LE RITZ - 'Punker'.
Punk classic on Breaker Records from November 1977.
Le Ritz were from Herts but the label was based at a
Studio in Birmingham owned by members of folk/rock
band Quill who had a new wave moment of their own
with the Blondie-esque 'Love In A Jar' in 1980.
RAZAR - 'Idle Rich'.
Razar's 2nd single from September 1978 on Charisma
Records, following their Polydor debut 'Ascension
Day'. Musos on a hippie label playing punk rock! Back
then the target audience would ignore this, but with
the passing of time we're now a bit more open minded.
JEFF HILL BAND - 'Something's Wrong With My Baby'.
500 copies pressed on Balloon Records in December
1979. Following a solo single on Chiswick, Jeff was
written off as a 100/1 no-hoper by Ted Carroll on the
cover of a late '77 compilation LP. The quality of
this 45 by the Jeff Hill Band shows Ted was wrong.
SCRUFF - 'Get Out Of My Way'.
Released February 1978 on Track Records just before
the label went into liquidation. A press release
mentions the then buzz word 'powerpop' though despite
the smart shirts and waistcoats musically this is
less Rich Kids and more glam era bootboys Jook.
STANDING FLAT - 'Day Tripper' (AKA 'Date Ripper').
A Beefheart inspired Beatles cover on Mun? Records
from December 1979. An earlier version recorded as
Human Jangle was played by John Peel from an acetate
in August 1978 but was never officially released.
Shown is the back sleeve as the front is a bit dull.
THE DONKEYS - 'Strike Talks'.
B-side of 'Let's Float' released on MCA in May 1981.
Wakefield's finest knocked out a near perfect run of
45's between 1979 and 1981 with this record's A-side
being the only blip. Thankfully 'Strike Talks' more
than makes up for the weak 10CC-ish A-side.
THE WRETCHED - 'DNR'.
Private pressed punk from County Durham released in
October 1981. This was the only Wretched single with
just a very small number issued in a picture sleeve.
Two band members later formed Passion Trade who had a
track on a 1986 compilation EP on Other Records.
TRANCE - 'Time Devours'.
Released April 1980 on the Silent Pocket label. 'Time
Devours' was originally to be issued under the band
name X-Hibition in early 1980 but the recording was
delayed due to having to find a new drummer, by that
time they'd changed their name to Trance.
JEEP - 'Heiress On The Run'.
Old hippies playing new wave on Airport Records from
June 1980 in a custom 'Jeep' die-cut sleeve. Jeep are
best known for their debut 45 'Wild Rover' that EMI
picked up for their Cobra subsidiary just before the
the bosses at EMI pulled the plug on the label.
GYPPO - 'High Rise Love'.
Released in May 1979 on United Artists. Apparently
Gyppo were bits of Gerry Rafferty's backing band
fronted by Pete Solley. Despite this 'High Rise Love'
is a pretty convincing piece of punk rock. The B-side
is more straight pop with a slight Dury-esque feel.
THE CUT-OUTS - 'DIY'.
Quirky new wave released on EMI in August 1979. A few
months earlier The Cut-Outs performed on BBC kids TV
show Swap Shop when a name band pulled out at short
notice. Front man Grenville Horner was employed as an
assistant designer on Swap Shop at the time.
STINKY TOYS - 'Driver Blues'.
French punk rock on Polydor Records from July 1977.
Stinky Toys are famous for being the opening act on
the 2nd night of the 100 Club Punk Festival in 1976.
This is the B-side of their only UK release but they
did release two albums in their home country.