underheralded gems from the (post-) punk era, v. 3

Thanks again for tuning in. I’ve updated the site pages, and clarified what I’m hoping to do with this site. The new goal: deliver something substantial every Sunday, and unearth a mid-week gem from the depths of YouTube or elsewhere.

Once again, I’m relying on George Gimarc’s amazing Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter’s Guide to Underground Rock, 1970-1982, and this week I tacked back 33 and 1/3 years, to learn that The Photos signed their first contract on 1 Oct 1979. The Evesham quartet put together a host of fun tunes over the next few years, including “Irene,” from their 1980 EP (or double-single), which made it to 56 in the UK. Their self-titled debut LP went top 5 in the UK (so not completely unheralded), but they had no traction in the US — here’s the link to their top 20 YouTube clips.

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