Thursday, February 6, 2014

NEW 7"s PART 6 OF 6

BRETT SMILEY - VA VA VA VOOM 7" (Sing Sing) 
This is some totally incredible glam rock and protopunk material! Brett Smiley was born in the USA, but she was musically active in the UK during the glam rock boom in the early and mid 70s. Back then she only released this double a-side single in 1974. In the same year she also recorded a full album, that came out thirty years later on RPM Records. "Va Va Va Voom" is a killer tune driven by Smiley's tantalizing vocal style. The addictive chorus part with a great saxophone melody in the background won't leave right after the first listen. This is the kind of song you want to take right to the next party. "Space Ace" on the flipside starts rather unspectecular and quiet, but the song develops into something great and captivating with multiple instruments coming in. (Listen to it here

BERLIN - S/T 7" (Slyngel) 
Sweden's Slyngel Rekords is a new label with a focus on Swedish punkrock from the late 70s and early 80s. They don't put out reissues. Instead, each of their four 7"s features so far unreleased recordings. The label is run by four guys including Peter from the great Killed By Death Records blog - an enthusiast of early punkrock. This beeing said this 7" is nothing but a winner record. If Berlin had put out these three tracks in 1979, the single would have gained the status of a classic. Berlin give you everything that makes punk so great. They write two minute blasts made with razor sharp riffs, great melodies, catchy choruses and an incredible straight forwardness. In contrast to most other early punk bands the recordings standout with a precise and tight way of playing  Berlin later became Chatterbox, who put out two fantastic 7"s and one full LP. Be fast to get a copy of this 7", because it's limited to 300 copies only. (Listen to it here)

THE BUSINESS - HARRY MAY 7" (Ugly Pop) 
Some people say Oi! music is silly, violent and crappy. This might but true, but I have no problem with that. Along with Cock Sparrer and Blitz The Business most likely embody what Oi! should sound like. Their "Suburban Rebels" LP is nothing but a genre-defining classic and their debut 7" from 1981 is abosultely equivalent in quality. Things are based on nasty vocals with a heavy Cockney accent, tons of great melodies, simple but great guitar riffs and addictive choruses made with sing alongs sounding like they were sung by a mob of hooligans on the way to the football stadium. "Harry May" is a kind of song that's diffucult to hear without thinking about alcohol and the vocals start with "Come On". How cool is that? "Employers Black List" is yet another damn good workin class anthem. (Listen to it here)

LOST KIDS - COLA FREAKS 7" (Sing Sing)
Sing Sing has finally reissued the most essential record in the history of Danish punk. Lost Kids' "Cola Freak" 7" is nothing but a true classic of killed by death punk and it's one of the best early European punk singles released outside the United Kingdom. Between 1978 and 1981 the band put out three more singles and two full LPs, that are all worth it. Have a look at the frontcover and you can already guess, that this bunch of weirdos with horror make-up won't dissapoint you. Lost Kids took the vibe of the '77 UK punk boom to create their own unique brand of punkrock. The songs are fronted by some catchy as hell mixed gender vocals not unlike early X recordings, but sung in Danish language. The non-stop guitar solos are another main secret of this three track single. I'm still not sure if "Cola Freaks" or "Alle Taler" is my favourite track. But one thing is absolutely certain: they are both killer tunes and "Rädden Dig" is also only a little bit behind them. A must have!(Listen to it here)

TBC - MUSIK I PLAST 7" (Re-Ken) 
It's simply unbelievable how many punk singles came out in Sweden between 1977 and 1982. As to the quantity of punk releases back then this small country ranks behind the USA and the UK on third place. TBC put out their "Musik I Plast" 7" in 1978. A posthumously released "Live" 7" followed in 1981. One look on the frontcover is all you need to realize that the punk fashion had no influence on this bunch of ugly looking rockers with some really horrible haircuts. Also musically it seems like they pimped up their preference for 70s rock and protopunk with the '77 punk boom they were surrounded by. They even use a harmonica and it doesn't suck at all. The double guitar attack with a mix of rythmical riffage and short leads is paired with a sleazy groove and great vocals all sung in Swedish language. All three tracks are killer no filler. Thanks a lot to Re-Ken for making this classic available again! (Listen to it here)

TRUE BELIEVERS - ACCEPT IT 7"(HoZac) 
This is an official reissue of True Believers one and only 7" released in 1980. It's almost impossible to find a copy of the original pressing so thanks a lot to HoZac for bringing this treasure to daylight. True Believers featured Mike Rep and Tommy Jay, two of the most influental songwriters from Ohio's infamous underground scene. They both recorded several solo records and played together in such great groups as Mike Rep & The Quotas and Ego Summit. Back then True Believers were their first band that played live shows. Even if the single came out during a time when punk was the big thing, it's musically more rooted in the sound of the 60s and early 70s. The titletrack is an incredible catchy killer tune, that combines influences ranging from psych to garage and protopunk. The flipside offers two tracks made with guitar and vocals only sounding like some lost Ego Summit recordings. (Listen to it here)