The Freeze – Paranoia

25th October 2022 · 1970s, 1979, Music, Punk

Does anyone remember The Freeze? Probably not unless you were living in Scotland in the early days of punk.

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Scars – Horrorshow

24th October 2022 · 1970s, 1979, Music, Punk

Here’s another of those great first-wave postpunk bands from Edinburgh. I’ve still got their debut single, Horrorshow, and their only album, Author! Author!

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Dead Fingers Talk are another of those bands that shone brightly for a brief moment before slipping through the cracks in the immediate aftermath of punk.

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Flowers were another of the Scottish postpunk bands that blossomed briefly, recording only 11 songs over the course of their short career.

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Song of the Day

Frank Tovey was the first artist to be signed to Mute Records and Back To Nature was the second single to come out on the label.

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Cowboys International didn’t last long. They released a handful of singles and a solitary album, and by the end of 1980 they had disappeared after about 18 months together.

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Back in 1977 I don’t think I knew what rockabilly was, and I’d never heard Elvis Presley’s early Sun Sessions. Then along came a cool dude with impeccable punk credentials called Robert Gordon.

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This wasn’t The Members’ first release – Fear On The Streets introduced them on the Streets compilation – but it was their first single, released on Stiff Records in 1978.

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The Exile’s entire recording career – three EPs – was over by the end of 1977, making them trailblazers in the punkosphere – and earning them a reputation as the ‘Godfathers of Scottish Punk.’ (more…)

I’m ashamed to admit I found This Heat too experimental, too avant-garde, too noodly and (dare I say it) too proggy to appreciate them at the time. And for that I feel foolish.

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