Category Archives: UK

Steve Miro and the Eyes – Up and About / Smiling in Reverse

Steve Miro and The Eyes – Up and About // Smiling in Reverse (Object Music) 1978. Hot on the heels of The Yachts, Steve Miro was one of the founders of Object Records, a very cool Manchester independent label that … Continue reading

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Yachts – Look Back in Love (Not in Anger)

Yachts – Look Back in Love (Not in Anger) // I Can’t Stay Long (Radar Records) 1978. Ah, The Yachts. One of those dapper British bands of the late 1970′s that gets overlooked a lot nowadays. Which is kind of … Continue reading

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Normal Man – That Joyless Vibe

Normal Man – That Joyless Vibe (self-released cassette) 2010. I can’t begin to describe how good this Normal Man release is. In a fair world, Normal Man from Leeds, UK would be wearing Meat Dresses to the VMAs while Lady … Continue reading

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Homosexuals – Hearts in Exile

Homosexuals – Hearts in Exile // Soft South African (Lorelei Records) 1978. A band name that was destined to alienate the punters if ever there was one. A real case of planned obsolescence. To quote the liner notes of the … Continue reading

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Colors Out Of Time – Rock Section

Colors Out Of Time – Rock Section // Mambos Girl Mambo, Dancing With Joy (Monster In Orbit Records) 1981. The first song on this 7inch is great snarly new wave post-punk from Manchester, UK that none other than Julian Cope … Continue reading

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Stranglers – Grip/London Lady

Stranglers – (Get a) Grip (on Yourself) // London Lady (United Artists Records) 1977. Another in my series of UK punk rock classic 7inches, this may be just about the most perfect thing ever recorded. The A Side entitled “Grip” … Continue reading

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The Ruts – Jah War

The Ruts – Jah War // I Ain’t Sophisticated (Virgin Records) 1979. No other single by The Ruts better captures the duality of the band than Jah War. A couple of other Ruts 7inches combine a reggae side and a … Continue reading

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X-Ray Spex – Identity

X Ray Spex – Identity // Lets Submerge (EMI Records) 1978. Continuing my run of classic UK punk 45s, this is X-Ray Spex with Identity. Was there ever a more literate and wise 20 year old than Poli Styrene? Don’t … Continue reading

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Generation X – Your Generation

Generation X – Your Generation // Day By Day (Chrysalis Records) 1977. A lot of people discovered punk rock via Generation X. Not me….but a lot of people. I was in Junior High when Rebel Yell hit and it was … Continue reading

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Judy Nylon – Pal Judy

Judy Nylon – Pal Judy (On-U-Sound Records) 1982. My first introduction to the brilliant and mysterious Judy Nylon wasn’t via Snatch who I raved about back in January of 2008 but instead on this solo release from 1982. I picked … Continue reading

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