Saturday, March 10, 2007


Howdy people, a couple of international corkers for you, and a whole heap of heap rare NWOBHM 7"s to round out the post this evening, hope you enjoy 'em.
Let's get it on!
Up first, as promised, "Innocent 'Til Proven Guilty", a compilation of early Cuprit rarities. This compiles their demo, a few rehearsal tracks, some live tracks & the "US Metal II" version of "Players", all from 1982. Sound appealing?
Top notch old school Heavy Fuggin' Metal from the Emerald City, you'll love it!

CULPRIT - Innocent 'Til Proven Guilty : The Rarities (1982) USA

And now, to Finland, for a super-rare EP from the legendary Oz. "Turn The Cross Upside Down", they urge; no doubt "mayhem" will ensue if you follow their advice. Great stuff; guitars that stun, vocals that soar, drums that thunder, lyrics that beggar belief, all present and correct.

OZ - Turn The Cross Upside Down EP (1984) Finland

Next, we kick off the NWOBHM fiesta with another crackling BBC Friday Rock Show Session. This time Northern Ireland's Sweet Savage are the band in the spotlight. Best known nowadays for giving the world future Dio & Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, and for Metallica covering their "Killing Time" track on "Garage Inc.", there was much much more to Sweet Savage than just that. Strong songwriting and melodies were the backbone of their repertoire, but they played those songs with passion, verve and guts. Fantastic stuff!

SWEET SAVAGE - BBC Friday Rock Show Session (1981) Northern Ireland

Next, Mansfield's infernal sons, Witchfynde, and their "In The Stars" 7" from 1980. Witchfynde were one of the better known NWOBHM acts back in the day, but life was cruel to the band, as line up & label changes scuppered their once promising career. Time for a reappraisal of them i think, start here.

WITCHFYNDE - In The Stars 7" (1980) UK

This next single is more in a Hard Rock vein, this being the "Alright On The Night" 7", the sole release from Paul Dale Band. Paul was the original vocalist with London rockers Marseille over two well received late '70's albums; at the turn of the decade he decided to go solo, unfortunately getting no further than this one-off release.

PAUL DALE BAND - Alright On The Night 7" (1981) UK

flavour, for seasoning, a little technicality, then some Doors-A strange & obscure disc next from the little known and oddly named Phyne Thanquz. Add metal, a little punkyish overtones, then record muddily and release to worldwide indifference. A recipe for commercial disaster then, but perfect fodder for the discerning pallettes of our distinguished visitors. See what you think, i look forward to your comments.

PHYNE THANQUZ - Into The Sun 7" (1981) UK

At the other end of the commerciality scale, here's the "Come Silent The World" 7" from Storm Queen. Again, this was the sole release from the band during their lifetime, this record however has hooks a-plenty, great commercial songwriting, and pretty good production. Still they slipped through the cracks of musical history, a sad fate for a top notch band.

STORM QUEEN - Come Silent The World 7" (1982) UK

So, lastly, but not leastly, here's the final release by Melton Mobray Metal Muthas, Prowler. "Alkatraz" is a belter, one of those tracks that you could play a novice to sum up the NWOBHM style at it's best. Love it, for they seldom made 'em like this back then, never mind nowadays.

PROWLER - Alkatraz 7" (1985) UK

That's yer lot for now, and what a lot there is, more soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff. Thank you very much

Sunday, March 11, 2007 5:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Elvenking said...

Phyne Thanquz were great! Never heard anything like this before. Thanks!

Sunday, March 11, 2007 8:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BIGFOOT KIT RULEZ!!! Hehehehehe...

Thanks a lot,my friend! Best wishes,Miguel.

Sunday, March 11, 2007 8:36:00 PM  
Blogger JavyMetal said...

Awesome stuff!!! Thanks!

Monday, March 12, 2007 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You make me feel like bangin' ;)
Thanks so mauch, guys!

Monday, March 12, 2007 1:54:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

"You make me feel like bangin'"
Wow! That's a pretty positive response. i think.

Monday, March 12, 2007 6:26:00 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Thanks for the rare Culprit stuff!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:28:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Glad to hear the Culprit stuff went down so well, haven't heard much on what you thought of the others though, they all got roughly the same amount of dls, so how come no one comments on the others?

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 3:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Ben2k9 said...

Ive been frequenting your site for a while now, I LOVE all the NWOBHM stuff! its great to get really rare and obscure music, thanks :)

Id like to request an album by Pariah, their debut (well, their first album under the the pariah name, as you probibly know they were called Satan before changing names) "The Kindred"

thanks again, great work with the music dude!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007 6:14:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Hi Ben, i', afraid, i don't have the Pariah album, (I may have the Blind Fury one), perhaps Bryon has it, i'll ask him when next we speak. Glad you're enjoying the blog mate, i'm sure there'll be plenty more to keep you interested here over the coming months.
I'll get a new post up tonight or tomorrow, again there'll be much nwobhm to tickle your tunebuds.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fANTASTIC STUFF.I like very much all the bands posted. Thanks. pure classics.

Thursday, March 15, 2007 4:46:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Strangely enough, I know of four bands named Pariah, (1)the UK thrash band that put out The Kindred around 1989, then Blaze of Obscurity around 1990 or 91 , (2)the American punk band (no albums, as far as I know, but a few songs on punk comps I've had or seen), (3) the American metal band from Texas who put out at least one LP, called To Mock A Killing Bird in 1993, and last (4) a techno band which I could give two shits about because I think 98% of techno is worthless (a personal opinion only).

I don't have any stuff from (1) myself but I know someone who does, and I will see if I can't get ahold of it (or them).


Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Ben2k9 said...

Thanks very much guys :) its much apreciated!

Friday, March 16, 2007 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger Time Traveller said...

Update for Ben,

Looking through some stuff for an update and found the Kindred for ya!

I will post it late tomorrow as Kit has just uploaded a nice post. I have one or two other cool surprises as well.


Friday, March 16, 2007 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger Daysbetween said...

Thanx for the Phyne Thanquz. I have been searching for this 7'' for over twenty years so I know how rare it must be! Were the band from Edinburgh? Keep up the great work as it's much appreciated.

Saturday, March 31, 2007 6:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're my hero for having posted that stuff from sweet savage and witchfynde

thank you!


Saturday, June 07, 2008 1:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hah always wanted to hear sweet savageĀ“ bbc session , thanks a lot - harry lime

Tuesday, July 01, 2008 2:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah daysbetween they were from Edinburgh - best live band I've ever seen!!! The single was VERY disappointing (altho I do like it) - considering how good they were live - anybody got any bootlegs of 'em live???

Saturday, November 07, 2009 7:58:00 PM  

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