underheralded gems from the (post-) punk era, v. 8

The Purple Hearts — “When I See You”

The casual, reckless emergence of the swastika in the UK punk scene made reference to generational conflict by way of The Third Reich: folks born in the 50s had had it with the greatest generation, and bristly appellations such as The Sex Pistols and London SS — the original name for the band formed by Mick Jones and Tony James, who left to form Generation X — emerged accordingly. (As many of you know: when Paul Simonon attended the London SS audition with Roland Hot, he was invited to try his hand at vocals, and butchered a version of The Modern Lovers’ “Road Runner.”)

The Purple Hearts,  though, were not mocking decorated war heroes, but celebrating a barbituate-amphetamine cocktail popular with the mods in the 1960s. Fittingly enough, The Purple Hearts got their start with an opening gig for The Buzzcocks, rode the wave of mod revival for a few years, and subsequently broke up, reformed, broke up and, in 2009, reformed once again. This track’s got some lovely harmony vocals, some nice breaks, great production, and groovy integral intensifiers!

Thanks again for checking in. Have a rockin’ good week!

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