|TOM ROBINSON BAND
Camden Brecknock, London
THE RICH KIDS who have played two unannounced dates, one last night at the Vortex and another tonight opening for the Tom Robinson Band. These are the first concerts for ex-Pistol Matlock since being fired/leaving seven months back. The band was still one member short of their ideal line-up so they asked Mick Jones of the Clash to join them for the night. If you were there either night you would have heard "Burning Sounds," "Rich Kids," "No Lip," "I Ain't Hung Up On You," "I Think We're Alone Now" ( a Tom James '60s tune), "Empty Words," "Strange One" and finally their own version of "Pretty Vacant." The Rich Kids are Glen Matlock on bass & vocals, Steve New on guitar and Rusty Egan on drums. They're still looking for that magic fourth member. Glen had done some other secret gigs with ex-Slik popster Midge Ure, but claimed that it didn't work out. Midge didn't want to move down to London from Scotland but that was soon gonna change.
MIDGE URE has been living and playing within the confines of successful pop group Slik since '75 and is beginning to feel compressed, unable to do he wants to do. After two UK chart toppers in late '75 and early 76, Slik failed to recapture the success they once enjoyed. They certainly aren't rolling in the royalties they dreamed they would have either. Times have changed. It's now 1977 and this punk movement is where the excitement is, but they don't want to be seen as bandwagon jumpers. So, the members of Slik are hiding themselves under the name PVC 2. Midge Ore and Kenny Hyslop have written some songs and recorded three songs live on a two track tape deck. The finished 45 was released disguised under the name PVC 2 on local label Zoom Records. The three tracks on vinyl are "Pain," "Put You In The Picture" and "Deranged, Demented and Free."
Scottish punk was certainly starting to make a name for itself in the wake of the Rezillos and The Jolt. We now had new smaller bands making their presence felt one of these was THE VALVES who have their debut single released by the same label as PV.C.2 - Zoom Records in Edinburgh. Their 45 is "For Adolfs Only" and "Robot Love." They're very much like a Scottish version of the Ramones so some critics claim and don't take things too serious. The Valves are Dee Robot (aka Dave Robertson) on vocals, Teddy Dair on drums, Ronnie MacKinnon on lead guitar and Gordon Scott on bass. Label owner Brace Findlay is also acting as the distributor for the Dundee based label NRG who have out a new record called "Jerkin'" and "Push n" Shove" by the Drive.
are back in Wessex Studio doing more work on their forthcoming debut album.
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