Category Archives: Punk and New Wave

TUFF DARTS – Tuff Darts! – (Sire) – 1978

This album has been kicking around for a while also. I had little knowledge of the band beyond them being a New York first generation punk band. A lot of first generation punk bands are, perhaps, or need to be, … Continue reading

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SUE SAAD AND THE NEXT – Sue Saad and the Next – (Planet) – 1980

The new wave was a big wave which put out many, many music acts. I don't have any stats to prove this but it seems like everyone between 1978 – 1980,  who was even vaguely new wave was signed. There … Continue reading

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DAVID ESSEX – The Whisper – (Mercury) – 1983

I've always liked David Essex and his albums from the1970s…and I know that some of you regular readers are to shy (wimps) to get on this blog and say the same but let's sing out the joys of David Essex. … Continue reading

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THE A’s – A Woman’s Got The Power – (Arista) – 1981

I've had the The A's self titled debut album (not this one) from 1979 for many years. I'm pretty sure I found it in an op shop in the mid-80s for $1. I tried selling it a number of record fairs … Continue reading

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RACHEL SWEET – … And Then He Kissed Me – (CBS) – 1981

Rachel Sweet was born in Akron in 1962 ! 1962! The exclamation mark is there is because this is Rachel's third album and it's from 1981. Teen stars aren't unusual but Rachel's voice is full and forceful and certainly sounds … Continue reading

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KARLA DEVITO – Is this a Cool World or What? – (Epic) – 1981

What do you do if you have been slogging it out for many years as a backing vocalist for all sorts of acts and then you finally get your big break yo record an album but the sounds you have … Continue reading

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THE CRETONES – Snap! Snap! – (Planet) – 1981

This is another record that has been hanging around for about twenty-five years and I think I haven't listened to it in about that time. I recall thinking it was good enough to keep but then subsequently it had a … Continue reading

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THE JIM CARROLL BAND – I Write Your Name – (Atlantic) – 1983

I have commented on Jim Carroll before. He was a fascinating character from New York’s New Wave scene. His music is both perceptive and attitude filled though sometimes it does not make for comfortable listening. Read my other comment for … Continue reading

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JOHN HIATT– Two Bit Monsters – (MCA) – 1980

I have quite a few John Hiatt albums but of the ones I have heard he hasn’t really “done it” for me. I do have this feeling that I should like him more. I feel that because I like what he … Continue reading

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THE FOOLS – Sold Out – (EMI) – 1980

Maybe I'll get some extra google hits if I quote artist and title in conjunction with yesterday's federal election in Australia? I had not heard of The Fools before but picked up the record because the sleeve made them look … Continue reading

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