Wasted Youth – Live LP – Wasted Youth Records 1982

Paris, France / Somethings Going Wrong / Housewife / Hare Krisna / Maybe We’ll Die With Them

Little Jack / I Can’t Come / Charlie And Harry / Do The Caveman / Sister Ray

Was going to put up the first LP, then saw it was available on CD so I didn’t. Will have to settle for this live set, It was recorded at The Bridge House in Canning Town, London E16, sometime in early 1982, and was released by Bridge House Records on the band’s own imprint due to it’s ‘bootleg’ quality. The band was active from 1979, performing both material and having an image with a definite Velvet Underground influence. At this stage the band sported Mo Tucker or Stirling Morrison type haircuts and dressed in black with wrap round shades on!

Another huge influence on the sound was The Only Ones, a band which included Peter Perrett who produced Wasted Youth for the sessions which spawned the second single ‘I’ll Remember You’. The Only Ones also took the band on tour in 1980. Wasted Youth lasted a little over three years from inception, until a gig at the Venue in Victoria, London SW1, late 1982. They were capable of recording some great singles (now collected and available on a Jungle Records CD) and of course one great studio LP ‘ Wild And Wondering’. The guitarist went on to play for Flesh For Lulu, who were to become popular in the then relatively infant ‘gothic’ scene. The first single by Wasted Youth is on this site somewhere if you use the search function. I am hesitant to put more on because of the Jungle CD. Some good material on this LP including ‘Charlie and Harry’ which is is an immense track.

Bridge House Records Site

  1. Tony Puppy
    Tony Puppy
    January 11, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    This is excellent.

    The song Charlie and Harry segues into a song called Survivors, which was one of their album tracks. I think.

    Or was the whole thing eventually called Survivors Pts 1 and 2?

    Either way it is a great song. And I’ve had it echoing around in my head for 20 odd years, but only now have I realised where the phrases have come from.

  2. Tony Puppy
    Tony Puppy
    January 12, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Only thing missing from this live set is ‘Wish I Was A Girl’ – a masterpiece.

  3. Nuzz
    January 12, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Great stuff. Anyone see Rocco on the Channel 4 series about him and his gilfriend moving to Spain, sad but slightly funny.

  4. alistairliv
    January 12, 2008 at 10:25 am

    “Wish I was a Girl” also title of song on Pink Fairies album Kings of Oblivion. I kept the sleeve of the Youths ‘Wild and Wondering’ album for years in the vauge hope it might attract (by sympathetic magic) the album itself…but it never did.

    So I can’t remember if the Pink Fairies and Wasted Youth songs were the same or different. Different I suspect.

    I had a tape of the Wasted Youth album tho’ – very definite Velvet Underground (Sister Ray) feel to it. Bit dubious on the clean living anarcho-puritan front though… charlie and harry are good friends of mine. Hmm.

  5. Automatic
    July 27, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Hi there..just googled across this page..fantastic stuff, listening to Nottingham Rock City WY boot as I type, thought I’d have a look to see what’s available. Have this live album on vinyl ofcourse, but this saves a lot of hassle. Thanks for sharing, take care.

  6. Nick Nico
    Nick Nico
    September 25, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    Hey guys…. I played keyboards in W Y and would like to thank you all for remembering us in a kind way .Tony mate your almost right, Charley & Harry was the original name of the track but for some reason when it appeared on the album we changed it’s name to Survivers ,probably because we’d gotten quite a druggy rep by then (perfectly deserved) and didn’t want to rub it in .
    Our ‘I Wish’ etc was a different song from the excellent Pink Fairies’ track though they were an influence on us.You can find most of our stuff on You Tube so check it out.Oh & Automatic i’d love a copy of that Rock City gig ,I remember it very well ,the sign had been changed to read Ruck City and the place was half full of skinheads who thought they were coming to see a kind of Oi-punk band ,they warmed to us eventually though.
    All the best people & let’s keep music real.

