Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Incredible Kidda Band - Radio Caroline - 7" ltd reissue

INCREDIBLE KIDDA BAND - Radio Caroline - 7" (Last Laugh) "Well, here we go. Another gem of a record re-imaged by the Internet personalities at Last Laugh. While technically a reissue (these two tracks appeared on the aptly titled Detour release Too Much, Too Little, Too Late in 2000), this is the first time that “Radio Caroline” and “We’re Gonna Make It” have appeared as a 7” and the format serves the songs well.

Personally, I've always thought that the Incredible Kidda Band ran rings around all of the more well known U.K. pub-rock-slash-power-pop bands of the late 1970's, making contemporaries like Eddie & The Hot Rods look like the boring dog turds that they were. Prime example: “Radio Caroline” is a fucking perfect tune, maybe one of the best representations of the genre, ever. It melds the simple (yet for most bands, strikingly elusive) concepts of melody, energy, into a tight, two minute barrage while retaining a structure that shows effortless transition from part to part. The stripped down B-side comes off as an afterthought by comparison but, as a stand alone track, is great nonetheless.

The Kidda Band should have gotten their due long ago but, as with all of the lost souls featured on VoT’s EXHUMED series, it was not to be. Right some wrongs and grab this thing. “Radio Caroline” is waiting for you." - Rawce (Victim of Time) '

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Puncture - Mucky Pup - 7" ltd reissue

Puncture was an early English punk group. Founded in the summer of 1976, this Islington, London based, four-piece combo consisted of Paul McCallum (guitar/vocals), Steve Counsel (bass/vocals), Jak Stafford (guitar/vocals) and "The Fabulous" Marty Truss (drums). Their influences ranged from early The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, through to Roxy Music, David Bowie, blues, rhythm and blues, and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

Their first major gig was in November 1976, at Fulham Town Hall in London a week after an early gig by The Clash. Various personnel changes ensued, with Jak Stafford leaving to join prominent punk band X-Ray Spex, as Jak Airport. A brief tenure with guitarist Eric Electroid (aka Kenny) saw them move on to pastures new, with the recruitment of band member Anthony Keen on synthesizer and keyboards.
In October 1977 they released a single called "Mucky Pup" / "Can't Rock N Roll (in a Council Flat)", the first release (Small One) for the Small Wonder Records label, based in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London. 2,000 copies of the single sold out, prompting Small Wonder Records to press another 1,000 singles. "Mucky Pup" gained lots of airplay at various punk gigs throughout 1977, and the B-side, "Can't Rock N Roll (In A Council Flat)" was played on the BBC Radio 1 John Peel Show. They continued to play various gigs around London, notably at the punk club "The Roxy" in Covent Garden, supporting The Wasps and "The Man In The Moon" in Kings Road, Chelsea, supporting The Fruit Eating Bears. They continued gigging until January 1978, culminating in their farewell gig on 20 January 1978 at the Basement Club in Covent Garden, London.
In the 1980s The Exploited covered "Mucky Pup" on their album Punk's Not Dead.
Like so many other English punk singles of the time, original copies of the Puncture single now sell for up to £30.
"Mucky Pup" can now be found on the Small Wonder Vol. 1: Punk Singles Collection and "Can't Rock N Roll (In A Council Flat) is on Small Wonder Vol.2: Punk Singles Collection compilation albums.

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