Squire – Get Ready To Go! / Big Smashes [80’s Mod Revival]

 

Though they never received the recognition they deserved, Squire was undoubtedly one of the earliest and finest Mod Revival bands of the late 70s. Squire were able to transcend the limits of the genre with their high quality pop which drew equal parts from punk spirit and the 1960s.
Named because they rehearsed above a shop called Squires, this lot went to school with Paul Weller in Woking, Surrey and formed in Guildford not long after JAM as a covers band consisting of Enzo Esposito (vocals/bass), Steve Baker (guitar) and Ross Di’Landa (drums).
In June 1978, songwriter/guitarist Anthony Meynell joined just prior to a high profile gig opening for The Jam. The addition of Meynell changed the band’s focus to producing original material, and by 1979, they had released their first single for ROK Records, Get Ready to Go.

‘Get Ready’ focuses on the early work of the original lineup from their mod days. This release supplants Hits from 3000 Years Ago by picking the highlights (most of the album) and combining their first single, the brilliant “Get Ready Go,” with B-sides, previously unreleased material, a track from the Odd Bods, Mods and Sods compilation, and a track from a fan club release.

 

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Somewhere between the delicate power pop of Shoes and the classy British pop of mid-period Jam sits the wonderful world of Squire. No, not Billy “The Stroke” Squier. This is Squire, the groovy mod trio fronted by Anthony Meynell, one of pop music’s unsung heroes. Spanning the years 1980-1984, this exceptional compilation concentrates on the latter half of the band’s career, and contains almost their entire Get Smart album. By this point in the band’s career, Meynell had tired of the musical restrictions that the mod scene had thrust upon him. Adding more overdubs in the studio (including a horn section), Meynell created some of the brightest, most exhilarating, guitar-based pop music of the early ’80s. Sidestepping such influences as the Who and the Kinks, and embracing Lennon’s edge from the Beatles (“No Time Tomorrow”), and the bright, sunny vibe from the Monkees (“Standing In The Rain”), Squire did not create disposable pop, they created timeless pop. Many of these tracks could have been released in the mid-’60s or even in the early ’90s at the height of Brit-pop. “Every Trick In The Book Of Love,” “You’re the One,” “My Mind Goes Round In Circles,” “Girl On A Train,” “Stop That Girl,” and “Take A Look” are nothing less than perfect pop songs. When Meynell puts down his pen and records a cover version (including Shoes’ “Boys Don’t Lie” and Big Star’s “September Gurls”), the results are nothing less than Squire-like. Mod and power pop fans should keep their eyes peeled for this gem of a CDs. It’s worth the hype![Stephen SPAZ Schnee]

 

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THE MISSING SOULS !!!

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Great garage/mod revival band from Lyon, France. These guys’n gal really dig 60’s garage the right way. On their 2016. debut slab and singles all songs are covers of tunes from Pebbles/Back From The Grave/Girls In Garage kinda comps, done in a real cool and refreshing style & sound. They are one of the best garage revival gang I heard lately. They’re FABULOUS, believe you me! Soon I’ll post collection of 60’s originals they covered, until then Check ’em out!

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THE JOLT – st [1978] + Singles

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”Band from Glasgow, Scotland formed in 1976, put together by a young local newspaper journalist, drummer Iain Shedden, singer/guitarist Robert Collins and bassist Jim Doak. They started out playing 1960s covers and then sped up their music, playing a mix of punk rock and power pop. The band built up its following playing at the Crown Hotel, Wishaw. They enjoyed moderate success during the punk and early new wave era. They moved to London, England and signed to Polydor Records. They opened for bands such as The Jam, The Saints, Generation X and The Motors. They were precursors to the mod revival, which came to fruition around 1979, the year the band split.” [wiki]

History of the Jolt [from Punk 77]

Killer Mod Punks. Vinyl rip!!!

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The album is dedicated “to the memory of the Saturday lunch times at Wishaw”.

