Picture the time – 1980, most of punk’s originators have released at least a couple of albums and 2 Tone is the vogue, whereas Vic & Subway Sect, one of the ’76 Punk Rock Festival alumni, have put out three singles and have an unreleased album, recorded in 1978, to their name in addition to being managed by Bernie Rhodes ex of The Clash & The Specials. Things could be better …
In the spring The Subway Sect support slot for Siouxsie & The Banshees is a northern soul reworking of the songs from the ’78 album and dressed in cardigans, peg trousers & sandals to an audience of bemused gothic & paisley garbed punks.
‘WTMB’ was released around the same time and is another rework of the ’78 songs, but this time in a variety of styles which still holds up 30 years on, that highlights Vic’s songwriting that was a major influence to Edwyn Collins and Roddy Frame. Tunes possessing lines such as ‘the matchbox in your pocket turns to a grenade, but you can’t pull out the pin it’s not the way you were made’ how could you not like the cut of his jib! Vic still releases music and has recently been performing these somgs in their original ’78 versions. Check him out, he’s always worth leaving the house for!
Anyway enough of the guff, here’s ‘What’s The Matter Boy’.