Sunday, September 09, 2007


Another nice selection of the under appreciated from the vaults of Bigfoot house for your musical delight this evening.
Let's rewind time way back to 1980, for the sole album from Los Angeles Hard Rock quintet Beowulf. This is their "Slice Of Life" album, which surfaced on the Morrhythm Records label. Not to be confused with the later Skate Punk band of the same name, this Beowulf kept things Rock Hard & simple for the most part, with great catchy singalong choruses and interesting and diverse songwriting. They weren't trying to reinvent the wheel by any means, but they oiled the ones they had pretty damn well. File beside early RIOT.

BEOWULF - Slice Of Life (1980) USA

Up next, as promised, the self titled debut album by Canada's Fludd, from way back in 1971. This one is probably their most unified offering, with nearly every track having that feel good vibe, and with tempos that'll have you bouncing along. They take in a variety of styles along the way, but always stamp their own identity on the songs. Some of you may be familiar with the Canadian hit, "Turned Twenty One", but there are far better songs to be uncovered here. I'll get their 3rd & final LP up soon too, in the meantime get yer feet wet, this is Fludd.

FLUDD - Fludd (1971) Canada

To 1985 now, for the rare sole release from Chicago's Emmy Strut. This Heavy Rockin' four piece recorded and released their EP themselves, but the quality of the recording belies it's origins. This is all i know about the band i'm afraid, but as clued in (and wealthy), fans of early 1980's Hard Rock will tell you,they ROCK!!

EMMY STRUTT - Emmy Strutt EP (1985) USA

The same year in Ohio, another hopeful band were making their sole self released foray into the realms of musical obscurity. Jonas Grumby was the name of band, yup, Jonas Grumby. This is their "Cry Of The Ripper" 7", a tasty morsel of speedy NWOBHM inspired Heavy Metal. B-Side "Short Engagements", is a corker too, with some great memorable riffing, reminding of JUDAS PRIEST. A nice one for collectors.

JONAS GRUMBY - Cry Of The Ripper 7" (1985) USA

To Sweden now for a real rarity to finally finish off the Gotham City discography, this here is the last material that the band recorded, their final demo from 1986. This one was recorded to try & garner some new label interest after disappointing Swedish sales of their "The Unknown" LP caused them to lose their deal with Fingerprint Records. They were unsuccessful in their efforts however, attempting to add more polish to their sound didn't impress label heads and they split in '87. These '86 tracks are great, combining the best of the old Gotham City trademarks and the sleeker more accessible sound which they were pursuing, it could have made them major stars, but it sadly never happened for them. Hear what might have been.

GOTHAM CITY - 1986 Demo (1986) Sweden

Another Swedish treat for you now, this is Spitfire's sole release, the self explanatory "Heavy Rock'n'Roller" 7" from 1982. Pretty much does what it purports to do, mixing the Heavy Rockin' with the Rock'n'Rollin' nicely. B-Side "In The Night", is a slower moodier affair, also neatly done. Aside from a further two tracks on the "Scandinavian Metal Attack" compilation this was all she wrote for Spitfire, a shame, as there's real quality here.

SPITFIRE - Heavy Rock'n'Roller 7" (1982) Sweden

Finally another rare oddity from the halcyon days of the NWOBHM, this is the only release from Londoners Cheeky, their "Get Outta My 'Ouse" 7" from 1980. The A-Side is a corking run through of the old HUSTLER song, which pretty much outdoes the original for rowdy knees-up Rockin'. The flip, "Don't Mess Around", is in a similar vein, inhabiting that strange hinterland where NWOBHM meets Pub Rock. A nice one!

CHEEKY - Get Outta My 'Ouse 7" (1980) UK

That's yer lot for tonight, lots of great stuff coming midweek including the HUNT album i promised. See you then.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant post as usual! Thanks for that. Always looking forward to your playlists, particularly the obscure rock/metal singles at the end. Cheeky are great!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Nils Tibor said...

Many thanks for the Fludd album.


Wednesday, September 12, 2007 6:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for all the posts, brilliant as always. Keep up the good work. I'm already looking forward to the "Hunt" post, only have their third album.
BTW, do you have the last single from "More" - Trickster from 1982? Been looking after this one for ages but haven't been able to get it.



Wednesday, September 12, 2007 7:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a pity that bands like Beowulf had no success.


Wednesday, September 12, 2007 5:15:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Nice to see that you all liked different things from this post, that means we're providing quality & diversity which has got to be good.
New post coming up for your aural delectation tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 6:06:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Chris, i'm sorry, no i don't have that More 45, i'm always searching though.
If i find it, you'll find it here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 6:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Kit,

that Jonas Grumby 7" is a total scorcher.
One to look out for on eBay, though I'm sure it'll command a hefty price tag...

High hopes for a lucky day.

Chris (another Chris than the one who posted earlier ;-)

Friday, September 21, 2007 5:18:00 AM  
Blogger Undershadow said...

Hey All,
I am blown away that our music is still generating all this interst after all these years...
Thanks for the praises....


(vocalist for Jonas Grumby)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Robby said...

I can remember watching you guys play at battle of the bands at Bogart's in 1986.

Friday, October 01, 2010 10:44:00 PM  

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