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The Bristol Punk Explosion

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20 Tracks (7 Tracks never released before), 16 page booklet, 4000 word sleeve notes by Shane Baldwin. Featuring The Cortinas, The Pigs, The X-Certs, Onslaught and covering the whole Bristol punk scene from 1977 to 1983

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Released 14th June 2010
Cat No. ARC154CD

 

 

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The Best Of Fried Egg Records (Bristol1979-1980)

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Compilation album from the Bristol Label featuring 20 Stunning Tracks and a rare Electric Guitars demo

Featuring Shoes For Industry, Art Objects, The Various Artists and The Stingrays plus much more…

 

 

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Released 2010
Cat No. ARC119CD

 

 

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RIP – BEN HUNT

Here’s an extract from The Primates biography:

And so all too soon The Primates upped instruments and followed the road to London, partly in that ambitious career gambit to ‘make it’, more basically though just to keep the band together, because Jon Shennan was beginning a degree course at London Bedford College in Regents Park.

So the first weeks of Jon’s illustrious academic career were aided and abetted by Johnny, JJ and notorious pal BEN HUNT all sharing Jon’s college room near Regents Park. Not a charming proposition, really, and cue here many dark tales of unspeakable poverty, cheerful hedonism and general degeneracy in a room for one shared by four.

The Primates managed little from that point on…some London connections got made, Bernie Rhodes remained a friend; various gigs were played – support slots, mostly, to bands like Generation X at The Vortex…hardly the pinnacle of rock’n’roll.

Simply hanging out at the famed Clash rehearsal space was also an achievement of its own. The glamour of the place, in all of its dank Victorian squalor, is hard to describe, hard to understand, but it had a glamour nevertheless, and inspired Johnny, for one, towards the life in rock’n’roll that he subsequently took.

But all too soon, game for a laugh as our heroes may have been, the abject poverty and slow progress of band promotion got the better of all concerned and Johnny and JJ returned to Bristol at the end of 1977 and The Primates were no more.

Life went on for all three of our heroes and both Johnny and Jon played in many later bands, initially Bristol-connected and then farther afield.

Johnny joined Bristol punks The Media, then formed The Tesco Chainstore Massacre and The Spics, subsequently moving to London to tour with Orange Juice and then launched a solo career managed by Bernie Rhodes. Johnny Britton is a legend in his own lunchtime, a man of a thousand stories and the subject of a biography to come…

Jon Shennan also joined The Spics and added a brilliant individuality to every band he worked with. Jon’s left-handed bass-playing and genuinely emotive voice gave a definite ring of Macca to him and the last time Johnny recalls seeing Jon was when he dropped round to his London flat in the late ‘eighties to ask if there was a Beatles wig he could borrow because he was about to audition for The Bootleg Beatles…

And JJ, turned himself into a genuine party legend, sadly now not a living one, and he is missed…
Taken from: http://www.bristolarchiverecords.com/…/The_Primates_Bio.html

 

 

Western Stars The Bands That Built Bristol Vol 1

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Compilation album with 13 Tracks (1978 – 1980) featuring Apartment, Glaxobabies, Talisman and Essential Bop plus much more…

Tracklisting:
  1. GLAXOBABIES – THIS IS YOUR LIFE
  2. GARDEZ DARKX – BLISS
  3. THE SPICS – YOU AND ME
  4. THE NUMBERS – ALTERNATIVE SUICIDE
  5. ELECTRIC GUITARS – CONTINENTAL SHELF
  6. APARTMENT – THE CAR
  7. SHOES FOR INDUSTRY – THE INVASION OF THE FRENCH BOYFRIENDS
  8. ESSENTIAL BOP – RAIDERS BLUES
  9. FISHFOOD – THE MODERN DANCE CRAZE
  10. ART OBJECTS – HARD OBJECTS
  11. VARIOUS ARTISTS – TIME OF MY LIFE
  12. TALISMAN – DOLE AGE (EXTENDED VERSION)

 

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Released 2001
Cat No. ARC001

 

 

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