The Every One A Classic series of CD bootlegs (now all out-of-print) are well-curated exhibits of U.K. obscurities of the late seventies. The series' pieces lie somewhere between the glorious wussiness of the Shake Some Action or Powerpearls series and the caustic primitiveness of the Killed by Death or Bloodstains series.
(image courtesy of Bored Teenagers)On Volume 1, the compilers show a bias towards mid-tempo shout-alongs whether it's in the form of the high-fructose power-pop of the Trainspotters,"Highrise Living" or the hard-charging punk rock of Horrorcomic's "England '77". Highlights of this wing include the keyboard driven "Blue Movies" by the Fascinators, the Acme Attractions echo-y, "Anyway", the Rivals cranked-up-really-high take on "Here Comes the Night" and the smack-pop of Xpress' "Junked up Judy".
(Image courtesy of Killed By Death)Possible curios here include the we-were-a-pub-rock-band-just-last-week sound of Lenny and the Lawbreakers, who cover Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee" and the queerly-named Warm Jets, whose "Big City Boys" sounds a mite like a punk version of the Village People ("not that there's anything wrong with that").
Update: Go check out the archival wonderland known as 45 Revolutions for some learnin' on the Warm Jets.
EVERY ONE A CLASSIC volume 1
1. Acme attractions Anyway
2. Fascinators Blue movies
3. Escorts Bingo
4. English Hooray for the English
5. Xpress Junked up Judy
6. Horrorcomic England 77
7. Warm jets Big city boys
8. Moving targets The boys own
9. Trainspotters High rise
10. Fun 4 Singing in the showers
11. Rivals Here comes the night
12. Shadowfax Calling the shots
13. Blunt instrument No excuse
14. Lenny & the law breakers Me and Bobby Mcgee
15. Now Nine oclock
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