Saturday, September 01, 2007


Back in business again people, with another nice selection of the odd and the obscure from rocks back pages.
Waaaay back to 1972 for the 1st of todays albums, this is "Cock On" by Canada's Fludd. This was the second of three albums which the Toronto based band recorded. Musically, it's all over the place with folk, rock, jazz, beat and glam influences at various points, but the quality of the musicianship & songwriting prevents their multiple influences from being a hindrance. This one'll be most of interest to fans of GODDO, featuring as it does, Mr Greg Godovitz on bass. This is a far far mellower proposition than most of the stuff we post here, but those with open minds will find much to enjoy. Lemmy know what you think, if there's interest i have their other albums too.

FLUDD - Cock On! (1972) Canada

Fast forward to 1985 and we're proud to present the sole self titled album from L.A.'s Hawk. Formed by guitar whiz Doug Marks, this is a great little Hard Rockin' album featuring future CULT, GUNS'n'ROSES & VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum and the excellent DIO-esque vocal talents of David Fefolt. Class heavy rock with wailing leads and memorable songs. The band folded shortly after the albums release with Marks going on to make the well known "Metal Method" guitar instructional video series.

HAWK - Hawk (1985) USA

Four years earlier, and half a world away in Australia, a great little four piece called Taipan released a great little self titled EP on the Bullet Records label. With the right backing & more exposure they could've been huge, going by the quality of material on offer here. A shame they never got the breaks, as this NWOBHM influenced gritty Hard Rock/Metal was obviously played by fans and from the heart.

TAIPAN - Taipan EP (1981) Australia

Some nice doomy heavy metal from Nottingham based NWOBHM troop Radium now. This is their "Through The Smoke" EP from 1981 on Isotope Records. Pretty heavy stuff for 1981 it is too. The band had links with PARALEX, HELL & RACE AGAINST TIME, as part of the East Midlands Band Co-Operative, helping each other out with gigs, equipment, recording etc. Sadly, Radium are probably the least well remembered of the four bands, strange, as musically they were streets ahead of many better remembered acts.


From the same year, this is MARQUIS De SADE, with their lone 7", "Somewhere Up In The Mountains", on X-Pose Records. Again, a pretty heavy proposition for 1981, this is better known but every bit as rare. Goes for upwards of £200 these days. Bass player Pete Gordelier later appeared in BLIND FURY before joining ANGEL WITCH for their "Screamin' & Bleedin'" album.

MARQUIS De SADE - Somewhere Up In The Mountains 7" (1981) UK

Next we bring you the 1983 "Blow You Away" 7" on Astor Records by Stockport five piece Snakebite. Not much is known about these guys, formed in '81, save from an earlier demo this was all that they released. More lightweight than many of their counterparts, the 2 tracks here are melodic and memorable Hard Rock made for US radio on a budget that probably wouldn't have paid for a radio. They aimed high with their dreams.

SNAKEBITE - Blow You Away 7" (1983) UK

Finally, a band that i know absolutely nothing about, this is the 1985 "Alive & Kicking" 7" from Target, another UK based band with designs on American radio, but no chance of ever getting played on it. More bright optimistic sounding Hard Rock with catchy choruses. Personally, i'd have made the B-Side the A-Side and vice versa, but both songs are memorable.

TARGET - Alive & Kicking 7" (1985) UK

That's all for now brothers & sisters. Hope you find something amongst these to make you smile.


Anonymous Hoodat Singer said...

Hey Kit - thanks for the Fludd. I once owned their vinyl in the dark, distant past.

Did you know that one-time Fludd guitarist Mick Hopkins is the same Mick Hopkins that formed Quartz (yes, the NWOBHM Quartz) or that Brian and Ed Pilling once backed Cat Stevens? How's that for covering the full spectrum?

Personally, I'd appreciate you posting the other Fludd albums if you get the chance.


Saturday, September 01, 2007 12:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Nils Tibor said...

Many thanks for the Fludd album.
It was a big surprise for me that Greg Godovitz (pre Goddo) plays on this record.


Saturday, September 01, 2007 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Ed the Sockpuppet said...

Ah, yes, I remeber enjoying Fludd in my youth - especially the tune "Get Up, Get Out and Move On". Daffodil Records (also home of A Foot In Coldwater), MAPL Music and all that. The Guess Who was rocking, Rush played my high school ... those were naiive and fun times in Canadian music.

