Eddy Grant-Living On The Front Line Punky Reggae Party!

God i still love this record around 79 i think , we used to sit around peoples flats listening to reggae, and punk smoking spliffs going to gigs and going to reggae clubs in leeds and Bradford,Reggae and punk was a true cross over and my love of reggae has stayed with me since those days!

Here are a few great reggae tracks for your listening pleasure!

Ah what happened to all my west indian mates from school great days they were! Loads of great reggae out there go discover it now!

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Angelic Upstarts!-Police Oppression!

Police oppression just came up on iTunes shuffle so had to write this! The Upstarts what a bloody band they were live absolutely crazy!

I only saw them twice  but the first time, i  can recall it like yesterday, mensi on stage in his policeman cap and then the real pigs head is on stage and is then flung into the audience when they do who killed liddle and police oppression! Can you imagine that these days? You’re in your very small local pub pogoing to a band when this pigs head goes flying by!

Police oppression is one of those songs that still makes me want to jump about and go mental!!

I’m an upstart another song to go mental too!

teenage warning on TOTP this proves anything is possible!

So after the gig a skinhead that I know claims the pig’s head and takes it out of the pub with him with me following closely as were stood about outside a taxi pulls up waiting for his fare, well the skinhead who remains nameless decides it would be a good idea to throw the pig’s head in the taxi, and as this is Bradford it’s not a good idea as the asian taxi driver leaps out of his car and goes absolutely mental! all I can say is we decided to leg it, and I must say on behalf of the skinhead it was not racially motivated we were just kids who did not understand what it meant.

The Angelic Upstarts the band who gave me a night that’s never been forgotten to this day! I salute You!


In A Rut

The ruts were one of the best bands to emerge from punk and unfortunately were like a lot of the bands of the time short-lived.

I first came across the ruts when a friend of mine urged me to buy a single that was coming out called in a rut by the ruts,but before this had came out id heard it on the john peel show, i actually remember staying up cassette player in hand waiting to tape the ruts peel session! no iplayer in those days! john peel influenced the youth of those days with his choice of records and sessions thanks john!

Living  in Bradford at that time and being a punk meant one thing a trip to the royal standard on a sunday night to see a band and the ruts played there and they were just fantastic the royal standard was just like a large living room with a stage, there were probably maybe 20 people in that night and the energy they produced would have lit up Bradford,I was pogoing virtually nose to nose with Malcolm owen as he sang!

Malcolm actually had this yellow polka dot shirt on at the gig,after the gig he was very chatty, he even signed a beer mat for me saying get drunk! Sadly Malcolm was dead by 1980  another talent taken by drugs, the ruts tried to carry on but without Malcolm it just never could be the same, I was lucky enough to of seen them in the equivalent of someones living room! This band had the songs and could of been massive check them out if you dont know much about them!

as a footnote to this here are some of the bands who played the royal standard

punishment of luxury/lurkers/slaughter and the dogs/uk subs/pure hell/cockney rejects/Adam and the ants/crabs/ruts/bitch/joy division/fall/drones/jerks/big in japan/angelic upstarts/monochrome set/frantic elevators/generation x/the wall and many many others!

As another footnote did I really see devo get bottled off at reading festival in 1978?

The download today is a ruts gig from 79 enjoy

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3F4GG0MD

 


Favourite Albums-Manic Street Preachers-The Holy Bible.

The Holy bible The manic Street Preachers, the album that convinced me that they were for real, I love this album and even now 17 years after its 1994 release i go back to it often its noise intensity and lyrics keep drawing me back and remind me of punks heyday in 76-78.

God when i saw faster on TOTP it was amazing james in his balaclava it was thrillingly subversive for a thursday teatime,I know the clash never played TOTP but think what they could have done!

