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▶ THE SHIVVERS - S/T LP

REMIXED, REMASTERED! In the spirit of Badfinger & Raspberries with a heavy dose of Girl Group soul, get ready for the 3-minute magic of THE SHIVVERS!!


To those that know, saying Milwaukee's punk and new wave scene in the late 70s and early 80s punched well above its weight than larger Midwestern cities is a gross understatement. Though only one half million strong, Milwaukee put together a flurry of such great bands and singles, yet even in this remarkable environment, no band burned brighter or more intensely with white-hot, pure-pop than the arc-light of The Shivvers.

Classic pop in an age of plastic fops, it's taken over thirty years, but 'Now People' around the world may finally be ready for the three-minute magic of The Shivvers.

Jill Kossoris: "This is it!  All the songs were written between '79 and '81 and most were intended as singles.
This would have been The Shivvers first album."

(Deluxe packaging! Gatefold LP with extensive liners, printed inner sleeve and foldout poster!)

More info including track listing, bio and press photos is available HERE

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▶ THIRTEEN - 'Girls Aren't The Same' 7"

From 45 Revolutions:

A Power Pop three-piece formed in 1977 by Mark Ferrick (v/b, who composed the A-side of Dean Wyman’s lone 1978 single), Jim Ferrick (d) and Ian McKean (gtr), Thirteen never managed to gain press coverage and their lone 7” was released in France, Germany and Holland, but not in the UK. Recorded in January 1979 with Phil Cordell co-producing, drums on the 7” were played by Mark Ferrick on one track and a session player on another following the death of his brother Jim shortly before the session. Ian McKean resurfaced a few years later with Twenty Flight Rockers and with Balaam & The Angel, a New Wave combo born from the ashes of U.X.B. Note: a different Oxford-based five-piece group also called Thirteen issued a 7” on the Square label in 1980.

From Purepop:

Girls Aren’t the Same is a fine Powerpop performance which somehow didn’t gain a release in the UK at the time. The harmonies and guitars are spot on, although the instant melody/hook can become a tad repetitive after a few plays. The B side is the killer in my book. Featuring Ian McKean driving and cutting guitars, Teddy Boy rocks out in fine straight ahead Stones/Streak mode. Ian’s style is pure Rock N Roll and he later also played lead guitar on 2 or 3 tracks of the second Fortunate Sons LP (Karezza) in 1986.

Further reading and photos at Mj Wilson Photography

Release Country: France, Germany, Netherlands
Release Year: 1979 / Reissue Date: 05.14
Original Label: Various

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▶ LIVERPOOL ECHO - Liverpool Echo LP

A perfect pair alongside Rockin' Horse's 'Yes It Is,' the self-titled album by The Liverpool Echo makes a swaggering assertion for the enduring power and captivation of the early Mersey styles of McCartney & Lennon.

The idea was simple: make a hit record in the early, authentic style of the band with the most hits of all time – THE BEATLES – and use said record as a springboard to capitalize on the ten-year anniversary of their birth. And do it cheaply. And in only one week.

While The Liverpool Echo proved perhaps too late to ferry 'cross the Mersey and too early to dilate its pupils to Starry Eyes, the record they left behind remains the most wonderfully rocking cenotaph to the original Cavern Club 'moment' that I have ever encountered.

So you might as well surrender…It's for you!

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1973 / Reissue Date: 11.13
Original Label: Spark Records

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▶ LOST KIDS - 'Cola Freaks' 7" EP

One of the first and most prolific Danish punk groups, LOST KIDS formed in 1978 in Aarhus. They recorded 4 singles and 2 LPs in a style heavily influenced by UK punk however the second single "Cola Freaks" is perhaps their finest moment. Band members in monster makeup! Blistering guitar solos! Rezillos-style male/female vocals! And a note for note tribute to Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias"Snuffin Like That" in the song "Radden Dig"! A truly unique and highly sought after piece of Danish punk rock history back in print for all.

