Sunday, August 9, 2009

Every One a (Punk Rock) Classic Volume 5

As we began by saying, "The Every One A Classic series of 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 Punk Rock From the UK)

Volume 5 errs slightly towards the shouty, faux-punk and along the way loses a bit of its charm, at least for those who love sharp hooks. Fortunately this wing still has lots of highlights. The Proles "Stereo Love" manages to be a little bit shouty and a little bit poppy, Fast Cars effer-fuckin'-vescent "The Kids Just Wanna Dance" is perfect, Flying Colours, "Abstract Art while a little precious is still too fun to be denied as is the Names riffy n' catchy ode to paranoia, "Scared".

(Attention fans of that feel-good pop-punk that only kids from civil war-torn Northern Ireland could create, check out MRNL's Moondogs' posts here)

Possible curios (odd, not bad) include the good, but possibly overrated, "Bleak Outlook" by the Unwanted, who sound a bit like what would happen if Monty Python's Gumby formed a band, the also queerly-named Terry Trans n' the Vestites whose dole-punk anthem, "State Hand-Out" is surprisingly cheerless especially in contrast to the almost giddy rockabilly pub-punk-pop with sax song, "Dynamo" by the Method.

1. Proles Stereo love
2. Unwanted Bleak outlook
3. Last stand Just a number
4. Terminal spectators Another day another dream
5. Sneeky feelins Private mail
6. The Method Dynamo
7. Fast cars The kids just wanna dance
8. Flying colours Abstract art
9. Strate jacket Too soon,too young
10. Ruefrex Capital letters
11. Moondogs She's nineteen
12. Terry Tranz n' the vestites State hand-out
13. Sabotage Standing alone,cold girl
14. Frank details False pretences
15. Names Scared

Download Every One A Classic Volume 5 CD

If you're enjoying these seventies mod-power-pop-punk compilations, you should surely check our MRML's Shake Some Action posts.


  1. Excellent stuff again Jeffen. I look forward to a good blast of this later tonight. Cheers mate.

  2. Cheers...nice to see some good compilations on your blog,i wouldn't call'em a classic every song but it's not bad at all!...
    anyway,it would be great if you have a similar comps titled Low Down Companion vol 1 & 2...

  3. Longy

    Hope the blasting went well!

    The titel is a mite hyperbolic but it's amazing how many of these songs do stand the test of time.

    I've never heard of those comps.Were they connected to the site-label Low Down Kids?

  4. cheers...and thanks for your time and patience...yes,LDK blog have much common with these comps and also some other interesting titles...
    i'm looking for them just because i've already have or hear some bands from that comps but i still want to hear some 'till now unheard stuff...
    also some shit happens with some of my files and i can't open mostly of messthetics comps!?!...vol.8 is ok,part of vol.7 still playing,but all the rest isn't readable anymore...maybe you can help with infos where i could find 'em again for downloading!
    stay punk and keep the faith1

  5. Well keep following the blogs - if you don't subscribe to the ones in my blog roll that specialize in 76-81 obscurities (punk friction, iskp, 45 revolutions, days of our youth, killed by death, short sharp kick in the teeth, shotgun solution, vibrator buzz and many more then I recommended you do.

    All the Mesthetics comps are in print and should be purchased from here:


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