Wednesday, August 29, 2012

On The Air (Simon Townsend, Big Country): Another Planet (1980)

Rips n' scans donated by the amazing Bristolboy from the world-rocking blog, My Life's A Jigsaw.

Yesterday, we asked what becomes the brother of a legend? If you're Who man Pete Townsend's little brother, Simon Townsend you just have to carve out your identity chip-by-chip. While Simon T. had done some solo singles in the mid-seventies, he earned his first break in 1980, with his explosive mod-punk trio, On The Air (more HERE).  While you can hear Pete's influence in these songs, especially in Simon's effective use of keyboards, the shadow of Paul Weller's own explosive mod-punk trio, The Jam, looms pretty large. Of course, this is a curious thing, as everyone knows that Pete Townsend was a huge influence on Jam leader Paul Weller.

This next single "Another Planet B/W "Typically English (Live)" and "Jimmy (Live)" shows the band Townsend plus Mark Brzezicki on drums and Tony Butler on bass, who'd go onto massive success as one-half of Big Country) still going at their mod-punk sound full-throttle.

Your thoughts on On The Air are most welcome in the COMMENTS SECTION

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  1. COMMENTS are good!

  2. Another great track!

    How's the On The Air comp cd overall?


  3. A big improvement over the first single.I like this!

  4. superb 45 have you got the album would love to hear more


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