Release Country: Denmark
Release Year: 1979 / Reissue Date: 11.13
Original Label: Medley

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▶ BRETT SMILEY - 'Va Va Va Voom' b/w 'Space Ace' 7"

For every David Bowie, Brian Ferry or Marc Bolan, there were scores of glam divas-in-waiting like Jobriath and Brett Smiley. At least Jobriath, the world's first openly-gay rock star, got a chance to release two monstrously campy and epic LPs before public backlash silenced him forever. The winsome and sinewy Brett Smiley did not fare as well, recording Breathlessly Brett during a flurry of interest by the international music press, only to have the album cruelly pushed aside by an uncaring record industry and shelved permanently. Smiley was the willowy, blonde personification of glam, discovered and promoted like a classic Hollywood ingénue by Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham. Oldham's vision for Smiley was to elevate the young man to the rarefied status of untouchable superstar before his first single was out. This single, originally released in 1974 on the UK Anchor label stands as one of the best glam rock 45's of the era, reissued for the first time in it's original, very hard to find picture sleeve.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY GERED MANKOWITZ © BOWSTIR Ltd. 2014/Mankowitz.com

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1974 / Reissue Date: 11.13
Original Label: Anchor Records

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▶ JOOK - Jook Rule OK 2xLP

Jook came on like bastard sons of The Who and, if this first ever collection of the band's entire recorded works achieves anything, it should be to elevate the band from the Glitter Bin, and back to their rightful place as one of the greatest rock n’ roll acts ever.

More info including track listing, bio and press photos is available HERE

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1972-78 / Reissue Date: 6.13
Original Label: Various / Unreleased

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▶ THE BASTARDS- 'Funky Bastard' b/w 'Job In Town' 7"

The Kids (Belgium) released this single in Italy under the name 'The Bastards'. 2 classic tracks with different names / mixes from the LP (which has been bootlegged a enough times for this to be accepted as one of the best non-UK/US/Ireland bands of the first rock-n'-roll-tinged punk wave). "THIS IS ROCK AND ROLL"!!!!

Release Country: Italy
Release Year: 1977 / Reissue Date: 6.13
Original Label: Dig It.

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▶ COLOURED BALLS - Ball Power LP

Coloured Balls were one of the best pure rock n roll groups to emerge from the early 70s Australian scene.  Sure, The Saints and Radio Birdman stayed together longer and released a slew of fine albums during the punk era but it was the Coloured Balls who pioneered the proto punk sound earlier in the decade.  Their wildcard was Lobby Loyde, Australia’s premier guitar hero whose pivotal roles in beat/psych/blues rock groups The Purple Hearts, The Wild Cherries and Billy Thorpe’s Aztecs made him a major home-grown star down under.  Ball Power is full of raw, hard guitar rock and proto-punk. It's not only the Coloured Balls’ greatest album but also the finest music of Lobby Loyde’s long, fabled career. (Rising Storm)

More info including track listing, bio and press photos is available HERE

Release Country: Australia
Release Year: 1972 / Reissue Date: 12.12
Original Label: EMI

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▶ THE BLITZ BOYS - 'Eddy's New Shoes' 7" EP

Punks were few and far between in the Forest of Dean - a remote, heavily wooded, former coal-mining area on the border between England and Wales. You had to be dedicated or stupid to survive the constant ambushes from local disco boys, bikers and rugby club drunks. Five teenage punks ('Topper' Toplis, Jer Phelps, Drew Smith, Jon Ralphs, Barry Phillips) united in a love of The Boys, The Ramones, T Rex and 60s girl-groups formed The Blitz Boys. A million miles from the narcissism of the deteriorating London scene the boys drew inspiration more from Northern Ireland - the tunes and escapism of Good Vibrations Records, of Protex, Rudi, The Outcasts and The Undertones.

