Tuesday, November 15, 2011

V.A. Stortbeat (1978-1982) Volume One



Look like I'm going to be obsessing on my Canadian musical heritage for awhile, so lets divert back to the UK for a day (or two) and offer (part one of) of this out-of-print collection of old singles that came from a DIY punk collective label called Strortbeat run by members of The Gangsters and The Sods.



 Disc one

    Gangsters
    - Record Company
    - Harlow Town
    Rabbits
    - Kitchen Parties
    -Tonight
    The Sods
    - No Pictures
    - Plaything
    Spelling Missteaks
    - Popstar
    - Mirrors
    - Rubber duck
    - Urge
    Licks
    - 1970's
    - System rejects/Hitler's still a Nazi

    No Wonder recordings
    Newtown Neurotics
    - Licensing Hours
    - You Said No

    Airplay Records
    Easy Action
    - Burning a hole
    - Kaspar Hauser
    Pressure Stops
    - Crash wanderer
    - Shirts
    Urban Decay
    - Severals
    - Sex Assault
    Preset
    - Better Days
    - So superstitious
    Gangsters
    - Best Friend



Let us know what you think of this collection of slightly-grubby obscurities in the COMMENTS section (where you'll find the Stortbeat V. 1 link).

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    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?9f20r03r637wn2u

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  2. Just for the Licks ... thanks china!

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  3. very much appreciated

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  4. Great compilation , most i like The Licks later the epileptics.But this compilation has 2 CD's , where is the rest ?? Total 49 Songs , please post it and much thanks!!!

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  5. Sharing more than a little interest in UK late '70s obscurities,tjis seem great,many thanks Jeffen!

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  6. It's like Christmas came a little early!

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  7. Oh boy, jeffen! I hope you've seen me dropping in and contributing before? Dave Sez here. This time, you're on my home turf, and as you guys might like some history, here we go. The UK punk explosion led to a massive creation of record labels, many smallish towns getting it together to found their town record label and release the local music - whilst London dominated the headlines with all the groups you've heard of: Pistols, Damned, Clash, Stranglers, Ultravox etc. This example of UK original punk regional recordings comes from the banks of the sunny banks ha! ha! of the river Stort, running through the Hertfordshire London-commuter domitory town of Bishop's Stortford, a couple of miles from Stansted airport. Local rockers the Gangsters and the Newton Neurotics would continue to record, links coming up below. The Licks (actually the Epileptics until threatened by legal action from the Royal Epileptic Legion or some such) would take a different path, meeting local rural anarcho-punks Crass, re-recording this Stortbeat single with Pen of Crass on drums and relaunching themselves as Flux of Pink Indians, a group to be counted amongst the UK anarcho-punk movement - more links coming up!

    As Blogger imposes a word limit, I'll jump to the hits of this LP first.

    The one total stand-out is the Sods' "No Pictures" - not the Danish punk group, but the best synth-led punk riff I've ever heard - and an original from way back then!

    Next up would be the 'Licks' "Hitler's Still A Nazi", and third, their "1970s" - now no longer 'made in Hong Kong', made in China ...

    Those three songs alone make it woirth the download kindly offred by Jeffen .. and I'm looking forward to catching the local groups I didn't catch back then ... more to come in the next comment, cheers for now, Dave Sez.

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  8. To resume: if you'd like a punk Dave Greenfield of the Stranglers with a Rotton sneer in the vocals, go get the Sods!

    Now for the links. The key site for this regional UK punk is killyourpetpuppy, a really nice bloke with a bunch of good music. For the Licks, go here:

    The Licks – Stortbeat Records – 1979 45 - HQ vinyl rip and covers:
    http://killyourpetpuppy.co.uk/news/?p=5203

    For their next live EP release:
    Epileptics – Spiderleg Records – 1981
    http://killyourpetpuppy.co.uk/news/?p=637

    Flux Of Pink Indians – Fucking Cunts Treat Us Like Pricks (2nd LP) – Alternative Mixes – 1984
    http://killyourpetpuppy.co.uk/news/?p=2891

    Ta-ta for now, Dave Sez.

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  9. And more (until you tell me to stop, Jeffen ;-)): the Licks' best early song, apart from "Tube Disaster" (a reference to the Moorgate crash), was "Hitler's Still a Nazi". All existing rips package this two-track B side of the first EP as one mp3 starting with the dirge "System Rejects", which is best avoided. Jump straight to 4 minutes 42 seconds for the straight-up, in your face. For those who don't know 'cos they weren't born yet, I was at the Epileptics live EP gig referenced above and had been to a secret Damned gig as "The School Bullies" at the Bridgehouse, Canning Town, East London the week before - the Damned gig started with three hundred people shouting and doing Sieg Heiling ... for twenty minutes .. three hundred strong, all except me and my mate. So singing about "Hitler's still a Nazi" could lead to real trouble at your gigs .. Right on boys, and (think: 1979 to 2011 = 32 years later) the message is just as real now. Didn't Norwegian fascist Breivik just mow down a ton of people, and still no-one takes fascism seriously? 1914 to 1939 was, uh, how many years? 25 years .. so this one was long overdue .. Europe's disease ... we catch it like a cold every 25 years or so, but (sorry) in America, it's become permanent mainstream thinking ... Cup o'tea, anyone?

    Fite dem back! Dave Sez.

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  10. More links as promised.

    The Gangsters LP on Stortbeat is available in WAV format, thanks to ratb0y69 here:

    http://ratb0y69.blogspot.com/2010/12/gangsters-vinyl-rip.html

    The key site for Harlow/Stortford music and for much Crassness et al is killyourpetpuppy, which has posted the Epileptics' "Last Bus to Debden" live at the Triad EP referenced above here:

    http://killyourpetpuppy.co.uk/news/?p=637

    and a live at Dartford YMCA gig in 1982 as Flux of Pink Indians:

    http://killyourpetpuppy.co.uk/news/?p=4817.

    Cheers for now, Dave Sez.

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  11. Looks amazing, as always!

    -- Snatzo

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