Remember 2012? Seems like a long time ago now doesn’t it? My plan was to post Part 1 followed shortly by Part 2 at the end of December. It then shifted to the beginning of January and I managed to post Part 1, confident that Part 2 would follow just a few days later. Anyway here it is. Part 3 is a theoretical possibility, depending on youtube links, but don’t hold your breath…
PARANOID VISIONS – ESCAPE THE AUSTERITY COMPLEX
Funny one this one. This album seems to have been a long time in the making and it souds like it. It sounds like a product of different sessions, and it veers all over the old school punk shop :angry rants, more low key new wavey stuff, and post punk experiments sometimes veering into self indulgence. It seems a bit overambitious, but that’s not a bad failing I suppose when many bands of their vintage are happy just to churn out what their audience expect. If I sound a bit lukewarm, that’s because Paranoid Visions have been my favourite band of the last few years and my expectations were probably getting way too high. The album still has many highlights from the tuneful, keyboard-led (!) Dangerous Rhythm, to the ominous Nuclear Victims. I would have just edited it a bit. Guess what? None of the tracks I want to post are on youtube. Here’s a couple of tracks anyway, firstly the surprisingly restrained single Poles Apart
And secondly Split Personality with guest Steve Ignorant shouting himself hoarse. I don’t think it’s either Paranoid Visions’ or Ignorants’ best moment but here it is anyway
THE WARRIORS – NEVER FORGIVE NEVER FORGET
A menacing title but old geezers The Warriors seem like decent blokes and follow the old oi motto of “having a laugh and having a say”. There’s two reasons why I like this album. Firstly, instead of basing their lyrics and worldview on Daily Star headlines they “have a say” about some of the things that are worth getting angry about like the cuts and encroaching state surveillance, as well as some issues close to home for a lot of bands– internet backstabbers and rip off gig promoters. Secondly they play good old fashioned oi with singalong choruses in the style of early 80s bands like the Business, only occasionally putting a foot into territory marked “rock”.
FUK – THE NEW WAVE OF BRITISH PUNK ROCK
Emerging a few years ago from the final line-up of Chaos UK, but adding the relatively fresh-faced Cliff Vicious as main shouter FUK have put out an indeterminate number of records mainly on Japanese labels which cost silly money to buy from the UK. They’ve recently released an album which may or may not be their first, for once I’m confused. It’s called The New Wave Of British Punk Rock, one of the cheesiest album titles I’ve heard for a long time which is presumably the idea. The racket contained within is noisy, manic hardcore punk with a song titles that sound like particularly deranged tabloid headlines – Asbo Hitler, Bomber Pop Terror, Post Code Killers. All good fun, ad someone has helpfully posted four tracks here. Although if you want tunes you might be wasting your time.
BUS STATION LOONIES – MIDGET GEMS
Actually from the dim and distant past (2010) but I’ve only just got it, this is the Loonies second album, appearing a mere 11 years after their debut. It’s a cheeky mixture of eccentricity, catchy tunes (often not their own admittedly) and a bit of politics. Interviewed in Ian Glasper’s latest book Armed With Anger , main Loonie Chris says the album “veers more into protest and politics” and indeed they tackle some weighty issues – the decline of the postal service, closing times at the Blacksmith’s Arms, and the threat of “death by wedgie”. Glasper describes them as Crass meets Splodgenessabounds, and that’s not far off. Dead Kennedys meets The Smurfs perhaps? Here’s their definitive political statement
A new band at last! Not that you should confuse that with words like “young” or “original” but I don’t care of course. Here’s a band that have that classic UK82 sound . The even have “UK82” boldly emblazoned on the cover of their CD-R. Opening track America’s War is the kind of thing you can imagine might have been released on Riot City records back in the day, and I can’t pay a much higher compliment than that!