jeudi 31 janvier 2008

The Pop Rivets - Empty Sounds From Anarchy Ranch - 1979

Canterbury, England's Pop Rivets (originally the Pop Rivits) played noisy, amateurish mod-garage punk and are perhaps most notable for launching the career of D.I.Y. aficionado Billy Childish. The rest of the band featured guitarist Will Power, bassist Russell Square, and a succession of drummers beginning with Valentine Lax on their self-released, self-titled debut EP and first LP, 1979's The Pop Rivits' Greatest Hits (later reissued as The Original First Album). The same year's Empty Sounds From Anarchy Ranch welcomed drummer "Li'l Russ" Wilkins, who was later replaced by Bruce Brand. The Rivets broke up in the midst of a tour, and Childish and Brand quickly joined the Milkshakes, a band formed by Rivets roadies Mickey Hampshire (guitar) and Banana Bertie (bass) to open for the Rivets. Childish would go on to a prolific career, both solo and with various outfits that often included Brand.

01 Hang Loose Mongoose
02 Skip Off School
03 2 Is 2
04 The Spoken Voice
05 I Looked Twice
06 You Really Got Me (Live)
07 Wild Thing (Live)
08 Unknown (Live)
09 Whatcha Gonna Do About It (Live)
10 Anarchy Ranch
11 (I'm Just A) Satellite (For Your Love)
12 Empty Sounds
13 Return To Anarchy Ranch
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Willie Alexander - A Girl Like You - 1982

Willie "Loco" Alexander is a rock'n'roll survivor, whose Boston-based career has traced the history of rock for thirty-five years. From the Lost, a 60's garage-band that made a couple of records for Capitol, to the psychedelic late-60's Bagatelle, to a brief stint in the post-Lou Reed Velvet Underground, the Boom Boom Band in the punk 70's, which recorded for MCA, to an introspective take on the 80's recording for the French label New Rose, and renewed band energy in the 90's with the Persistence of Memory Orchestra, Willie has maintained a consistently high level of emotional and artistic integrity.

01 A Girl Like You
02 Oh Daddy Oh
03 Great Balls Of Fire
04 The Only Time
05 Up Till Now
06 Video Games
07 G.N.D.
08 Dock Of The Bay
09 Bite The Bullet
10 Hey Carlos
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mercredi 30 janvier 2008

Rose Bonbon - Open All Night - 2002

"Le Rose Bonbon" was one of the few rock'n'roll clubs in Paris from 1978 to 1982 where bands could play freely and every day. Many french punk/new wave bands started there (a kind of french CBGB's). Here are 14 of these bands as for example Modern Guy ("Électrique Sylvie" produced by John Cale) or Orchestre Rouge ("Soon come violence" produced by Martin Hannet, the man of the label Factory and Joy Division).

Ici Paris "allô, Le Monde" / La Souris Dégliguée "une Fille Dans La Rue" / Marquis De Sade "conrad Veidt" / Rita Mitsouko "don't Forget The Nite" / Electric Callas "winner" / Modern Guy "electrique Sylvie" / Les Avions "trio" / Panoramas "sinbad The Sailor" / Lili Drop "sur Ma Mob" / Kas Product "pussy X" / Orchestre Rouge "soon Come Violence" / Bijou "ok Carole" / Wunderbach "oublions L'amérique" / Oberkampf "couleurs Sur Paris"

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lundi 28 janvier 2008

Stiv Bators - Last Race - 1996

In 1990, Stiv Bators lived in Paris and recorded for BondAge records these 8 songs, with Johnny Thunders and Dee Dee Ramone. "Poison Heart" was later played by the Ramones on the album "Mondo Bizarro". Last recordings in his life.... and great as usual.

01 Poison Heart
02 Nobody
03 Don't Go Away
04 You Must Be A Witch
05 Good Lovin
06 Magyk
07 Yesterdays
08 Two Hearts
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dimanche 27 janvier 2008

Les Shtauss - No Feeling - Mini LP - 1989

Les Shtauss was a french band from Nantes mainly influenced by the New York Dolls/Stooges/Stiv Bators... I saw them as guests for the Lords of the New Church in Le Mans (France) at the end of the 80's. What a night it was! Don't miss their hit "Bang Bang Boom" on the compilation "Eyes On You" that I posted before. The song is not on this mini LP.

