Bristol Boys Make More Noise! Mods, Power Pop, Scooter Boys (1979 - 1987​)​-

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    "I love a subculture, particularly when the fashion sense is sharp and the music is full of youthful energy. Even better when it’s home grown in the provinces and not in London, then there is a feeling of authenticity and sense of place. That is exactly what is captured on this 21- track album ‘Bristol Boys Make More Noise’ released by Bristol Archive Records.

    From the jangly pop of Huw Gower’s ‘She’s Still a Mystery’ to the pop romanticism of Thin Air’s ‘A Thousand Burning Voices’ or my personal favourite, the fusion of ska and mod on Sky High’s ‘Maryanne’, this album is a testament to Bristol's mod/ power pop revival and those boys and girls who weren’t afraid to embrace diversity in their music".
    (Pauline Black (The Selecter) – Feb 2016)

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  • Signed copy of the book by MW Salter with limited edition poster and a copy of Mods, Power Pop, Scooter Boys (The Soundtrack) CD Plus download

    Like many young people in the mid 70s Michael Salter adopted punk as his protest against ‘no future’ politics, dreary chart music and the pomp and excess of prog rock. But as the punk sub-culture split and evolved, Salter and his friends moved away from the spiky haired shock tactics to the sharp-suited, 1960s retro-style of the mods.

    The mod revival embraced the music of 60s bands such as The Who and created new acts such as The Jam and Secret Affair. It also saw the revival of scooter clubs across the country.

    But as in the 60s when mods and rockers fought running battles, the mod revival was steeped in violence and Salter doesn’t pull his punches in recalling the violent scenes played out most nights at Steamers night club in the centre of Bristol or the suburban violence which saw mods being attacked and leading the attacks in and around the pubs of Kingswood, Downend and Winterbourne.

    Punks on Scooters is Salter’s autobiographical account of the fashion, music and violence of the mod revival. The book also includes appendices with pieces on The Newbeats and Colonel Kilgore’s Vietnamese Formation Surf Team and contributions by mod girl Eve Pearce, leading Bristol mod Geoff Rice, Steamers DJ Jerry Cripps and Jon Andrews of Bristol mod band Mayfair.

    Punks on Scooters is a collaboration between Tangent Books and Bristol Archive Records and accompanies the BAR CD Mods, Power Pop, Scooter Boys 1979-1987 (CAT NO: ARC287CD) www.bristolarchiverecords.com

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about

Bristol Archive Records have been telling the story of the incredibly diverse Bristol Music scene for several years now. The label has gained incredible success with their three previous releases ‘The Bristol Reggae Explosion’ series - Volume one, two and three covering 1978 to the end of the 80’s.

They followed the Reggae vibe with another critically acclaimed release, The Bristol Punk Explosion 1977-1983 which covered 1977 and The Cortinas through to Onslaught and the oncoming of Thrash Metal.

Now they turn their attention to another SUB CULTURE – Mods, Power Pop and Scooter Boys.

This album covers the period 1979 to 1987 and features 21 tracks. When punk rock started to fizzle out and Squat Punks started to appear on the streets, many of the UK’s disaffected youths had already moved sideways in Modernism and fell in love with bands like The Jam, Secret Affair and The Chords.

Mod was another gang culture, to some a way of life, to some it became life. The smart, striking fashion sense, the scooters, the music; (some from the 60’s, soul and motown), some from the 70’s and 80’s, guitar driven power pop. Wow, Mod was the real deal.

The West Country embraced the scene and produced its own Mod bands like Mayfair and The Newbeats. Other bands were in on the act but could be more appropriately described as Power Pop / Ska, namely The A.T’s from Bath, The Review from Clevedon and Sky High from Gloucester.

Success for some was supporting their heroes, a good example being Thin Air (previously called Out of Order) with their 14 year old guitarist and songwriter Paul Sandrone, who supported The Jam at The Locarno in 1980. Or The Rimshots, who played on the same bills as The Beat and The Bodysnatchers.

Most of the tracks on this album are previously unreleased or were issued on tiny runs of Limited 7” vinyl.

Some of our boys did make the grade though. Huw Gower with his band The Records, signing to Virgin in 1978 and had a number 56 Billboard Top 100 hit single with ‘Starry Eyes’, also playing on the same bills as the Jam. Huw recorded the track ‘She’s Still a Mystery immediately after he’d left The Records in 1981 with a big anthemic chorus, classic trademarks of The Who.

