Chorley, Lancs
and Martin's was the local record shop who went to
the trouble of having this single pressed on clear
vinyl only to forget about the all important PS.
NIGHTSHIFT - 'She Makes Me Love Her (But She Don't
Make It Easy)'.
Fantastic B-side of the debut single from August 1978
by this Edinburgh based trio on Zoom Records. One of
the band's later singles 'Don't Rush The Good Things'
would be covered by Tina Turner in 1984.
SILVER MACHINE - 'Take Me In Your Arms'.
A custom pressing on the Hillside label from October
1978. These teenagers from East Anglia give us two
very different sounding tracks on this double A-side,
one a pleasant pop ballad and this track an amped up
SQUEEZE - 'Bang Bang'.
This is the under-rated Squeeze punk single from May
1978 on A&M. Even the band didn't like it enough to
include it on their 1982 '45's And Under' comp. Buy
it on green vinyl to look at then pick up a black
copy to play as it's a less noisy pressing.
THE FOUR KINGS - 'Rock 'n' Roll (Is Here To Stay)'.
Ramshackle pub rock released on Parole Records in
November 1978. Around the time of this release they
often gigged with fellow misfits and Parole recording
artists Raped, though they were at a very different
end of the misfit scale to the infamous glam punks.
THE ETERNAL SCREAM - 'How I Wish'.
The 2nd of two 45's released in July 1981 on their
own Eternal label. Recorded at the renowned reggae
studio Ariwa, though The Eternal Scream were more of
a DIY post-punk thing. Features the guitar talents of
Lol Hammond once of punk band The Revenge.
PHIL CANNING - 'Sell Out'.
Recorded at Woodbine St Studios in Leamington Spa and
released on the studio's own label in July 1979. The
backing band on this solid pub punker were Cheeky who
would release their own similar sounding single for
Woodbine St the following year.
BEE BEE CEE - 'You Gotta Know Girl'.
A highly collectable Scottish punk 45 from November
1977 on REL Records. Bee Bee Cee were originally
formed as covers band The Lurch but the addition of a
few Ramones inspired originals saw them described by
local press as 'Edinburgh's first new wave band'.
THE FADERS - 'Library Book'.
This is the better of the two tracks on The Faders
only single released in June 1979 on Rip Off Records.
Earlier that year The Faders were considered not punk
enough by the makers of the film 'Shell Shock Rock'.
'Library Book' suggests they may have got that wrong.
ELTON MOTELLO - 'Jet Boy Jet Girl'.
Lightning Records first released 'Jet Boy Jet Girl'
in February 1978. With the song being considered
unsuitable for radio this version with altered lyrics
and an improved mix was made available a few months
later but any airplay was still limited.