Yes, Mr. Great Egovitz was with Fludd. The title of this album (Cock On) became the title of a song that was on the second Goddo album, "Who Cares".

Thanks for this and I'm up for more Fludd, too!

Saturday, September 01, 2007 3:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Chris from Belgium said...

The Fludd posting is ace! But let's not forget all the wonderful nwobhm-stuff these guys are sharing with us. The Radium 7" is one of my all-time faves from the era. Dark, eerie and raw as hell - never mind the excruciatingly basic production: this is pure DIY-metal for real metalheads.


Sunday, September 02, 2007 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Chris, glad you enjoy the NWOBHM stuff my friend. The Radium EP is one of my favourites too.
Hoodat, thank you for the info on Fludd, i wasn't aware of the Quartz link, that's just bizarre!
I'll get busy on some more Fludd for you soon folks, i can take a hint.

Sunday, September 02, 2007 2:05:00 PM  
Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Excellent content Bigfootkit great blog as it has always been. Huge thanks on the FLUDD and looking forward to the rest.
Very hard to find Canadian music from that time. Been lately trying to collect the "homegrown" seriously along with couple of other people.
You or anybody have a line on these Canadian releases would be appreciated:

Leather - ST (1970 i think)200 pressed independant
Dillinger - Don't Lie To The Band
Brutus - Brutus (1976)
Brutus - For The People [Best OF] (2000)
Rose - Hooked On A Rose (1973)
The Hunt - Back On The Hunt (1980)
The Hunt - The Thrill Of The Kill (1982)
Lydia Taylor - 78 - 82 3 lps (great rocker)
Crowcuss - St

Monday, September 03, 2007 4:02:00 AM  
Blogger Alocacoc said...

A BIG thanks again! Awesome stuff, as usual!!!
Never heard of FLUDD. Surprisingly good album.

Always great fun to see what's poppin' up here. And ALWAYS some unbelievably rare stuff.

Now, back to preparing my next biggg blog... a few rare ones there too :)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 2:03:00 AM  
Blogger tom said...

Thanks for the Taipan. What a great ep that was. Do you have anything by Mark Chatfields Rosie

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 5:03:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Resident evil, i'm afraid most of the stuff you listed is stuff i don't have, however, i'm supposed to be getting "Thrill Of The Kill" from a friend, so watch out for that in the future.
Alocacoc, can't wait to see what's upcoming at your place, thanks for the kind words.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 6:35:00 AM  
Blogger Alocacoc said...

Hi bigfoot!

Just published the last blog. Eventually.

Got 'The Thrill of the Kill' on vinyl. Not ripped yet.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007 4:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Danny said...

My God! Radium 7" is brilliant! 'Angel of fear' is unbelieveable!!!!

Thanks, thanks, thanks!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 4:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SNAKEBITE - Snakebite were originally a four piece from New Mills near Stockport, being 2 brothers (the Dodd brothers, Tony on drums and Chris on guitar), a young bass player, Mori, and a singer, Gary.

When things atrted haooening for them they got another guitarist, can't remember his name, maybe Sean?

Anyway, they played Rio Rocks in Bradford a few times, got a review in Kerrang, got persuaded to change their name to Snakey Joe by some misguided manager, then it all went quiet.

Gary was suffering from MS - not sure what happened to him and sadly Chris Dodd (older brother and guitarist) took his own life last year in Germany where he had lived for at least 10 years.

Good band in their time though.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 4:59:00 PM  
Blogger skids said...

thanks for Taipan :-D

Monday, October 29, 2007 2:41:00 AM  
Blogger PE_35 said...

hi from canada,

that front cover of TAIPAN have the same face and effect than the PICTURE nighthunter lp (with Shmoulik Avigal on vocal),same but the colors are not the same.

Sunday, January 25, 2009 11:02:00 PM  
Anonymous scoach said...

The link for TRIPLE FORTE-1985-TRIPLE FORTE (EP) is dead on RAPIDSHARE:

Monday, March 01, 2010 8:31:00 AM  
Blogger JohnnyRock said...

All those into this kind of classic Canadian rock... come join my new forum "Canadian Classic Rock"
It is brand new so come and sign up! Meet & trade and talk about great music!

Saturday, March 06, 2010 4:55:00 PM  

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