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!


Gang Of Four-Damaged Goods. Punk Classic!

Another Leeds band seen these a few times i can even remember seeing them !

Best single for me! It still sounds fantastic now!

Damaged goods
Send them back
I can’t work
I can’t achieve
Send me back
Open the till
Give me the change
You said would do me good
Refund the cost
You said you’re cheap but you’re too much
Your kiss so sweet
Your sweat so sour
Sometimes I’m thinking that I love you
But I know it’s only lust
The change will do you good
I always knew it would
You know the change will do you good
You know the change will do you good


Mekons-where Were You! Punk Classic!

One of punks greatest singles without a doubt! from the leeds band The Mekons!

saw them several times im sure! AllĀ  That cider and yates wine i drank thenĀ  has fucked my memory!

After The Storm-Public Image Ltd.

And so after the whirlwind that was the sex pistols along came public image Ltd, The pistols limped along without rotten with the great rock n roll swindle and Ronnie Biggs but we knew it was over for them, I was devastated at the collapse of the pistols and probably even more devastated after they reformed!

But even though the pistols broke up in jan 78 by december of that year we had the pil album first issue!

Theme / Religion I / Religion II / Annalisa / Public Image / Low Life / Attack / Fodderstompf

This album was groundbreaking for me it’s still punk but different and still very dangerous

Theme a sprawling track the music on this was just something else with Lydon wailing over it fantastic!

Religion how they got away with this I don’t know written whilst still in the pistols, i think if the pistols had of done it they would have been killed! My mother a catholic went absolutely ballistic when she heard it she could not belive the words!

The only weak track is fodderstonpf i would call the album a classic but they would better it with their 2nd album.

Religion 1

Religion 2

Public image

And so to one of the greatest albums of all time metal box

So groundbreaking at the time from the music right down to the tin it came in what an album

I still have mine albeit a little bit tarnished!

(3 x 12″ in embossed metal tin, with track list insert)

It’s just an amazing album if you’ve not heard it you must go listen to it right now! it’s really that good!




the suit

This album was really like nothing before for me I still play it regularly this day!

I eventually got to see PIL in Leeds at the queens hall futurama festival

Look at the line up for saturday bloody amazing I have memories of Joy division and Pil were amazing to see but did only a short set,I think john had his back to the audience for most of the gig and im sure wobble was sat down!They came on late after joy division and did not go down too well with the punks!

set list was

1. Chant
2. Annalisa
3. Memories
4. Low Life
5. Public Image
6. Attack
7. Death Disco
8. Another
9. No Birds Do Sing

I caught Pil on their last tour and I must admit they were still fantastic live even with only Lydon left.If you get a chance to see them do its much better then the pistols reforming!

People see john Lydon as a butter seller/pantomime persona but he has produced some of the great british music of our time and was once viewed as the most dangerous man in britain.

If anyone is interested in some PIL bootlegs comment or send me a message as i have loads!

a copy of the gig i was at in leeds is here