01 Bigger Man
02 Sweet Sixteen
03 My Bottle Of Wine
04 Unchain That Girl
05 Martian
06 Bagaboo
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samedi 26 janvier 2008

Original Mirrors - 1980

One of the best new wave/rock LP ever made at my thought, with the future Lightning Seeds leader in the band. Another commercial defeat in this world of mostly crap listeners ;) This is their first over two albums.

01 Sharp Words
02 Reflections
03 The Boys The Boys
04 Flying
05 Chains Of Love
06 Could This Be Heaven?
07 Boys Cry
08 Nights Of The Angels
09 Panic In The Night
10 Feel Like A Train
pw: rollmops

jeudi 24 janvier 2008


Quite rare vinyl EP of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, this legendary blues singer, with The Fuzztones, the New York City-based psychedelic/garage rock combo, recorded live at NYC's Irving Plaza the 19th of december 1985. "Constipation blues" is a funny song.

01 Alligator Wine
02 I Put A Spell On You
03 It's That Time Again
04 Constipation Blues
pw: rollmops

mercredi 23 janvier 2008

The Lords Of The New Church - Live For Today - EP - 1983

Formed in 1981, the Lords of the New Church had a formidable intercontinental punk rock pedigree. Singer Stiv Bator and guitarist Brian James were founding members of Cleveland's Dead Boys and London's the Damned, respectively, both successful and influential punk pioneers. Bassist Dave Tregunna and drummer Nicky Turner were veterans of Sham 69 and the Barracudas.

This vinyl EP includes a extended version of their cover of "live for today" and two great previously unreleased tracks.

"you have to kill me for your sins, then resurrect me, so I can kill you once again, to set you free, just to set you free"

01 Live For Today (Special Extended Version)
02 Opening Nightmares
03 Dreams And Desires
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lundi 21 janvier 2008

Punks on Drugs - 20 Songs About Drugs - 1997

The compilation title says it all. Only pure stuff ;-)

01 ::: New York Dolls - Pills
02 ::: Urban Dogs - Cocaine
03 ::: Johnny Thunders - Chinese Rocks
04 ::: Fallen Angels - Amphetamine Blue
05 ::: Simpletones - I Like Drugs
06 ::: Chron Gen - L.S.D.
07 ::: Family Fodder - My Baby Takes Valium
08 ::: Johnny Thunders - One Track Mind
09 ::: Urban Dogs - Speed Kills
10 ::: UK Subs - Killertime
11 ::: Creaming Jesus - Smoke (Skin Up for Jesus)
12 ::: Eater - Waiting for the Man
13 ::: Heroes - Too Much Junkie Business
14 ::: Adicts - Get Adicted
15 ::: UK Subs - DF 118
16 ::: Broken Bones - Secret Agent
17 ::: Action Pact - Suicide Bag
18 ::: Newtown Neurotics - the Mess
19 ::: Slits - New Town (Live)
20 ::: Only Ones - the Beast (Live)
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Ruts - In A Can - 2000

Is it possible for someone not to know the Ruts?
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dimanche 20 janvier 2008

Mutant Surf Punks - 1985

This 15 band, 15 track LP features the sound of surf music British style from the likes of The Barracudas, Agent Orange and The Corvettes. So wax up the ironing board, find that Hawaiian shirt, grab a beer, turn it up loud and have FUN! FUN! FUN!

01 BARRACUDAS - I Want My Woody Back
02 SURFIN' LUNGS - Whole Stole The Summer?
04 THE PALOMINOS - Herman's New Woody
05 THE 'B' GIRLS - Fun At The Beach
07 AGENT ORANGE - Pipeline
08 TRUTH & BEAUTY - Tuff Little Surfer Boy
09 THE CORVETTES - Girls Cars Girls Sun Girls Surf Girl
10 STICKSHIFTS - Automobile
11 BEACH BUMS - The Day They Raised The Thames Barrier
12 BEACHCOMA - Shotgun
13 BUZZ AND THE B-DAYS - Surfin' C.I.A.
14 EPISODE SIX - Mighty Morris Ten
15 JON & THE NIGHTRIDERS - Depth Charge
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samedi 19 janvier 2008

Mau Maus - Tear Down The_Walls - EP - 1984

One of the UK`s first Hardcore Punk bands, the Mau Maus came from Sheffield and in the early 80`s they released a string of brilliant EP`s on the Pax and Rebellion labels.

