Label: Bristol Archive Records - ARC155V • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Repress White • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk
The Cortinas. The release is limited to copies. The Cortinas soon built up a big local following, and a break came when the band supported The Stranglers at the fabled Roxy Club in Covent Garden on 22 January Things then moved quickly for the band. Heady stuff, but sadly, it was over all too soon. Click here to BUY. We used to practise at the back of Jer's Dad's shop". Nick recalls how it came to be: "Hugh Cornwell was staying at a friend of his' flat near the university, on holiday, and me and my girlfriend met him in the street.
This would have been in the summer of We started talking to him because we recognized him from seeing The Stranglers and hung out for the Kryptästhesie - Any Water Knows. I told him about the band. Later on, in January 77, he sent us a postcard asking us to play at the Roxy, so we rang up and said yes! I remember my mum telling me not to be too disappointed if people didn't like us The following year, after a poorly received album, the band were no more, but in they were unstoppable - simply one of the best first wave punk bands around.
Buy Now from iTunes. In even Bristol, home to The In The Flesh - Pink Floyd - The Wall (8-Track Cartridge, Album), never mind Plymouth, was not the accepted face of 'mint' Slow Down - The Cortinas - MK.1 is today.
If we weren't country bumpkins, we were middle-class twats and us girls well, we thought lines and mirrors were to do with washing and make up. What 'know it all' 23 year old Tone failed to predict was that class had nothing to do with being a punk, as the pedigrees of the past great punk bands now confirm.
If you'd been on a stage in '76 with 3 chords, no vocal ambition, angry lyrics and defiant pose, you were punks. The Cortinas were all that, their first gig was at our Youth Club and they were fantastic, I went to take the piss, what the hell was Jeremy Valentine doing fronting what I had assumed would probably be a cross between Jethro Tull and my piano lessons.
I was so wrong, I got it, this wasn't intense naval inspecting 'progressive' bollocks, this was stuff I understood. And this Live Album recorded in Plymouth sometime between those two gigs in '77 tells the story, you can't quite hear all the lyrics, well that was what it was like, and titles like We're Gonna Play in the Subway Today said it all, to us anyway, if not to Tony.
He took particular offence at Fascist Dictator, single released Junebecause 15 year Slow Down - The Cortinas - MK.1 Bristolians couldn't possibly understand the politics.
Hey maybe the Cortinas helped raise our consciousness ready for 'Rock against Racism' a few months later? For all their alleged youthful naivety, Van Morrison's Gloria is played just as intended, a teenage lust ridden 3 chord rock anthem, allowing Jeremy to ad lib, the emerging guitar talents of Nick Shepherd and Mike Fewins to let rip and the ability to copy the conceit, albeit tongue in cheek, of introducing band members If anyone accuses you of not knowing your Punk from your elbow slip this album on and they'll soon be gobbing all over you.
By late interest in The Cortinas was at its peak. They had released two singles on Miles Copeland's Step Forward label. They'd supported The Stranglers and headlined at the Roxy. Promoters had booked them with the caution befitting a punk reputation, which had been further guaranteed by Jeremy's photograph Slow Down - The Cortinas - MK.1 NME precariously close to the incident involving Shane MacGowan and the missing ear lobe.
It was time for an album; Miles who had Slow Down - The Cortinas - MK.1 finger in every punk pie going and was the king of the record deal gave them CBS. Please don't hit me comprises the demo tracks that secured the Cortinas the deal and consequently the album True Romances. And 'real' punk does still exist here; the critics argue it was lost on the album released after the band split. Please don't hit me disagrees: Youth Club Dance takes us back not only to their very first gig, but also to that non-relationship between words and music synonimus with the genre Tribe of the City was slated on the album, it is repetitive, never gets much beyond three notes, and as John Hamblett - NME says in his review uses 'sixth form philosophy ' Never able to shake off the schoolboy image, much was made of Mike Fewings and Dexter Dalwoods waif-like image and drummer Danny Swan was still just CBS used the bands age to counter criticism but did nothing to promote the album or further it's members careers.
Hamblett further suggested they'd either grow into fine young musicians- either that or Oxford Dons - well they did more or less, but he didn't manage to forsee the famous artist Dexter was to become. Whatever the verdict, you'll find Ask Mr Waverley' going round and round in your head for Get Funky (Sax Mix) - Black Machine - Get Funky after hearing it and if you remember him, you probably know the answer already or don't give a Valerie Singleton.
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