2LP compilation from Get Back records featuring UK mod groups from 1977 to early 80’s such as CIRCLES, UNTOUCHABLES, CIGARETTES, SCENE, RAGE, AMBER SQUAD, SMALL WORLD, KILLMETERS, PURPLE HEARTS, LONG TALL SHORTY and many more. Cool stuff indeed!
Long Tall Shorty were one of the earliest mod revival bands formed in 1978 and originally known as ‘The Indicators. They went on tour with the ‘Angelic Upstarts’ where they attracted the attentions of Jimmy Pursey who signed the band to his ‘JP Productions’ label and suggested a name change to ‘Long Tall Shorty’.
The band played extensively all over the country and soon became one of the brightest lights in the burgeoning Mod Revival scene with music papers, fanzines and fans everywhere raving about their powerful live shows. This was ‘real’ music – pile-driving R&B tinged Mod that led to the band releasing several singles – the debut single ‘By Your Love’ that came out on the ‘Warner Bros’ label was withdrawn with only 200 copies rumoured to be sold. The band’s second release ‘Win Or Lose’ on the ‘Ramkup’ label is one of the main collectables on the Mod / Punk collectors circuit and now regularly fetches up to £100.00. The band soldiered on until the Mid 80’s and called it a day in 1985.
Now, what we have here is an extensive over-view of the bands career. The first disc features the album that the band recorded for Warner Bros back in 1979 that was to be ‘1970’s Boy’ but was withdrawn at the last minute – a real treat in itself! The second disc features rare and previously unreleased tracks from the band’s history and is a great insight for fans into some great recordings. Also featured is the rare single ‘Anti CND’ that the band released under the name ‘Joe Public’ for fear of a backlash!! Coming with great packaging on both formats with heaps of rare photos and liner notes by Tony Perfect and Eddie Piller this is a real treat of a release!!
These KILLER MOD PUNKERS sound like if Johhny Tunders & The Heartbreakers were mods or like the mod forerunner of The Devil Dogs. Real COOL stuff indeed! Dig!!!