1. Nic
    December 20, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Great, great, great!
    Fuck Off Reckords / Tapes were very inspirational for me: the whole ethos (and the mangled aesthetic)…
    I still have quite a few of the tapes, along with things like the Androids of Mu demos, Blank Space demos, and so on…a very inspiratinal little scene where the ‘lifestylism’ of the Hippies met the urban political scene along with quite a few substances, I would imagine 😉 )…
    Years later, an old friend of mine toured with World Domination Enterprises (and Loop): Keith was a fiend on the guitar…

    I have just written the ‘Epiphany’ section for the January 2008 issue of The Wire magazine on the first Crass single but Fuck Off Reckords gets an honourable mention because of the ‘Back to Sing for Free Again Soon’ tape…

    Incidentally, these postings set me off roaming around the nookienet when I came across this little snippet:
    ” (Stonehenge 1978) I also saw The Mob, a very rough punk band from Yeovil. The drummer did some of the singing and the frontman had a cheapo black Arbiter guitar exactly like mine…they were awful.”…
    Blimey – don’t tell Alastair, he’ll go ballistic! 😉

    (I also found that Gross Catastrophe and Vince Pie and the Crumbs played at Stonehenge in 1979, on the same day as Crass and Poison Girls managed to play)…

  2. Nuzz
    December 20, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Errm! were there 2 versions of this released? The reason being is that I did have this, years ago, and from what I remember the cover was different, and also I downloaded a copy earlier this year from a blog (can’t remember which one) and it’s got a completely different tracklisting, different Mob, Astronauts, Tasmin Smyth tunes among others and some different bands Eduado Brylcreme, Working Men for example. This tape also goes by the name Folk in Hell, wish I still had my copy, the only surviving one i’ve got is Music For Pressure – The Greatest Hits. If Penguin don’t post it I’ll stick it up on my blog in the new year.

  3. Nic
    December 20, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Yeah, you’re right, Nuzz!

    Here’s the tracklist for the tape you have:
    A Pencil advertiser
    Instant Automatons – Gillian
    No Comment – think
    Mob – slayed
    Astronauts – behave
    Androids – cityscape
    Steve Lake – dancin
    Eduardo Brylcreme – my gal
    Murphy Fed – green apples
    Mark Perry – take it easy
    Sir Alias – A is for artist
    Tasmin Smythe – beat
    Working Men – Owd yowe
    Here & Now – nudge up
    Mic Woods – dreaming
    Blue Midnight – infidelity
    Impossible Dreamers – I woke

    Some similar selections, and some different…I had the version which penguin put up here, so I’ve not heard the one that you had…

    Any chance you could put up the copy you downloaded on your blog?

    (and how about some Verbal Abuse scans? 🙂 )

  4. Nuzz
    December 20, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    Hey, that’s good Nic, thought i’d gone completely mad, instead of partially, yeah I’ll post the other one, was thinking about it when typing the reply, cos I really loved that tape, which If memory serves me correctly is why I aint got it, seem to remember it getting chewed up and snapping, yeah I should scan some Verbal Abuses, I’m missing a couple of the latter ones, which has pissed me off, cos one had a Billy Bragg interview in were i’d done a drawing of him with a rather large nose, I sent him a copy and he wrote back commenting on it. I’ve still got that but can’t find the fucking fanzine, would have made a good post for the blog. Shit started rambling…………..

  5. edu
    December 20, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    all this music should be rediscovered by new generations….
    and it would be great to do some kind of compilation or reissue of f.o. stuff…. or maybe is it better to remain in the closet? no idea, but thanks to this blog i’ve been downloading so much great music. keep on doing so nice a job 🙂

    all the best from spain

  6. alistairliv
    December 23, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Nic mentions the Mob at Stonehenge … thought I recognised the quote and then remembered I used it in the sleeve notes to ‘May inspire revolutionary acts’ (the Tibetans being Tibetan Ukrainian Mountain Troupe who squatted an old bus garage near Brougham Road in 1982ish):

    I don’t know how far the ‘Tibetans’ inspired Mark. The Mob were already part of the Stonehenge traveller scene. They played at the festival several times from 1978 onwards as this mention from


    shows. “I also saw The Mob, a very rough punk band from Yeovil. The drummer did some of the singing and the frontman had a cheapo black Arbiter guitar exactly like mine…they were awful.”

    AL Puppy

  7. alistairliv
    December 23, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Just looked at


    again, it is a great archive of tales of Stonehenge, and mentions Crass and the Pop Group as well as the Mob – who played there in 1978 according to the above quote- plus lots of photos. Which cross-references with our KYPP Stonehenge photos and of course the plot of KYPP 6.

    Would say more, but difficult to see to tpye tihs alone in in a darkened room with a wee bit hungover daughter who gets grumpy if I turn on the lights. Would say ‘Pah, teenagers’ except she is nearly 21… she and mates had a party last night. Had to tidy up a whole crate of unopened cans of Carlsberg this morning. Stashed it in a cupboard in case of an emergency over Exmas.

    AL Puppy

  8. alistairliv
    December 23, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    PS Edu above says “all this music should be rediscovered by new generations….”

    I offered to play some gems from KYPP online to the youthful hordes last night, but they weren’t interested.

    The little (and not so little, young AL is six foot tall) swines played a triple cd compilation of ‘Now Thats What I Call Christmas Hits’ until I had to leave the room.

    AL ‘Christmas? -Bah Humbug ‘ Puppy

  9. Nuzz
    December 23, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    I dunno Al, the yoof of today.

  10. edu
    December 24, 2007 at 1:41 am

    gosh, i can’t understand why youth of today is not interested in this music at all 🙁 it still sounds incredibly fresh after almost 30 years ago!!

    but most important, you can see it was true and made with heart music… and all the things made with heart can’t be bad and last forever.

    love and merry christmas.

  11. elizabeth
    April 11, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    dont worry . the youth of today will know soon enough .

  12. Nic
    April 12, 2008 at 10:54 am

    I enjoyed looking at the art on your blog, Beth: the combination of line drawing and collage is very effective…

    Keep blasting the Petticoats!

  13. The Pheromoans(band)
    The Pheromoans(band)
    June 6, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    have been discovering this stuff(street level,FOR) over the last couple of years, and must say it comfortably pisses over any notion of current DIY that exists nowadays. great blog! thanks for making this stuff available!

  14. vince pie
    vince pie
    February 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    we did indeed play at stonehenge as stated above and on the festival site, which is great as you can [if you attended certain bashes] find out who played etc, because i could never remember! the above cassette was done twice and the crumbs track was infact eduardo brylcreme, who were a later version of the crumbs, with a few personnel tweeks. the tapes and vinyl were one side of the street level coin, the other was the weekly idiot ballroom at the clarendon [now gone] which ran for about a year. this was a cracking mix, all the favorite s.l. bands plus jugglers, fire eaters, tap dancers, poets, talent shows etc. the last knockings of this was a tour of festivals etc in france. the exact year escapes me. i have posted a few tid bits regarding the aforementioned on the vince pie myspace site, in the my pics section, plus a review from a music paper of an idiot ballroom caper. pies and love. vince.

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