Friday, 27 January 2012

The Mummies - Stronger Than Dirt. Telstar Records 7".


More Mummies. On the excellent Telstar Records. The A-side is on the Never Been Caught LP, also on Telstar, the flip is a Troggs cover which also appeared on remarkably good, but would have been better as a single LP, Dog Meat Records' Troggs tribute compilation double LP Groin Thunder. Enjoy.

The Mummies - Stronger Than Dirt. Telstar Records 7".

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Gravel - As For Tomorrow. Estrus 7". ES733.


centre of sleeve

I raised this before with regard to Marble Orchard; there were definitely two levels of Estrus bands - the Killer and the Filler. Gravel were, based on this dreary outing most definitely in the latter camp. I can only hope they confounded expectations and were dynamite on wheels live. Enjoy.

Gravel - As For Tomorrow. Estrus 7". ES733.

Monday, 23 January 2012

The Passage - Troops Out. A Disc By Night & Day 7". ampm 22:00.

The Passage were the kind of art-rock politically-motivated band that would get nowhere near a major label these days, but here they are on Virgin Records offshoot Night & Day. Having seen them in London around the time their second LP For All And None came out a friend told me they sounded like Discharge with synths. It was meant to be a put down. In retrospect that would be A Good Sound. The records, of course, aren't anywhere near as rough, particularly given lead fella Dick Witts' classical background, and the major label backing. This release was a true rarity, support for the withdrawal of British troops from the north of Ireland at the height of The Troubles, complete with contextual information and contact details. Enjoy.

The Passage - Troops Out. A Disc By Night & Day 7". ampm 22:00.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Go To Blazes - Got It Made E.P. Estrus Records 7". ES 741.

I've got to be honest, I know next to next to nothing about Go To Blazes. This was a disc I received as part of my then membership of the Estrus Crust Singles Club. Having dug around the internet it turns out they were from Philly and were highly-regarded in Americana circles, but ultimately unsuccessful. Here's their 'obituary' from the Philadelphia City Paper edition of January 16th, 1997. Enjoy.

Go To Blazes - Got It Made E.P. Estrus Records 7". ES 741.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

The Pooh Sticks - The World Is Turning On. Zoo Entertainment 7". Wales 1.

In retrospect The Pooh Sticks were one of those bands who are 'poppy' only for a limited, very specific audience. When they were around it seemed that they were only a quick polish and a large marketing budget away from chart success. This was their first release on a major label (it's BMG in disguise) and exposes their weaknesses for rambling and weak flipsides. That's not to say I don't like it. I especially like The World Is Turning On, but there's nothing there for Joe Public to buy into. It's not good enough and it's not bad enough. It's telling that Orange Juice, another non-poppy pop band, had their only major hit with the boring and untypical Rip It Up. The Pooh Sticks never found that one breakthrough track. Their potential wider audience never found them. Enjoy.

The Pooh Sticks - The World Is Turning On. Zoo Entertainment 7". Wales 1.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Rezillos - Can't Stand My Baby. Sensible Records 7". FAB1.

First release from Scotland's estimable Rezillos. Independently released in '77 then reissued with major label backing a couple of years later. I have no idea which version this is, nor do I care as it sounds super duper nevertheless. There is a picture sleeve, but I don't have it. I also think this Wings bag looks better on it. Macca would be so proud. Kisses on the bottom. Dick. A-side is a different version of Can't Stand My Baby from that on Can't Stand The Rezillos. AA-side is a Beatles cover, which must have gone down really well with the No Elvis, No Beatles, No Rolling Stones miseries. Enjoy.

The Rezillos - Can't Stand My Baby. Sensible Records 7". FAB1.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Johnny Hash - Summer of Cum. In The Red Records 7". ITR 028.

Cards on table time here. I haven't really listened to this record. I owned and hated (bought unheard from Estrus Mail Order, before you ask) the first Johnny Hash 7", Blues is Depressing, so sold it on. This one was in the pile of plastic my good pal Ricardo lent me a while back and I thought I'd better document it as there's bound to be somebody out there who would go crazy for it and also because it's on In The Red and the completists amongst you would require it. Enjoy.

Johnny Hash - Summer of Cum. In The Red Records 7". ITR 028.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Supersuckers - Hell City, Hell. Sub Pop Records 7". SP 170.

The World's Greatest Rock'n'Roll band present Hell City, Hell, a cut from their first LP, The Smoke of Hell. I've no idea if it's an alternative mix, but having been pressed to 7" it will definitely sound different to that on the vinyl LP and better than that from fragile silver disc. On the flip is a cracking cover of Ice Cube's Dead Homiez. Enjoy.

Supersuckers - Hell City, Hell. Sub Pop Records 7". SP 170.