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SPIZZENERGI Where’s Captain Kirk? 7″ EP vinyl on Rough Trade 1979

SPIZZENERGI Where’s Captain Kirk? 7″ EP vinyl on Rough Trade 1979
CONDITION: Sleeve is in remarkably good condition with very little marking. Vinyl appears unplayed! VG++

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Spizzenergi was a late 1970s English punk / new wave band led by vocalist / guitarist Spizz (real name Kenneth Spiers). The band changed its name several times during its existence, alternate names including Spizzoil and Athletico Spizz 80. They are notable as the first band to sign to Rough Trade Records[1] and the first to top the newly created UK Indie Chart early in 1980.[2] However, they were perhaps best known for their single “Where’s Captain Kirk?” More than two decades after its release, it was included in Mojo magazine’s list of the best punk rock singles of all time.

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THE MEMBERS Sound of the Suburbs 7″ EP clear vinyl with picture sleeve on Virgin Records 1979

THE MEMBERS Sound of the Suburbs 7″ EP clear vinyl with picture sleeve on Virgin Records 1979
CONDITION: Sleeve has some ring wear and wear around the top. Vinyl has been cleaned, but may have surface noise. G

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The Members are a British punk rock / punk-reggae band that originated in Camberley, England. Its best known recording is The Sound of the Suburbs (1979).

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The CLASH “Fought the Law” 7″ 45 Jukebox Vinyl Record 1979

The CLASH “Fought the Law” 7″ 45 Jukebox Vinyl Record 1979
CONDITION: Excellent condition with light surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks very nice. VG+

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The Clash were an English rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk rock. Along with punk rock, they experimented with reggae, ska, dub, funk, rap and rockabilly. For most of their recording career, The Clash consisted of Joe Strummer (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Mick Jones (lead guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals) and Nicky “Topper” Headon (drums, percussion). Headon left the group in 1982, and internal friction led to Jones’s departure the following year. The group continued with new members, but finally disbanded in early 1986.

The Clash were a major success in the UK from the release of their debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in the UK in December 1979, brought them popularity in the United States when it came out there the following month. It received wide critical acclaim; a decade later Rolling Stone magazine declared it the best album of the 1980s.

The Clash’s politicised lyrics, musical experimentation, and rebellious attitude had a far-reaching influence on rock, alternative rock in particular. They became widely referred to as “The Only Band That Matters”, originally a promotional slogan introduced by the group’s record label, CBS. In January 2003 the band—including original drummer Terry Chimes—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked The Clash number 30 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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BUZZCOCKS “Singles Going Steady” 12″ LP Vinyl Record 1979 IRS Records

BUZZCOCKS “Singles Going Steady” 12″ LP Vinyl Record 1979 IRS Records
CONDITION: Good condition. Light surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks great, last two songs on side B have a surface scratch that causes some surface noise, but no skips. G++

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Buzzcocks are an English punk band formed in Bolton in 1976, led by singer–songwriter–guitarist Pete Shelley.

They are regarded as an important influence on the Manchester music scene, the independent record label movement, punk rock,power pop, pop punk and indie rock.  They achieved commercial success with singles that fused pop craftsmanship with rapid-fire punk energy. These singles were collected on Singles Going Steady, described by critic Ned Raggett as a “punk masterpiece”. The widely covered “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)” remains one of their best-known songs.

The name “Buzzcocks” was chosen by Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley after reading the headline “it’s the buzz, cocks!” in a review of the TV series Rock Follies in Time Out magazine. The “buzz” is the excitement of playing on stage; “cock” is Manchester slang meaning “mate” (as in friend / buddy). They thought it captured the excitement of the Sex Pistols and nascent punk scene.