This album is a soundtrack to an era, remembering a period in time when Top of The Pops was full of Two Tone bands. Thatcherism was killing multi cultural Britain but to escape, it was ok to write a catchy pop song, it was ok to look smart and it was acceptable to wear a Parka (weirdly all the rage again now in the 2016).

The novel provisionally entitled ‘To Be Someone’ Bristol Mod 1979-1985 written by Michael W Salter will follow later in the year published by Bristol Archive Records and Tangent Books which tells the story of the Bristol Mod and Scooter Boy scene.

Mike Darby (Bristol Boys Make More Noise!) Jan 2016

credits

released April 1, 2016

1. The A.T’s Too Young Girl
Written by The A.T’s, Recorded in 1980, Demo version (Copyright Control)

2. Huw Gower She’s Still A Mystery
Written by Huw Gower, Recorded in 1981, Released on X- Disque Records (Bucks Music)

3. Thin Air A Thousand Burning Voices
Written by Paul Sandrone, Recorded in 1982, Previously Unreleased (Copyright Control)

4. The Rimshots Little Boys and Little Girls
Written by The Rimshots, Recorded in 1981, Released on Spectro Records (Chrysalis Music)

5. Mayfair Traffic
Written by Locomotion / Colledge, Recorded in 1980, Previously Unreleased (Copyright Control)

6. The Various Artists Weekends
Written by JJ Key, Recorded in 1981, Released on their own label (Copyright Control)

7. The Gross Club Second Chance
Written by AP Smith, Recorded in 1981, Released on Cave Man Records (Copyright Control)

8. Sky High Maryanne
Written by G Douglas, Recorded in 1981, Previously Unreleased (Copyright Control)

9. The Rimshots I Was Wrong
Written by The Rimshots, Recorded in 1980, Released on Shoc Wave Records (Archive Publishing Ltd)

10. Joe Public Hermans Back
Written by R Marche, Recorded in 1979, Released on Wavelength Records (Copyright Control)

11. The Review Englands Glory
Written by Mike Eagle, Recorded in 1980, Released on All The Madmen Records (Copyright Control)

12. Cass Carnaby Five November Rain
Written by Cass Carnaby Five, Recorded in 1985, Released on Maxwell Street Records (Copyright Control)

13. The Untouchables Keep Your Distance
Written by M Clements, Recorded in 1980, Released on Fried Egg Records (Copyright Control)

14. The Letters Nobody Loves Me
Written by Lodge, Recorded in 1980, Released on Heartbeat Records (Cherry Red Music)

15. The A.T’s Sand In My Face
Written by The A.T’s, Recorded in 1980, Demo version (Copyright Control)

16. Thin Air Sentry’s Life
Written by Paul Sandrone, Recorded in 1982, Previously Unreleased (Copyright Control)

17. The Newbeats Somebody’s Girl
Written by Baker / Dunn, Recorded in 1985, Previously Unreleased (Copyright Control)

18. Mayfair The Legend
Written by Locomotion / Colledge, Recorded in 1980, Previously Unreleased (Copyright Control)

19. The Review Fleet Street
Written by Mike Eagle, Recorded in 1979, Previously Unreleased (Copyright Control)

20. Blue Riverside Experiments in Colours (Live)
Written by T Ward (Published by Ay-Mark Music), Recorded in 1985, Previously Unreleased

21. Blue Riverside High Time Baby (Live)
Written by S Winwood, M Winwood, P York, S Davis, Recorded in 1985, Previously Unreleased

Thanks:
Mike Salter, Russ (The A.T’s), Huw Gower (NYC), Paul Sandrone, Phil Ollerenshaw, Bill Waine (Thin Air), Fuzz, Nick, Bantler, Simon (The Rimshots), Jon Andrews (Mayfair), Jonjo (The V.A’s), Adrian Smith (Gross Club), George Douglas (Sky High), Rob Marche (Joe Public), Mike Eagle (The Review), Andy Baker (The Newbeats), Marcus Clements (The Untouchables), Andy Leighton, Simon Edwards, Nick Darby, Barb Darby, Martin Langford, Steve Street, Sam Giles and Gene Walsh

(p)&© Bristol Archive Records 2016

All recordings licenced to Bristol Archive Records by the artists or the original labels
All Rights Reserved.

Artwork by Nicholas Darby www.nicholasdarby.co.uk

Album compiled by Mike Darby with assistance from Mike W Salter

Mastered by Steve Street

www.bristolarchiverecords.com
Email: info@bristolarchiverecords.com

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