One of many 'concept' bands from over the years, The Fuckers were self-proclaimed purveyors of Crime Rock. Their schtick was a mix of the political-posturing of The MC5 and the snotty-nosed mask-wearing of The Rip-Offs. The band were rumoured to be one-time Sub Pop stars, Seaweed, although they denied it. In the end they only released two singles - the other one being on Sub Pop and available here at some point soon - which really does prove once and for all that crime does not pay, citizens.
Can a double single be regarded with the same disdain as a double LP? Absolutely. Should this release be handed that particular snob thump? No. Good stuff from Japan's Jackie and the Cedrics spread over two singles.
All the way from Madrid in Spain, here's a split release featuring the magnificent Phantom Surfers and the less-magnificent, but still pretty good nonetheless, Roofdogs. Roofdogs were the first ever band released by Estrus Records, a cassette only LP called Pound Bound. The two tracks here were taken from that release. This is the only place you can get hold of The Phantom Surfers' version of Eddie and The Showmen's much-covered but utterly brilliant 'Squad Car'.
Bassholes (rhymes with assholes) are Don Howland and Lamont "Bim" Thomas. Howland was in The Gibson Brothers. Thomas wasn't. I don't think there were many of this single as it didn't turn up on many lists, and it's not included in their current (very incomplete) biography.
Back to 1980 and the second, bouncy, single from The Teenage Filmstars, a band formed by Ed Ball, Dan Treacy and Joe Foster. They have a complicated history, linked in with The Television Personalities and The Times. The latter released another version of the A-side of this record, with a Prisoner-themed sleeve, which also appeared on that band's LP, This Is London.
Pete Wylie's Wah! Heat are criminally under-represented on CD, so here's the release that started it all; 1980s 'Better Scream'. More (Shambeko Say)(The Mighty)Wah!(Heat) to follow. Centre graphic is by Ocean Games box artist Bob Wakelin.
No self-respecting garage-focussed site would be complete with out a little childishness here and there. So, here's the first bit from these quarters. I got rid of a lot of rare Childish material a few years back but, regretably, did not keep digital copies. That said, I still have more of his stuff hanging around the house than I ever would of The Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, or whatever other trendy bunch of mother-bangers have replaced Dark Side of the Moon in the car stereo of the urban cool cat.
This is said to contain 'four rare tracks' and is sourced from three different recording sessions, but this is Billy 'Billions of Versions' Childish and I'm damned if I'm going to even attempt to mine backwards to discover where, or if, these songs were previously issued. It's good, it's raw, it's The Milkshakes. Enjoy.
There were four of these Puget Power volumes in the end. Released by Regal Select Records, who were in on The Mummies and Thee Headcoats early on. Their 'Girl From '62' release from Billy and The Boys being far and away my favourite from the 10,000 singles released by that particular Childish incarnation. The highlight of this release for me is The Night Kings ode to coffee, 'Black Fluid', although Rancid Vat covering Adrian Street's 'Breakin' Bones' is pretty sweet.
Scouse power pop from Peel favourites Glass Torpedoes this time. This is one of the few singles I still have from my youth. I liked this so much I bought a Glass Torpedoes badge from Better Badges and was thrilled beyond imagination itself when a young woman working in the Post Office in Spring Gardens in Manchester commented on it positively. Validation!
The band did a Peel session in January 1980, but by the time they recorded a second single singer Barbara Donovan was gone and the band were backing up singer John Milton for Unreal the Real, a pretty rotten soft metal single by John Milton and The Glass Torpedoes.
I bought one of those cheap and nasty MP3 turntables recently with the express intention of creating digital files of those records which I had in my collection and wanted to hear at work, but didn't have on crappy CD or couldn't download. This record was one of the ones at the top of my pile. It's superb. I prefer the b-side, All I Want, myself, hence the name of this blog, but let's be honest I'm splitting hairs. The band's entire available recorded output appears to total just seven tracks; the two on this single, 'Shanty Tramp', 'One To Blame' and 'Loudmouth!' (surely a Ramones cover) alongside 'All I Want' on a Dog Meat single, a cover of The Sonics' Boss Hoss on a split single on obscure Australian indie Destroyer Records (which also featured Bored!, Seminal Rats and The Poppin Mamas and was successful enough to be reissued on Dog Meat), and a track called 'That Was Then, This Is Now' on a Destroyer Records compilation of Geelong bands so obscure even the usually reliable Grunnen Rocks website throws its arms up in defeat.
Unfortunately, the reason for the lack of triple LPs and spin-off solo projects is the band were involved in a serious road accident on the way to/back from a gig/recording session (all have been mentioned over the years) and drummer Sash and vocalist Shane were killed. I'd hope the surviving members (it's clear the band did not carry on) would take some comfort from the terrific reception their material has picked up in the meantime, and that Nozza (slop guitar), Gary (bass) and Arch (rockin' rhythm guitar) know they transcend Geelong.