John The Postman’s Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll Five Skinners – Bent Records 1979

A Well Known Jewish Tune / Gloria

Senegal / Mahatma Ghandi’s Heartbreakers

A record with no artistic pretensions what so ever, more like, do bag loads of speed, get some booze in and have a laugh with the boys and see what comes out! No doubt various Not Sensibles and Fall members may have helped this recording get underway. The track Gloria I think has the ghost of Stirling Morrison playing a VU guitar line through it, and Senegal is certainly not Jeff Buckley but is great never the less.

John The Postman was infamous for hi-jacking the mic during early punk gigs (indeed the first ever punk gigs as we know them now outside London) in Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall and Electric Circus and no doubt any other music venue supporting punk music of 1976. After a while he actually went from stealing the mic to actually being invited to perform in his own right, and of course some nutter paid for him to go into a studio for at least two LP’s in the late 1970’s. This being the second LP. The first LP I do not own, but would like to, is called ‘Purile’.

  1. john
    March 2, 2008 at 2:10 am

    perry boys,i thought this was only a term regarding a cult of mancunian casual football hooligan types,didnt think it would be heard down in that london.
    they were a regular menace to us young punky people,we even took to coming into manchester very early am on saturdays for records etc,it got that bad,i think the air up here has a funny effect on some folk.
    good to hear marks red army!

  2. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    March 2, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Plenty of time Manchester hooli’s have been down in London John. Believe me they were spreading the word outside Manchester. Tottenham used to have proper battles with them. That’s how I know the name and thankfully have not heard it, like I say, for 25 + years! Gutted about the Arse drawing today. Wanted AV to hang on…THFC were a waste of time.

  3. john
    March 2, 2008 at 2:24 am

    one of my earliest memories on the concourse at the scoreboard end ,old trafford,(section for away fans) was seeing a few hundred thfc fans cause a right old rumpus,police horses,baton chatges etc and a great deal of noise and chaos.
    all quite amusing to a 12 year old

  4. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    March 2, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    But is it big and clever like taking drugs John? Should not really condone hooli action really. Still THFC used to have the best firm in London, well above the happy Hammers and Chelsea. MUFC hooli’s were massively hardcore down here (as in shops being steamed through).

  5. john
    March 2, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    no its not clever but standing around watching was sometimes entertaining,being on the recieving end though was very unentertaining.
    as for drugs you live and learn,well some didnt which is sad.

  6. Martin C
    Martin C
    April 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve got the 4 tracks from the Clockwork Criminals’ EP, happy to burn them for you if you’re still after them, but might take a few weeks as I’m moving flat and, sod’s law, the right CD-R’s probably at the bottom of a box. Not really like ‘Come Sunday’, but a great, abrasive, jangling, scraping, completely out of tune guitar sound

  7. Marijn
    April 18, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Hey guys,

    about the Armed Force 7″. i’ve got a copy with empty labels and no cover. is this a test press or am i just missing the cover? i remember seeing one which had just a white cover with black letters but i can’t remember anything about the label.


  8. Nic
    April 18, 2008 at 8:24 am

    My copy had the fold-over paper sleeve (with the text in black Letraset letters) and blank white labels, so it sounds like your copy may have lost the cover(?), Marijn…

    I wish I knew where my copy had gone – one of those mystery records that isn’t lent out or damaged, but just evaporates into thin air!

  9. johng
    April 18, 2008 at 9:58 am

    nic is correct,they all came in a fold around white sleeve.
    if you can find the cover its quite a collectors item these days,i saw it recentley going for £30 ,on vinyl on the net website.

  10. Marijn
    June 23, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    thanks guys, too bad for me! well, at least i can give it a spin!

  11. Bill Frater
    Bill Frater
    February 15, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Hi Nic, just read your piece on the Afflicted man, Just thought I’d point out, “Get Stoned Ezy” was actually recorded in Greenwich at the Woodwharf Studios, sadly demolished for flats.

    Steve has just recorded some new stuff, Check it out on youtube, link below.

    Good luck.

    There will be more songs on utube soon.

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