01 Tear Down The Walls
02 Make The Fight
03 Step Across The Border
04 A Second To Pray
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Buzz - Insanity - 1977

1977 UK Punk 7" by a band called BUZZ on a label called REDBALL.

01 Insanity
02 Him Not Me
03 Sick At Heart
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Sex Violence and the Eternal Truth - 1981

Outrageously rare 1981 UK 7" Punk compilation. Only 250 made.

01 Dodos - Blind To Fiction
02 Venom - Later On
03 What To Wear - We're The Martians
04 Lost Boys - Who Are The Meek Ones
pw: rollmops

vendredi 18 janvier 2008

The Cherry Bombz - Hot Girls In Love - EP - 1986

The 1st vinyl EP of this great glam rock band (only 2 studio vinyl EPs were out). Formed in 1985 by Andy McCoy after the disbanding of Hanoi Rocks.

Original band members: Andy McCoy (ex-Hanoi Rocks), Nasty Suicide (ex-Hanoi Rocks), Terry Chimes (ex-Clash), Anita Chellamah (ex-Toto Coelo) and Timo Caltio (ex-Hanoi Rocks).

Prior to commencing work on thier first single Dave Tregunna replaced Timo.They released two 12 inch singles in 1986 and 87, which did extremely well on the UK's Indy charts. This was followed by a live debut album and a live video called Hot girls in love. Shortly after that Chellamah was sacked. By 1988 the Cherry Bombz disbanded.

01 Hot Girls In Love
02 100 Degrees In The Shade
03 Feline Feeling
04 Oil And Gasoline
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Flash Gordon - Vive le gouvernement - EP - 1981

Flash Gordon was one of the very first Punk/New Wave/Power-Pop band in Strasbourg (France). How good it was to see such a band in rock festivals where all the other bands were boring long-haired musicians ;-) A few years later, the drummer of my own band played with the Flash Gordon drums. This is their only release.

01 Vive le gouvernement
02 Armand
03 Premier Mai
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mercredi 16 janvier 2008

Menace - Punk Rocker - EP - 1999

These 77 London punk heroes reformed in 1998. Here are 3 new songs and a new version of "last year's youth".

01 Punk Rocker
02 C & A
03 Last Year's Youth
04 It's Not Unusual
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Amebix - No Sanctuary - 12" - 1983

Amebix, formed in England in 1978 as "The Band with No Name", were a band that many consider to have started the sub genre crust punk. Their music, heavily influenced by Motörhead (and to a lesser extent Lemmy-era Hawkwind), Black Sabbath, Venom, and early Killing Joke, combined with an ethos and worldview akin to Crass, represented their non-traditional lifestyles.

Their music blended hardcore punk and heavy metal into a form of early thrash metal. They were the forerunners of crust punk and a thrash metal pioneer. Such notable bands as Sepultura, Neurosis, Napalm Death, and Deviated Instinct have paid homage to the band.

This is one of their very first release.

01 Battery Humans
02 Control
03 Progress?
04 Sanctuary
05 The Church Is For Sinners
06 Sunshine Ward
07 Moscow Madness
pw: rollmops

mardi 15 janvier 2008

The Depressions - 1978

Originally a Who / Small Faces cover band from Brighton called Tonge. With the onset of punk they turned into the Depressions. All of them had dyed blonde hair and the bassist singer had an eyepatch for some reason. (The Police later nicked this image minus the eyepatch!!!). No buzzsaw drone for these boys more a punkier Eddie & The Hot Rods which isn't a criticism. Usual subject matter for songs , fighting ,no money, dole, sex. The latter the basis for one of their more interesting songs ...Screw Ya the opening track of their album The Depressions ( Barn 78) is ahem...well about screwing in the most graphic sense. Stranger than this though is that they went from this sledgehammer approach to the almost thoughtful 24 carat classic Can't Stop Messin With Your Heart / Street Kid ( 1978 Barn) which everyone should own (see Always Searching For Music). The death however of an audience member in a fight at a gig ws the start of a downward spiral that saw them change their name to The DP's, release another album and then split. Stuart Home in 'Cranked Up Really High' reckons they split coz they 'spent their money on drugs and a huge truck'. He also says they were better than and more punk than The Stranglers ...........Well The Depressions had their moments but ...better than the Stranglers ????

