This aint a police state yet!!!
Here is another absolute favorite from my younger days. This one is False Gestures From A Devious Public from the UK punk band called the Blood. It has it all, controversial cover, risque lyrics (although less ribald than most punk, but heavily slanted toward the politial in most songs), guitar all over the place, and a couple traits not common in most punk of it's time--extremely well thought out songs and ripping guitar solos. I picked this up on a whim for a couple bucks at a local used record store in the early 80's after hearing "Gestopo Khazi" on my fave college radio station and thinking the riff was astonding, and most of the rest of the album didn't disappoint either. It opened up with the speedy "Done Some Brains Cells Last Night" which fit into my game plan at that point in my life, seeing how drugs I could do without dying. I remember listening to it over and over just to get to the little breakdown in near the end where the Cardinal (lead singer) mumbles something incomprehensible and JJ (the guitarist) goes into this hair raising guitar solo with wah wah that to this day gets my adrenalin pumping. This one has been re-released by Captain Oi with 10 bonus tracks (they are all here) but only tracks 9-19 were on that original LP, and those tend to be the faves. This really doesn't fit into the oi category (to be honest I can't listen to most oi, and honestly it doesn't have all that chants that most oi does) but the musicianship is so fantastic and although the Cardinal's singing is something akin to Sesame Street's Grover after a night of too many cigarettes and one too many pints, this one is one of my all time favorite LPs. And one of Kit's bandmates gives them this ultimate recommendation: "they were one of the good ones!!". Now what more could you ask for from a band?
Sorry folks I'm back to deposit files again.
And here's a cool comp I found of early NWOBHM singles:
This one includes Samson, EF Band, Shiva, Xero, Janine, Stormtrooper and more.
It's called NWOBHM-Metal Rarities Vol. 2
Enjoy and hopefully one of us will be back with more real soon!