Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Howdy brothers & sisters, upcoming, lots more rare rock'n'roll from the hazy past that you need to hear to make your miserable lives better. Exposure to the music posted on this here blog may even make you more attractive to members of the opposite sex, the stuff we're serving up tonight is that good!
Alright, maybe my Barnum & Bailey hyperbole is overstretching the truth just a tad, but to the trained musical palette this little selection has got to be a five star three course meal with a free bar tab at the very least.
The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.
Up first, as promised, the third & final album by Canadian Hard Rock gods The Hunt. Formed from the ashes of prog/psychers DILLINGER who recorded a couple of highly rated early '70's LPs. After adding former MAX WEBSTER drummer Paul Kersey, the changed their name to The Hunt and their style altered drastically too. After a self titled debut and some line up changes, they recorded "Back On The Hunt", as a trio and built up a name for themselves as a popular touring act, especially in the Southern States. At this point bassist Frank Gagnon jumped ship to join FRANK SODA & THE IMPS. They recorded their final album, "The Thrill Of The Kill" in 1982. A diverse but tightly written album of quality Hard Rock with excellent arrangements, it featured the six string talents of MAX WEBSTER guitarist KIM MITCHELL on several tracks to boot. Sadly, that was the end of the road for The Hunt, they went their separate ways later the same year. Why oh why? Get thrilled. Now.

THE HUNT - The Thrill Of The Kill (1982) Canada

Sticking with Canada, here's the final piece of the Fludd discography for you too. This is album No.3, "Great Expectations" from 1975 which surfaced on the Attic Records label. Following an abortive set of recording sessions in the UK, wholesale personnel and label changes had resulted in the band leaving Daffodil Records and Greg Godovitz leaving to form GODDO. The tough times appear to have had an effect on the songwriting, with several songs on the album departing from the bands usually upbeat sound & lyrical viewpoint, but this appears to aid the album as a whole, giving more light & shade to proceedings. "What An Animal", even provided the band with a Top Ten single release, but subsequent 45s failed to connect with the record buying public. Although the band remained together and continued recording until 1976, there were no more new releases from Fludd, the members eventually drifting off to different projects.
Expect greatness, here's Fludd.

FLUDD - Great Expectations (1975) Canada

Something a little heavier for you now, this is a great one-off album from a band with a complicated history. The album is "Barbarians Of The New Earth", the band is Grudge, the year is 1986. Formed as AFTERMATH in Tucson Arizona in 1981, they released their debut EP "Straight From Hell" in 1985 which was well received in underground Metal circles. Relocating to New York in 1986, the changed the bands name to Grudge, set up the Grudge Records label and released several interesting records including titles by THE GODZ and LORDS OF THE CRIMSON ALLIANCE. It's rumoured that the very collectible & mysterious LOTCA album was actually recorded by Grudge themselves performing under a pseudonym. There's plenty to suggest that there's more than a grain of truth in this rumour just by giving the Grudge album a spin. The style of music, the production and even the song titles bear striking similarities to the LORDS material, which is to say, it's bizarre Metal with proggy touches here and there and a really compressed drum sound. Odd stuff! Anyway, true or not, the label stiffed, the band reverted back to the AFTERMATH moniker and released an album called "Don't Cheer Me Up" in 1988. A further demo tape appeared the following year, when the band, fed up with their lack of progress, called it a day. If you prefer your Metal served up with a side order of bizarre, check out Grudge.

GRUDGE - Barbarians Of The New Earth (1986) USA

A more traditional brand of the Heavy stuff for you now from Cleveland Ohio's Elessar. This is their 1984 "Defy The King", six song Mini LP which came out on the sought after Iron Works label. This is great basement Metal with epic aspirations and lyrical leanings towards the fantastical. Production is basic, but very "Wall Of Sound", and the riffing is intricate & memorable. Some good NWOBHM inspired stuff from the Ohio based quintet, a shame they recorded no more material, it would have been interesting to hear what a full length from them would have delivered.

ELESSAR - Defy The King (1984) USA

A trio of NWOBHM 7" rarities to complete the post now.
Up first, the A.R.C. Rock Band and their "Homemade Wine" 7" from back in 1979. The oddly named trio are much more in the 1970's styled Hard Rock vein than most of their NWOBHM counterparts, and i believe they were a little longer in the tooth too, having done the rounds for a few years before releasing this, their only vinyl. Two good solid rock'n'rollers here, which'll have you shaking your asses like it was 1979. Just remember to close the curtains first!

A.R.C. ROCK BAND - Homemade Wine 7" (1979) UK

Now, here's another one shot band, this is the 1981 "I Wanna Make Ya!" 45 on Cargo Records from 7 Year Itch. Again, much more of a Hard Rock band than most of those labelled NWOBHM, the two songs are pretty commercial for the time. Perhaps with a bigger budget they could even have garnered some airplay. As it was, 7 Year Itch sank without trace never to be heard from again. Until now. It's very 1981 sounding, but there's nothing wrong with that.