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THE PRIME MOVERS – Sins Of The Fourfathers [1989] + Live At The Town And Country Club ’89

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 ”The Prisoners split in 1986 after four albums and the sadly inevitable music-industry-induced agony, but the Day / Crockford partnership didn’t stay dormant for long. After a stint as drummer for the Mighty Caesars with Chatham’s very own Renaissance man Billy Childish, Graham Day was re-joined by his old partner in 1989, along with ex-Daggerman Wolf Howard on drums, and formed the Prime Movers. Allan and Wolf had been part of the original line-up of the James Taylor Quartet (formed after the Prisoners split), but were now free agents. The Prime Movers recorded the raw and unpolished ‘Sins of the Fourfathers’ as a three piece, and were soon joined by Fay Hallam (ex Makin’ Time) on organ.”
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‘Sins of the Fourfathers’ took only two days to record & mix, and consequently is almost live, hard-hitting and without compromise, incorporating years of hard slog around seedy nightclubs to the relative glamoure of the Hammersmith Palais and Edinburgh Playhouse”

 

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Graham Day’s The Prime Movers were a continuation of story that have started with The Prisoners, this time with more psychedelic influences. ‘Sins of the Fourfathers’ is a killer garage slab, maybe one of the best in Mr.Day’s arsenal [for my money one of the best in ’80s garage revival movement]. Merging of 60’s freakbeat/mod influences, Hendrix guitar style & wah wah pedal swirl with punk energy proved as a winning combination. All tunes are originals except the cover of Hendrix’s ”Freedom”. You’re gonna listen to this record 6 times a day, OK ?!?

 

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Live At The Town And Country Club [1989-07-23] is soundboard recording with real cool sound and participation of Fay Hallam on keys. Say… Dig !!!

 

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MYSTERY ACTION (Boss Martians) – Here’s To Another Year [2000]

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“Seattle’s Evan Foster just keeps getting BETTER as he goes. 5 BOSS MARTIANS albums down (with another on the way) and he finds time to start a 2nd band dedicated to the late 60’s to supplement all that early-60’s surf & hot rod stuff. WOW! I played this almost NON-STOP for a month after getting it! Hard-driving 60s-style ROCK & ROLL with tons of Hammond Organ work and even some horn sections tossed in for good measure make this an exciting package. And your eyes will be knocked out by the HOT electric PINK they used in the packaging. Anyone who digs Philly’s MONDO TOPLESS absolutely NEEDS a copy of this! A fab cover of the Sam Cooke song “Shake” rounds out a collection of powerful originals. DON’T wait! Get it NOW!”

Hey Hey! Yeah Yeah! A REAL COOL  but overlooked transition album for Boss Martians. Here they try new, harder rockin’ sound [which was later fully developed on ”Making The  Rounds” and ”The Set-Up”] influenced by 60’s Mod of Small Faces and 70’s power pop/punk sound of Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, Ramones and MC5. Great stuff: Conspiracy, Trade Publication, He’ll Be Around [later re-recorded for ”The Set-Up”], Shake, Ten Years Time, Some Kids Will Riot, I Believe… Dig!!!

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キノコホテル [KINOCO HOTEL]

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“J-league” Garage/Mod Revival four-piece all-girl rockers, fronted by the extravagant Marianne Shinonome, known for her sometimes crazy onstage antics, such as throwing condoms in to the audience, swinging a whip, and climbing atop the keyboard. Formed in Tokyo 2007, they recorded several albums of Hammond driven fuzzed-out Mod/Pop rockers. Banzai!!!
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THE EVENT – This is The Event [1989]

80’s Garage/Mod Revival crew from SanDiego,California. This is their sole LP on Voxx rec. were they recreate the 60’s mod sounds of UK groups like The Action, Creation, Birds, Small Faces Or The Who. Among solid original tunes, here you got covers of JaggedTimeLapse[John‘s Children], Things SheSays [The In Crowd] and That’s AllThat INeed YouFor [TheBirds]. For you Modsters out there, Enjoy!
VOXX It’s What’s Happening!

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THE DAGGERMEN – Dagger In My Mind [1986]

“12 tracks of 2 minute garage rock released on the Prisoners label.  In fact the band were almost a baby version of the Prisoners minus the organ as you had James Taylor’s younger brother David on guitar and drummer Wolf Howard (later of the JTQ, Prime Movers etc).  What you have hear is raw, enthusiastic, melodic garage rock which is surprisingly listenable.  The album has never been reissued in any way and this original vinyl pressing is now much sought after. The band released very little other material – one single (“One More Letter”) and a couple of compilation album appearances (“Now It’s You I Need” on a Countdown mod compilation and a cover of the Who’s “Ivor” on a Hangman garage compilation).
Billy Childish and the Buff Medways released a 3 track Daggermen tribute EP in 2001.  And the Buff Medways featured a certain Wolf Howard on drums!” 
[RYM review]
COOL & RARElegendary 80’s Medway scene Garage/Mod Revival gang sole Lp on the Own Up Label. Yeah sure, there are close connections with The Prisoners, Mighty Caesars, Milkshakes and stuff so ya know whatyou couldexpect. Fast & Raw Garage Ramalama Fest, Dig!!!
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