Tonight I'm gonna screw ya...gonna give it to you so hard that you won't forget / Bring tears to your eyes and cream to your thighs / I'm the best thing that you've ever had.

01 Screw Ya
02 Radio Trash
03 Don`t Want Your Love
04 Do Something
05 High Rise Living
06 Handle With Care
07 Messing With Your Heart
08 Basement Daze
09 Family Planning
10 Chains & Leather
11 Get Out Of This Town
12 Career Girl
13 Burning Ambition
14 Street Attack
pw: rollmops

lundi 14 janvier 2008

Newtown Neurotics - Beggars Can Be Choosers - 1983

This courageous trio from Harlow, Essex, has a great lesson to teach groups: how to infuse a striking mixture of sociopolitical awareness, brains, and down-to-earth, super-intelligent heart (on the sleeve, big time) into modern music. This is post-punk rock & roll with fun, energized appeal, with well-played ensemble work and a string of zippy, kinetic chord changes. One can dance, think, feel, and most of all be inspired to action by listening to such music, and leader Steve Drewett was one of the unsung giants of early-'80s indie Britain. Long before the amateurish riot-grrrl movement, big guy Drewett attacked sexism, gender roles, and domestic violence (from "No Respect": "No man is a 'whore' he invented the name/No man is a 'slut' he feels no shame." From "Agony": "When was the last time you saw a man cry on TV?"). Elsewhere, the remake of the Members' great 1978 single "Solitary Confinement" with Drewett's new words as "Living With Unemployment" might be the high watermark for '80s socialist-tinged, slice-of-life protest songs; it's heartfelt and real. And the competent punk-reggae of "Newtown People" is a scathing condemnation of their little town's bland, suffocating myopia. Albums like this make listeners proud instead of sickened to be a rock fan. Jack Rabid

01 Wake Up
02 The Mess
03 Get Up And Fight
04 No Respect
05 Agony
06 Newtown People
07 Does Anyone Know The March Is?
08 Life In Their Hands
09 My Death
10 Living With Unemployment

Kidz Next Door - What Its All About - EP 1979

This band featured the younger brother of Jimmy Pursey (Sham 69).

01 What It's All About
02 Kids Next Door

VA - Eyes On You - 1987

The distance between Australia and France was quite small in the 2nd half of the 80's. Many french bands played as good rock'n'roll as the best aussie bands of this period. The french label "Closer" published many of these bands and had some close connections with the australian scene. This is a great compilation of some of those french bands.

01 Shifters - Someone To Talk To
02 Les Coronados - I Gonna Dance
03 Fixed Up - Fixed Up
04 Scuba Drivers - Sweet Nothing
05 Kid Pharaon And The Lonely Ones - Constitution Of Love
06 The Missing Links - Deep Feelings
07 Les Shtauss - Bang Bang Boum
08 The Boy-Scouts - When Autumn Comes
09 The Batmen - Las Vegas
10 Chaingang And The Bliss Greedies - Sick And Tired
11 Les Thugs - Dirty White Face
12 The Flying Badgers - Unknown Song
13 Shredded Ermine's - Bleedin' Rose

Brian James - 1990

Brian James, ex-Damned and Lords of the New Church guitarist, made a solo album in 1990. I think it is not bad, it is loud guitars and good melodies.

01 The Twist
02 Cut Throat
03 Slow It Down
04 Another Time Another Crime
05 I Said No
06 Bibbly Bubbly Crisis
07 Ain't That A Shame
08 Prime Time Blues
09 You Try
10 Cut Across Shorty
11 Polka Dot Shot

samedi 12 janvier 2008

Buzzcocks - Sick City Sometimes - EP 2003

The Buzzcocks are really not dead. Listen to this great EP where two tracks are exclusive to this release. "Sick City Sometimes" is a hit.