Yes

For sale? dumb cunt’s same dumb questions
Oh virgins? listen, all virgins are liars honey
And I don’t know what I’m scared of or what I even enjoy
Dulling, get money, but nothing turns out like you want it to

And in these plagued streets of pity you can buy anything
For anyone can conceive a God on video
He’s a boy, you want a girl so tear off his cock
Tie his hair in bunches, fuck him, call him Rita if you want

I eat and I dress and I wash and I still can say thank you
Puking – shaking – sinking I still stand for old ladies
Can’t shout, can’t scream, hurt myself to get pain out

I ‘T’ them, 24:7, all year long
Purgatory’s circle, drowning here, someone will always say yes
Funny place for the social, for the insects to start caring
Just an ambulance at the bottom of a cliff

In these plagued streets of pity you can by anything
For anyone can conceive a God on video
He’s a boy, you want a girl so tear off his cock
Tie his hair in bunches, fuck him, call him Rita if you want, if you want

I eat and I dress and I wash and I can still say thank you
Puking – shaking – sinking I still stand for old ladies
Can’t shout, can’t scream, I hurt myself to get pain out

Power produces desire, the weak have none
There’s no lust in this coma even for a fifty
Solitude, solitude, the 11th commandment

The only certain thing that is left about me
There is no part of my body that has not been used
Pity or pain, to show displeasure’s shame
Everyone I’ve loved or hated always seems to leave

And in these plagued streets of pity you can buy anything
For anyone can conceive a God on video
He’s a boy, you want a girl so tear off his cock
Tie his hair in bunches, fuck him, call him Rita if you want, if you want

Power produces desire, the weak have none
There’s no lust in this coma even for a fifty
Solitude, solitude, the 11th commandment

Don’t hurt, just obey, lie down, do as they say
May as well be heaven this hell, smells the same
These sunless afternoons I can’t find myself

Two dollars you rub her tits. Three dollars you rub her ass. Five dollars you can play with her pussy, or you can lick her tits. Choice is yours.

A really dark album great music but Richeys lyrics are just something else,he is obviously in a dark place when he is writing these.Great use of samples also on the album especially on the intense humming of evil which uses a commentary of the nazi war trials in Nuremberg. Try listening to this album on your headphones there’s a lot going on in there.

Cant really choose a favourite track off the album but yes is a great opener,its well documented that the manics Richey Edwards vanished after the release of this album and the rest of the group went on to have great success,even ending up on the BBC strictly come dancing to great cries of youve sold out! we all sell out our young ideals,ive kept some of mine but im a lot different then the punk 16-year-old I was!

I saw the manics in 1992 I think at the queens hall in Bradford, the first time they played there were about 4 of us there the 2nd time it was packed out!

The new album is a must buy postcards from a young man, but for sheer intensity the holy bible is for me! If you have not heard The Holy Bible you need to its a genuine masterpiece.

Download is The Manic Street Preachers live in Leeds 2010 enjoy!

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=MDSRC0C4

So damm easy to cave in man kills everything.


The Smiths-bands that changed my life!

Ah The Smiths! I remember when I first heard this charming man it was a love affair that was to last to this day. The great lyrics and the guitar playing,it was the soundtrack to many a broken heart. The albums are all classics and if you’re a Smiths fan you don’t need me to review them here. Morrissey has had a fairly chequered solo career but i loved Years Of Refusal, I thought it was his strongest album for some years.

I saw The Smiths live only the once at Bradford St Georges Hall I cant remember what year either, but they were fantastic!

Anyway as a bonus to this post here is a new bootleg album recently released called Unreleased Demos And Outtakes.

The tracklist is as follows

01. Reel Around The Fountain (July 1983, Troy Tate final version)
02. The Hand That Rocks The Cradle (October 1983, John Porter monitor mix)
03. This Night Has Opened My Eyes (June 1984, unreleased studio recording)
04. Rusholme Ruffians (July 1984, John Porter first take)
05. I Misses You (December 1984, instrumental)
06. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out (September 1985, take 1, early lyric)
07. The Queen Is Dead (Fall 1985, original unedited version)
08. Frankly, Mr Shankly (November 1985, Stephen Street ‘trumpet’ take)
09. Ask (June 1986, early take)
10. Is It Really So Strange? (June 1986, unreleased studio recording)
11. Shoplifters Of The World Unite (December 1986, instrumental)
12. Sheila Take A Bow (January 1987, John Porter original version)
13. Girlfriend In A Coma (January 1987, early take)
14. Death Of A Disco Dancer (April 1987, first take)
15. Paint A Vulgar Picture (April 1987, early take)
16. Heavy Track (April 1987, instrumental)
17. How Soon Is Now? (Italian 12″, studio outtake version) (Bonus Track)

I have Ripped this at 320 k I hope you enjoy this and if anyone is interested in more bootlegs i have hundreds mostly punk but lots of beatles and post punk too! so if interested please leave a comment.

Megaupload link-http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BRBYWI6S