Inspired by the best in ’60s sounds (Mod, garage, pop-art, Psychedelia freakbeat), The Aardvarks were formed in the mid-1980s in Ealing, West London, as part of the same scene which eventually reared Kula Shaker. For many years, they were one of the most popular bands on the Mod and 60s Revival circuit, issuing a string of acclaimed 45s on labels such as Screaming Apple and Detour. The Aardvarks’ 12-year lifespan is remembered on this compilation, built around their 1995 album for Delerium, “Bargain”, while also offering an equal number of choice tracks from elsewhere. The ‘Varks tasted brief fame in the 90s, appearing on the James Whale TV Show and even supporting Bonnie Tyler. [Cherry Red]
An unreleased album recorded for Polydor around 1980, finally released in 2010 by Sing Sing Records. Protex was a band from Belfast and formed 1977 after a Clash and they released four nice 7Inches and are on numerous compilations. The band was greatly influenced by The Clash and took their original name, Protex Blue, from an album track on The Clash’s eponymous debut album. The band did not realise the Clash song was about condoms. They toured much. opened for the Boomtown Rats on their UK tour and on further tours in America and Canada in 1980. Protex’s final release for Polydor was the single A Place In Your Heart, after which they were dropped by the label.
These irish pop punkers sound to me like a mod revival version of Ramones. So, if ya dig stuff like The Undertones, Ramones, Buzzcocks or The Clash check ’em out!
Collection of 45’s by these UK Mod punkers from ’79. You could hear ’em on ”This Is Mod” or 100% British Mod comps and now here are all of their studio recordings. Dig this The Jam/Buzzcocks style punk rock. Be Aware!
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!
RUTLAND’S FINEST MOD BANDS SUPERB ROUND UP OF BOTH SINGLES, COMPILATION APPEARANCES AND A HOST OF UNRELEASED TRACKS FROM THIS LINCOLN BASED ADRENALIN FUELLED MOD COMBO. TAKING INFLUENCES FROM THE PUB-ROCK SCENE FROM THE LIKES OF ‘DR. FEELGOOD’ & ‘EDDIE & THE HOT RODS’ AND MIXING IT IN WITH THE POWER OF PUNK BUT NOT FORGETTING THEIR HEROES OF YESTERYEAR FROM THE LIKES OF ‘THE WHO’ & ‘THE SMALL FACES’.
“Back in 1979 when the original Mod revival took the Country by such storm there were a handful of Mod bands that stood out proud above the others. The Chords, Secret Affair, The Purple Hearts and Squire to name just a few. Hot on their heels were the Killermeters, not quite so well known but well accepted by the music press of the day. Full pages were written in Sounds and the NME and a minor hit was nicely tucked under their belts courtesy of RCA. Becoming the pride of the North the Killermeters stuck around for a number of years until they split in the early 80s. Like so many others the Killermeters started life as a punk band the “Killer Meters” as they were then, split in 1978, reforming in the October as the mod band The Killermeters, kicking back into life with a new song that said it all; “Back In Business”. During their time they were warned by John Peel that the Mod image would lead them down a blind alley but they were also raved about in Sounds by Gary Bushell, supported Secret Affair and the Undertones and finally went on tour with Eddie and the Hot Rods. Unfortunately the tour was to leave them badly in the red and as a result the Killermeters finally came to an end, coming back to life as Soldiers are Dreamers in 1981, taking their name from the Sassoon poem. This double album takes the listener through the legend that was the Killermeters. With tracks taken from various sources this is the definitive Killermeters recordings including demo versions of their better known tracks “Twisted Wheel” and “SX225”.
“There are but four Jarvis Humbys.That’s right, four. And Jarvis Humby fuse a fast-paced mix of British R&B, Power Pop and Mod Garage with crashing guitar, firing vocals and a joyous boost of wailing Hammond, bringing ’64 to the present day.
Back in 2003, the band released their first album ‘Assume The Position It’s……….’ on Acid Jazz Records, then 2004 with Hard Soul Records, and re-issued in 2007 on Wicked Cool Record Co. Previous to this ‘Get On Board My Train / Gwen Stacy’ was released on Detour Records in ‘98, and the ‘Garage Rock 4 Stereo’ EP was released in 2004 on Acid Jazz Records, along with additions to various compilations. Following these outputs, the band were invited to the States and played gigs in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego following support from cult DJ Little Steven (better known as a nightclub manager in TV drama The Sopranos).
A long time ago, in a studio far, far away, the four members of Jarvis Humby found themselves in Ranscombe Studios, Rochester, Kent, with Jim Riley at the controls, and Graham Day (The Prisoners, The Prime Movers, The Solarflares, etc) on producer duties. This was the Summer of 2006. These recordings were placed in a time capsule, and fourteen years later, they have now found the light of day, with much delight.
The album opens up with ‘Who’s Gonna Pick Up The Pieces?’ (a very good question), with the following thirteen tracks also securing the band as one of the best Mod Garage/BossR&B bands to have existed.Release date – 23rd of October 2020.”
UK Garage/Mod revival in style of legendary brit gang THE PRISONERS. Little Steven likes ’em, Austin Powers likes ’em, Mr.Eliminator likes ’em… Check ’em out!
Formed in San Diego at the beginning of SoCal’s late ’70s mod revival, Manual Scan played Power-pop with overt ’60s influences. They excelled at combining the bright, brash, compact sound favored by many influential Seventies bands (particularly The Jam) with ’60s-style beat music defined by the Beatles and Zombies. This hybrid sound was enthusiastically received by both power-pop mods and Sixties purists. In this way, Manual Scan helped unify the mod scene in the United States.
Real cool 80’s US garage/mod revival band 19 trax vinyl compilation plus some bonus cuts added just fer your listening pleasure. Don’t miss it!
Fast Cars were one of the most underrated bands from the Manchester scene in the late 70’s. They played with XTC, The Buzzcocks, Joy Division, The Fall, The Rezillos and supported The Jam. Their brilliant debut single ‘The Kids Just Wanna Dance’ picked up daytime Radio One play and they were almost signed by The Jam’s A&R man at Polydor. Of course, the music industry has a nasty habit of turning it’s back on some great bands and sadly this is what happened.
This is compilation of singles and unreleased trax by these cool The Buzzcocks sound-alikes. Check some favs ‘n’ dig!