Just a Bad Dream: Sixty British Garage & Trash Nuggets 1981-1989

Just a Bad Dream: Sixty British Garage & Trash Nuggets 1981-1989

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Overview

The underground U.K. music scene of the early '80s was dominated by post-punk and new wave, but percolating below the surface were several scenes that looked back to the past for inspiration. Loads of bands were besotted by the garage punk sound of the mid-'60s, the rockabilly sound of the '50s, and the '60s mod scene, and when they filtered it through punk it came out sounding trashy more often than not. Cherry Red's Just a Bad Dream: Sixty British Garage & Trash Nuggets 1981-1989 gathers up the various threads of this very loosely defined scene, and over three discs does a fine job of capturing the raucous sounds of the era. Chief early movers on the scene were the raw beat group lovers Thee Milkshakes, jumped-up mods the Prisoners, the garage-meets-surf Stingrays, and psychobilly wildmen the Meteors, and they are all represented. All the sounds that were scuttling through the underbelly are represented nicely by well-chosen tracks. There are loads of psychobilly, mod, and garage rock with some truly inspired revivalists behind the mikes. Anything with Lenny Helsing involved is sure to be great -- tracks here by the Green Telescope ("A Glimpse") and the Thanes ("Don't Let Her Dark Your Door") are highlights. The same with the man who is the poster child for the scene, Billy Childish. Along with Thee Milkshakes, there are plenty of Childish-related bands on hand, including the Delmonas with their great early girl group-inspired "He Tells Me He Loves Me" and Thee Mighty Caesars' "Little by Little." During this early part of the era covered by the set, Alan McGee's Creation Records dipped into psych and garage in their early days, with the Jesus and Mary Chain's brilliant cover of Syd Barrett's "Vegetable Man" and the Jasmine Minks' rollicking "What's Happening" on hand to inject some noise pop into the proceedings. The three discs are filled with fun romps like Ug and the Cavemen's silly "Go Gorilla," slick rockers like the Tall Boys' "Ride This Torpedo," swirling psych-pop like the Delmontes' "So It's Not to Be," and the Wolfhounds' howling punk blast "LA Juice." The wide scope of the bands gives an idea of how wide-ranging and diverse the scene was, even within its narrow confines. Only a few duds here and there as well as some dodgy moments of misogyny that could have been skipped keep this from being a classic box set. As it stands, it's merely great, which should be enough to inspire some serious revisitation of an era that was unique and produced a lot of wild and swinging sounds.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2018
Label: Cherry Red
UPC: 5013929106307
catalogNumber: 9106307
Rank: 32383

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Technical Credits

Tiny Bradshaw   Composer
Syd Barrett   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Billy Childish   Composer
Paul Clark   Composer
Dewey Terry   Composer
David Callahan   Composer
Simon Carmody   Composer
Chris Coyne   Composer
Peter Coyne   Composer
Don "Sugarcane" Harris   Composer
Andrew Innes   Composer
Mark Matthews   Composer
Sterling Morrison   Composer
Richard Smith   Composer
Dave Vanian   Composer
Robin Wills   Composer
Biff Bang Pow!   Composer
Simon Cohen   Composer
Alec Palao   Composer
Roman Jugg   Composer
Bryn Merrick   Composer
Bob Nolan   Composer
Jurgen Peter   Composer
Unholy Trinity   Composer
P. Paul Fenech   Composer
Mike Spenser   Composer
Mild Mannered Janitors   Composer
Miles Aldridge   Composer
Nigel Lewis   Composer
Lois Mann   Composer
Peter Maurice   Composer
Mario Roccuzzo   Composer
Peter Staines   Composer
Graham Day   Composer
Alun Jones   Composer
Del Bartle   Composer
Michael Rooney   Composer
Delmontes   Composer
Lloyd Tripp   Composer
Andy Golding   Composer
Andy Bolton   Composer
Bob Burgess   Composer
Tony McMillan   Composer
Sexton Ming   Composer
Vince Taylor   Composer
Robert Collins   Composer
Lenny Helsing   Composer
Aardvarks   Composer
Jack Packer   Composer
Michael James   Composer
Alan McLean   Composer
Surfadelics   Composer
Matt Hobbs   Composer
Marionette   Composer
Mick Hampshire   Composer
Keith Wyatt   Composer
Mark Steadman   Composer
Christopher Millar   Composer
Bob Mosher   Composer
Mark Cole   Composer
Tony McKormack   Composer
Jim Shepherd   Composer
Peter Dodson   Composer
Jack Marshall   Composer
Mark Storey   Composer
Moe Tucker   Composer
Margin of Sanity   Composer
Emptifish   Composer
Warren Grech   Composer
Carl Edwards   Composer
Simon Palastanga   Composer
Richard Scurrah   Composer
Simon Redfern   Composer
Gary Marston   Composer
Gary Boniface   Composer
Tom Dalpra   Composer
David "Mitch" Mitchell   Composer
Tony Bernstein   Composer
Ken Lupton   Composer
Mark Lee   Composer
Barry Lancaster   Composer
Simon Harvey   Composer
Mick Murphy   Composer

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