It was DIY or do-nothing. Gigs were initially few and far between - and what gigs there were often ended abruptly due to fighting amongst, or with, the audiences...or equipment failure. Helped by incendiary Gloucester punks Demob, who gave them support slots, the boys began to pick up more gigs and press. In 1980 The Blitz Boys second studio venture yielded 3 tracks – live favourites Eddy's New Shoes, She Told My Friends She Loved Me (But She's Too Shy To Talk To Me) and Eddy's Friend. Self-funded with the support of their loyal circle of friends and fans, and with outstanding artwork from the Inadequate Youth, the Eddy's New Shoes EP was released on the bands own Told You So Records – a dig at a journalist who predicted they'd never achieve anything. Within a week the title track was getting repeated plays by John Peel who also aired both flip-side tracks. The great man 'got it', commenting that he loved bands who created their own world. They met with Peel at the BBC and things momentarily looked bright with a second single planned and talk of a Peel session. But it wasn't to be. The band was always destined to burn briefly (and vividly). Eddy's New Shoes was a poignant legacy created from the chaos and the total lack of focus which would lead to the bands inevitable evaporation. Barry carried his guitar through various other bands eventually realising his ambition when The Rainsaints signed to Good Vibrations Records.

Meanwhile, Eddy's New Shoes became a cult track - pirated on a number of punk compilations despite the band's ambivalence, but until now never legitimately re-released.

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1980 / Reissue Date: 08.12
Original Label: Told You So.

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▶ SHAMBLES - 'Hello Baby' b/w 'Held Me Spellbound'

Shambles were led by ex-Mandrake Paddle Steamer singer Brian Engel and their only single is made up of two absolute corkers. Hello Baby is a great hi-energy Power Pop/Glam number that is totally infectious and the B side, the wild and rockin' Held Me Spellbound is as good if not better than Jook covering Watch Your Step. More than inspired by That's Alright Mama, Spellbound features 2 blistering lead guitar breaks that will strip your walls bare. Both tracks are wonderfully loud and bright thanks to the great Roy Thomas Baker production.

I am amazed at the number of acts that Brian Engel was involved with: He was in Starbuck (the Do You Like Boys one), Prowler, Liverpool Echo, Limey and others… including a stint with The New Seekers! (Purepop)

Release Country: UK
Release Year: 1975 / Reissue Date: 06.12
Original Label: RCA Victor.

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▶ THE MOONDOGS - 'Heads I Win' b/w 'Two's A Crowd'

A very scarce 7" from a Liverpool-based group formed in 1976 by Ian Irvine (gtr/v), Patrick Colohan (gtr/v), Dave Gough (b/v) and Steve Plumber (d). After making their live debut in summer 1977 at the Hope St. Fringe Festival, The Moondogs built up a growing cult following with the incendiary renditions of Chuck Berry and Gene Vincent oldies. In 1978 Plumber was replaced by Tony Dolman and the new line-up record this single, produced by former Deaf School drummer Time Whittaker and issued in October 1979 on Rexette Records, and independent label created by Roger Earle, founder of Eric's Club. Pressed in an edition of 1,000 copies, the platter includes the Powerpoppy TWO'S A CROWD on the flip and the Freakbeat A-side HEADS I WIN, whose riff is similar to the Psyschodelic cult song MY FATHER'S NAME IS DAD by Fire. In 1980 The Moondogs changed moniker to The English, to avoid confusion with the other Moondogs, releasing one single for Albion Records (the A-side of which, HOORAY FOR THE ENGLISH, is a great Powerpop tune) before splitting. Dolman soon joined Lawnmower, a short-lived combo who included future Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall. (45 Revolutions)

Release Country: UK/Holland
Release Year: 1979 / Reissue Date: 04.11
Original Label: Rexette

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▶ BLAZE X - 'Some Hope' b/w 'Rippy'

Blaze X formed in late 1975 in Tuam. They quickly learned to play and scored support slots for touring bands such as The Radiators, The Fuze, Tony Koklin and most famously U2 at Leisure Land in Galway on December 18, 1980. In November 1980 they entered RCF Studios in Galway and recorded their self-released single which sold well locally but didn't have much distribution apart from some mailorder sales. Only 500 copies pressed and it's a tough one to find these days. Most were sold locally and some were sent out as promos -- one of which went to RTE DJ Larry Gogan, who made it his Hit-Pick of the week (though the B-side "Rippy" was banned). Despite this success, the band failed to get on TV and no more copies were pressed. They split in 1981 when they failed to achieve their ambitions. (Eamonn Keane)

Release Country: Ireland
Release Year: 1980 / Reissue Date: 08.09
Original Label: Fixed Wheel

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