Basically,..... very basically,....this tape is a classic.
It's up there on a podium of pure cardboard alongside anything by such UK DIY treasures as Danny and the Dressmakers, The Midnight Circus, Instant Automatons,Door and the Window, The Jubilets,The Barron Balls or even The Prats!?
Favourites on the Southend gig circuit,they had buckets for drums, a singer who sounds like an Essex version of Snagglepuss,or maybe Jinx the cat, on glue, and made an album in the drummers bedroom. Burnett was promoted to real drums at their live gigs, which was the first time he'd ever been behind a kit......now that's punk rock purity.
Then as with everything 'beautiful and pure', it becomes contaminated by the outside world. Eventually they decended into making more 'sophisticated' music, got better at their instruments, and wrote about 'serious' issues....yawn!
The evil virus of Anarcho-Punk penetrated this perfection, and various members formed various Crass style groups.....tut tut tut?
Graham Burnett, went on to create the fanzine and cassette label 'New Crimes', and form more 'serious' groups 'Enola Death' and 'Autumn Poison'.
Sadly the sub-genius that was Martin Fulton,the singer, died around the turn of this century i am informed! Why his fizzog doesn't adorn thousands of t-shirts worn by tormented adolescents the world over, and Kurt Cobain IS .....is quite frankly, a mystery of Marie Celeste-like proportions. Dave Mcullough ,late of 'sounds', should have re-edited his extremely daft obiturary for Ian Curtis, and replaced the lead subject matter with Martin Fulton....'He died for you'?
1 Monsters On TV
2 Disco Disco
3 Sgt.Bilko Plays Pop
4 Donny & Marie
5 Greta Garbo Goes Shopping
6 Carry On
7 Wild Thing
8 Fanzine Junky
9 Sheena (Easton) Is a Punk Rocker
10 Steptoe & His Dad
11 Sore Eyes Party
12 Walking Home
13 Skelington Flat
14 Seance Disco