  7. Nick Nico
    Nick Nico
    September 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    ps Sorry i forgot ,the lps are on Spotify now as well.

  8. Nick Nico
    Nick Nico
    September 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Sorry Automatic our ex roadie Tom has just informed me that i got that Rock City gig confused with one that we did at Middlesborough Rock Garden .I’d still very much like to get a copy ,though i’ve no idea how we’d work it out without giving all & sundry our info.

  9. terence
    September 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

    All wasted youth recordings can be obtained from our web site go to shop open it up,Thank everyone for kind words regarding the band,they never achieved what they should have,but thats how it goes,we had some really great gigs from them which we have on DVD,so we can always look back and remember,R.I.P John McGeady.road manager and Mick Atkins first guitarist,

  10. terence
    September 30, 2011 at 11:47 am

    to Nick Nico make contact Nick be good to talk Terry M

  11. Terence Murphy
    Terence Murphy
    October 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Bridge House Records have just released a Live Gerry McAvoy Jam,session at the Bridge in 1979 Stevie Smith,vocals harp,Steve Waller Vocals Ted McKenna Drums Brendan O`Niel percussion,Mick Eaves and McCathy brass
    it was recorded on a 16 track mobile so it a good sound,go to our Web site and go to shop,all these guys were in the Rory Gallagher band and play now in Nine below Zero band

  12. Lee Drury
    Lee Drury
    October 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Hello Nick, I remember the Rock City gig well. Garry Bushell had been bigging up the Bridgehouse bands in Sounds and trying to create a new movement. We all turned up at the gig and I spent all night explaining that there was no Oi movement, not at that time anyway! It happened on the strength of a lot of made up press and one band, the Rejects. The pen is truly mightier than the sword!
    Was that the night when we broke down on the way home and met Gary Glitter in the Watford Gap?

  13. Loopy Lou
    Loopy Lou
    November 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Great to hear all this stuff again…makes the years all squeeze up together and yesterday becomes yesteryear!

  14. Nick Nico now Nick Cyanide
    Nick Nico now Nick Cyanide
    July 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Hey Loopy Lou, are you THE Loopy Lou ? If so I owe you a sincere apology. You’ll know why. Hope you & your family are well, all the very best, Nick

  15. terence Murphy
    terence Murphy
    November 24, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Sad news again my dear Son Darren the founded member and bass player in wasted youth has passed away a few months ago He fought till the end but the dreaded cancer killed him he was 50 years old with a wife and 3 children.there was over a thousand mourners at his funeral.and at the get together after many Wasted youth songs were played and more tears when we showed the DVD of the band that was recorded at the Bridge House iGreat Memories rest in peace Darren x

  16. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    November 28, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Very sorry to read this Terry. All the very best to you at this difficult time.

  17. Automatic
    December 27, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Hiya Nick (Nico and/or Cyanide)..lagging in my reading..if still interested send me a mail. As to confuse any harvesting bots, first part of e-mail addy is “stahr”, after that a period as in dot “.”, after that the word “phucre”. Then ye olde atsign “@” followed by gmail.com.

  18. Nick Cyanide
    Nick Cyanide
    February 23, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Hello Terry ,
    I was sorry to hear about Darren , as i’m sure you know we were mates at primary school, drifted apart a bit in St Bons and met up again during the punk days and then into the Wasted Youth years.We had some incredible times together and he will always be a huge part of my life -memories .I apologise that I wasn’t able to attend his funeral, I had to accompany my Dad to a hospital app.,but was there in my thoughts.He was a special person.

  19. Nick Cyanide
    Nick Cyanide
    February 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Hello Automatic
    I’ve attempted to mail you ,fingers crossed

  20. Automatic
    February 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Hiya Nick, you (should) have mail.

  21. terence Murphy
    terence Murphy
    June 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Good this blob is still in action,nice to hear from Nick cyanide,great name not. As good as Nico?

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