01 Sick City Sometimes
02 Never Believe It
03 Paradise

Les Thugs - Dirty White Race - 1988

French band Les Thugs started in April '83 with five members among which a lead singer Philippe Brix. Rapidly, the band had four musicians (June '83) : the singer and guitarist Eric, the other guitarist Thierry Meanard, the bassist Gerald Chabaud and the drummer Christophe. Pierre-Yves, the third Sourice brother, replaced Gerald after his decision to stop after the 88 tour in Sardinia.

On the contrary to what English-speaking people tend to think, Les Thugs (not The Thugs) aren't basic hooligans. They are the worshippers of Kali, wife of Siva goddess of death, violence, vengeance, and the annihilation of the creation (she is ugly, has four or six hands, and drinks the blood of her victims, surrounded by skulls). The Thugs are a sect since the 12th century in India. They practiceritual murder by strangulation with a silk scarf (to avoid blood). As they have to assassinate for the money, their victims are rich. They were part of the Indian society and paid taxes. The English caught around 1500 of them in 1835. Apparently, some of them are still living in Angers, France.

Dirty White Race was recorded in April 1988 at the Redwood studios London by Alan Scott during 2 days on 24 tracks. Co-production Alan Scott / Les Thugs. They signed with Alternative Tentacles a few years later.

01 I Need You
02 Lost In The Suburbs
03 Dirty White Race
04 The Hedge Hogs

RAS - Rien à Signaler - 1984

A french legendary punk/Oi! band from Paris. The song "Mort pour la France" was a well-known punk hymn in the early 80's for all french punk rockers.

Mort pour la France / Couleur de ta mort / Rien à signaler / Chasse à l'homme / Votez pour moi

jeudi 10 janvier 2008

UK Decay / Pneumania Split Single - 1979

This is UK Decay's split debut with Pneumania. And dont miss the other excellent UK Decay's singles at Cactus Mouth Informer.

A1 - Pneumania: Exhibition
A2 - Pneumania: Coming Attack
AA1 - UK Decay: UK Decay
AA2 - UK Decay: Car Crash

mercredi 9 janvier 2008

Poison Girls - Real Woman - 1995

I denounce the system that murders my children I denounce the system that denies my existence I curse the system that makes machines of my children I reject the system that makes men of machines I reject the system that turns bodies of my own sweet flesh into monsters of iron and steel and war And turns the hands of my children into robot claws I reject the system that turns the hearts of my children Against this earth I curse the system That turns the genitals of my children Into factories of fire and destruction and rapes our flesh and tears our womb this earth our home. There are no words for us no words When the fireball rapes the flesh of the earth When the fireball tears the womb of the world When the bullet rips apart the son and the lover When the bullet rips apart the son and the lover Lays to waste the wombwork and the labour Where are they that will cherish my flesh Where are they that will cherish my children The men that will stand against the deathdealers The children who can say no to the lifestealers Where are they that will curse the deathdealers I denounce the system There are no words for us no words Rooted in pain they sell their own flesh Rooted in pain they do anything for money They deal in death with minds that feed on hate In fear of life they kill without pity In fear of love they wound and they rape In fear of love they rape without pity Where are they that will cherish my flesh Where are they that will cherish my children The men that will stand against the deathdealers I denounce the system There are no words for us no words Only a curse leaps from my throat Only a curse leaps like blood from my throat To curse the warlords that lay to waste our labour That lay to waste the wombwork and the labour That lay to waste the wombwork and the labour That lays to waste That lays to waste waste... waste... waste... waste... waste

1. Real Woman
2. Underbitch
3. Promenade Immortelle
4. Cupid
5. Alienation
6. Jenny
7. Cry No More [Live]
8. Persons Unknown [Live]
9. Daughters and Sons [Live]
10. Voodoo Pappadollar [Live]
11. Done It All Before
12. Statement

Television - 1992

In 1992, Television, this legendary NYC band from the early punk years, made a great come-back with this wonderful album.