7 YEAR ITCH - I Wanna Make Ya! 7" (1981) UK

Finally then, here's the 1981 "Lookin' For A Good Time" 7" on the fantastically named Dynamic Cat label, from London based Hard Rockers Nuthin' Fancy. It's Hard Rockin fayre with bubblegum chantalong choruses and a 70's Glam Rock feel. That probably looks a lot worse written down than it sounds. Be brave, good times are hard to find.

NUTHIN' FANCY - Lookin' For A Good Time 7" (1981) UK

Phew, i'm off. Watching Scotland beat France tonight has really taken it out of me, i need sleeeeeeeeeep. Hope something from tonight's bag of tricks makes your day. More soon.


Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Thank you very much greatly appreciate Fludd and The Hunt and couple others.

Thursday, September 13, 2007 4:28:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

You're very welcome Residentevil2, glad to share the music with those who love & appreciate it as much as i do.

Thursday, September 13, 2007 6:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently one of the guys who eventually formed Terraplane and then Thunder was in Nuthin' Fancy, not sure if it was Danny Bowes or Luke Morley

Saturday, September 15, 2007 3:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quick bit of research - it was Bowes and Morley !!

Saturday, September 15, 2007 4:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Nils Tibor said...

Thank you very much for the third Fludd album.


Saturday, September 15, 2007 5:52:00 AM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Really? Danny Bowes & Luke Morley were in Nuthin' Fancy? I didn't know that. Cheers for the info.

Saturday, September 15, 2007 8:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For bigfootkit
The Nuthin Fancy single in pic sleeve is the holy grail for hardened Thunder fans.Hardly ever comes up on the market and fetches between £75 - £100, needless to say it's still on my wants list so its nice to hear a decent downloadable version.

Saturday, September 15, 2007 7:10:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Glad you enjoyed it anonymous, didn't know of the Thunder/Terraplane connection, but now that i do i recognise the vocals of Danny Bowes.
He's not quite found his style yet on this one, but he's still recognisable.
It's great to find out little titbits of info on some of these that i didn't know.
Johnny 5 need more input!

Sunday, September 16, 2007 11:16:00 AM  
Anonymous aardvark said...

There was another 7" by 7 year itch.
Came out in 1980 and I think it's the same band. Called "Friday Evening Smile" on the independant Roxon label (Rox 004). Most of the stuff on this label was from the back end of the punk era and some singles were split between 2 bands (One either side).

Sunday, September 16, 2007 6:26:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

Aardvark, thanks for the info viz-a-viz 7 Year Itch, i had no knowledge of any other releases, but a bit of quick digging has turned this up.

7 YEAR ITCH - Friday Evening Smile

DONE (C. Hargrave / Simpson)
04/80- Roxon Rec. ROX-004 ps - 7”
Note: the B-side’s label is dated 1979.

London-based Seven Year Itch – Chris Hargrave (v/gtr),
Mick Molloy (gtr/v),
Keith Nelson (gtr/banjo),
Derek Timms (b)
and Paul Atkinson (d)
– were active on the live circuit
from early 1979. The combo’s lone single was recorded between the end of the year (the Bside)and the beginning of 1980 (the A-side) at
the Oxon Sound Studios of Watlington, Oxfordshire, and surfaced in April 1980 on the Roxon label.
Both tracks are rather mediocre
Country-Rock songs played with unimaginative craftsmanship. Mick Molloy would later play with Ron Kavana.
Note: a Lancs.- based NWOBHM group of the same name (later renamed Wamm) issued a 7” on the Cargo label in 1981.
So, not the same band then, but the digging did turn up some extra info on the 7 Year Itch featured here, so thank you.

Monday, September 17, 2007 1:42:00 PM  
Anonymous bigfootkit said...

For further info on 7 Year Itch, check out guitarist Dave "Whammy" Walmsley's website here:
It's quite a tale!

Monday, September 17, 2007 1:48:00 PM  
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Friday, November 20, 2009 10:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, Where did you find the elessar album, I havent seen it in 20 yrs. Amazing what the internet Holds.

Friday, December 04, 2009 9:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool post as for me. I'd like to read a bit more about this topic. Thanks for posting this data.

Sunday, February 14, 2010 10:55:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Wammy Walmsley said...

7 Year Itch? - Go to the Musical history page on my website - It may be useful I was the guitarist.Dave Wammy Walmsley.

Monday, October 29, 2012 6:46:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Wammy Walmsley said...

I was the guitarist in 7 Year Itch, you may find some interest on the Musical History Page on my Website - wammy-uk,com

Monday, October 29, 2012 6:48:00 PM  

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