A very minor, but interesting phenomenon to report on this time out. Just as a load of the original UK hardcore punks (Anti-nowhere League, Cockney Rejects) ended up making metal LPs, my theory is that it was down to a mix of wanting to do more with increased musical competence, dissatisfaction with elements of their audience and most of all just WANTING TO HAVE SOME FUN; some of their US brethren did the same. Far be it from me, obviously, to suggest that the were only in it for the money.

..although not necessarily in that order.
..although not necessarily in that order.

Junkyard, Sixes, Sevens & Nines and Kick-Happy, Thrill-Hungry, Reckless & Willing are all primo examples of this. Junkyard came first, they were a Kerrang! favourite some of my friends really liked them but I never really got it at the time. The fact that they had a history of being in scary hardcore bands I’d only slightly heard of like Minor Threat, Dag Nasty and The Big Boys meant diddly-squat to me. I just heard a couple of good tunes and a strangulated, poor production job by Tom Werman. I liked ‘Hands off’ and ‘Blooze’ though, partly because the latter had a semi-talking bit in the middle.

Fast forward a year or so ahead and I saw them support The Almighty in Cardiff and they were just incredible, easily the better band live. I suddenly got it – big time! I went back and listened to both LPs and I could suddenly see the traces of an excellent band there, all the Southern rock flourishes of ‘Simple Man’ (although I swore for years that David Roach sang ‘don’t throw your panties in the wishing well’ on that one – listen to it and deny it, I challenge you!) and ‘Slippin’ away’ made sense; the mighty Steve Earle features too. I also really like the last track on Sixes, Sevens & Nines, ‘Lost in the city’ where they cut some proper punk loose when they think no-ones listening.

Best of all though are the two fabulous bitter-as-sin ballads ‘Clean the dirt’ and ‘Hands off’. Great fodder that I listened to whenever one of my, usually imaginary at that point, women wronged me. I can’t really recommend them enough.


On Kick-Happy, Thrill-Hungry, Reckless & Willing ROTA as I will call them to avoid getting RSI, just played it silly. Coming out in 1991 I snapped it up totally judged by the great title and cover, and never looked back. Okay so there’s some filler but this is a great LP in my book. There are even 2 songs with talking bits in the middle and I’m a REAL sucker for songs with talkie bits in them (‘okay all through history they say that behind every man is one foxy lady…’).  It’s funny too which I also love, I’ve had several arguments with my earnest friends on this point, all of which I think I’ve won, funny = brilliant in music as far as I’m concerned, okay we all need a bit of moping occasionally but come on listen to ROTA’s ‘Beer and a girl’ and live a bit.  ROTA also keep the swear quotient pumped high enough for my tastes on ‘Way down’, my other favourite track on the LP, and there’s even a slower menacing track called ‘The Ride’.

I mean, come on! It’s sweary, funny, great title, great cover and essentially all about riding bikes, drinking, riding hot chicks and drinking again – it ticks every single box there ever was!

Okay so this was a bit of a dead-end of an idea, but it was fun while it lasted and I really enjoyed playing all three LPs through again, I’d only picked tracks off them for years.  Stick all the tracks mentioned above on a mix and you’d arrive at work every morning grinning from ear-to-ear – and that’s a scientifically proven true story.

13 Down.

Way Down !

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