1880 Or So
Shane, She Wrote This
In World
Call Mr. Lee
No Glamour For Willi
Beauty Trip
The Rocket
This Tune

Tom Verlaine: Vocals, guitar,
Richard Lloyd: Guitar
Fred Smith: Bass, vocals, guitar
Billy Ficca: Drums

mardi 8 janvier 2008

The Count Bishops - 1977

A great record from the years where punk rock was understood as pure and energic rock'n'roll. review: Kicking off with a great cover of The Kinks' "I Need You," this solid, unpretentious debut album should belong in the home of every fan of English R&B from The Yardbirds to The Pretty Things to Dr. Feelgood. Guitarists Johnny Guitar and Zenon de Fleur keep it tight and simple, never wasting a note, and vocalist Dave Tice is so macho, it's enough to make you laugh. The originals are OK, if somewhat predictable blues-based rave-ups, but the energy and good cheer more than make up for the album's derivative nature. Not a deep album by any stretch of the imagination, just good dirty fun. - John Dougan

01 I Need You
02 Stay Free
03 Down In The Bottom
04 Talk To You
05 Shake Your Moneymaker
06 Down The Road A Piece
07 Baby You're Wrong
08 Don't Start Crying Now
09 Someone's Got My Number
10 Good Guys Don't Wear White
11 You're In My Way
12 Taste And Try

Blessed Virgins - 1982

Blessed Virgins is an essential band of the french rock history. Their song "Jean Pascal et la France" is a major french hit of the early 80's. This is their only studio LP recorded at Wessex studios in London. I dont think it is available on CD.

01 Deux Pour Cent
02 Si C'est Ca Partir
03 Alleluia
04 Transit De Choc
05 Que Faire Apres La Crise
06 Rien A Dire
07 Jean Pascal Et La France
08 Le Train Repart
09 Saturation
10 Libre Expression (Le Pianiste)
11 Ecoute Cochran (Summertime Blues)

samedi 5 janvier 2008

Dead Beats - On Tar Beach - 1985

A great mid-80's british rock'n'roll band that recorded only this album for the french record label "New Rose". The rock'n'roll girl singing is Suzy May (does some1 know her email?). Bassist Kevin Green took part later of the Tall Boys with two Meteors formers. You know what?... I go crazy when i hear that beat!

01 Crazy When I Hear That Beat
02 New Girl
03 Don't Tell Joe
04 Fall In Love Tonite
05 Johnny Reb
06 Bobby
07 Delilah
08 When You Dance
09 Swan Lake
10 Sexy Sadie

jeudi 3 janvier 2008

David Johansen - 1st - 1978

This is the David Johansen's 1st solo album, the New York Dolls singer. A nice bunch of NY punk'n'roll.

01 Funky But Chic
02 Girls
03 Pain In My Heart
04 Not That Much
05 Donna
06 Cool Metro
07 I'm A Lover
08 Lonely Tenement
09 Frenchette

mercredi 2 janvier 2008

4 Be 2 - One of the Lads 12" - 1979

One of the Lads 7"
He didn't achieve the fame that his older brother John enjoyed, but Jimmy Lydon was part of his own group for a short period during the late '70s and early '80s, 4 Be 2. Like the early releases of his brother's second major band, Public Image Ltd., 4 Be 2's sound featured art-damaged, dub-influenced post-punk. With revolving door assistance from Graham Wheeland, bassist Martin "Youth" Glover (Killing Joke), guitarists Dreary O'Hoodlum and Jock McDonald (who doubled as the group's manager), and drummers Paddy O'Reilly and Paul "Youngie" Young, 4 Be 2 released a trio of singles, debuting on Island in September of 1979 with One of the Lads. The Frustration single followed in July of 1980 and added backing vocals from Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin, two future members of Bananarama. Though the sleeves for the singles credit John Lydon with production, Jimmy swore (nudge nudge) that it was his father, not his brother, that did the knob twiddling. The singer opted to leave the group in March of 1981 and the group celebrated the fact with the All of Lads 12," which was issued on Shamrock. After that, the group continued briefly with Jimmy's adolescent brother, Martin, as the vocalist.

01 One Of The Lads (Dub Version)
02 One Of The Lads (Vocal)
03 Ummbaba