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SANTANA “Marathon” 12″ LP Vinyl CBS 1979

SANTANA “Marathon” 12″ LP Vinyl CBS 1979
CONDITION: Great condition. Light surface wear on sleeve and vinyl. VG

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The band was formed in 1966 in San Francisco. The first members were Carlos Santana (lead guitar), Tom Fraser (rhythm guitar), Mike Carabello (percussion), Rod Harper (drums & percussion), Gus Rodriguez (bass guitar) and Gregg Rolie (lead vocals & keyboards). In the following years the members of the group changed frequently for a number of reasons, and from 1971 to 1972 there was a brief separation between the group and Santana.

Santana himself rarely sings in his songs despite being the leader of the band and recent hits have been frequently accompanied by a guest singer, rather than the members of the band.

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Van Halen “II” 12″ LP Vinyl Warner Bros Records 1979

Van Halen “II” 12″ LP Vinyl Warner Bros Records 1979
CONDITION: Great condition. Medium surface wear on sleeve. Vinyl looks great with only light surface wear!

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Van Halen is a hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California in 1972. They enjoyed success from the release of their self titled debut album in 1978. As of 2007 Van Halen has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and have had the most number one hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. During the 1980s they also had more Billboard Hot 100 hits than any other hard rock or heavy metal band. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Van Halen is the 20th best selling band/artist of all time with sales of over 56 million albums in the USA and is one of five rock bands that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the USA. In 2008 they became one of the best paid acts in the world.

In addition to being recognized for success, the band is known for the drama surrounding the exits of former members. The (multiple) exits of singers David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar were surrounded in controversy and mass press coverage with various contrasting press statements between them and the band. More recently, Michael Anthony was kicked out of the band for controversial reasons. Following their 2004 concert tour the band was on a hiatus from the public until September 2006, when new bassist Wolfgang Van Halen’s place was confirmed and Roth-reunion rumors began to re-surface coinciding with the band’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on March 12, 2007. After years of speculation, Van Halen began a tour with Roth in late 2007 across North America. The tour continued into 2008. An album was proposed to follow. Along with this, a live tour DVD was announced at their May 13, 2008 concert at the Izod Center that would contain recordings from several performances on their current tour.

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THE BOOMTOWN RATS “The Fine Art of Surfacing” 12″ LP Vinyl Record 1979

THE BOOMTOWN RATS “The Fine Art of Surfacing” 12″ LP Vinyl Record 1979
CONDITION: Great condition. Light surface wear on sleeve and Vinyl. VG

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The group moved to London in October 1976, and became associated with the punk rock movement. Signing a recording contract with Ensign Records, they released their debut single, “Looking After No.1”, in August 1977. It was the first of nine straight singles to make the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album, The Boomtown Rats, was released in September 1977, on Ensign in the UK and on Mercury Records in the United States, and featured another single, “Mary of the 4th Form”. As music journalist, Martin C. Strong noted, “Geldof’s moody charisma helped to give the band a distinct identity”.

The Rats’ second album, A Tonic for the Troops, appeared in June 1978 in the UK. It featured three hit singles, “Like Clockwork”, “She’s So Modern” and “Rat Trap”. A Tonic for the Troops was released in the U.S. on Columbia in February 1979, with two tracks from The Boomtown Rats substituted for tracks on the UK version. Mutt Lange produced “Rat Trap”, which became the first rock song by an Irish band to reach #1 in the UK, and the first of any description by an Irish band to top the official chart used by the BBC. (The Bachelors had topped the Record Retailer chart in 1964 with “Diane”, but only reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart). In addition, “Rat Trap” was also the first new wave song to claim the number one spot.

In 1979, “I Don’t Like Mondays”, was released. This was written in response to a school shooting in California by Brenda Ann Spencer, and also reached #1 in the UK. It was a worldwide hit, with the glaring exception being the United States. Fears of lawsuits and charges of bad taste kept radio stations there from playing the record. The unofficial boycott was frontpage news in Variety Magazine, the only time the Boomtown Rats earned such prominent coverage. However, it was included in The Fine Art of Surfacing, the band’s third album, and subsequently became the band’s only U.S. Billboard Hot 100 entry. The album also contained “Diamond Smiles” and their next Top 10 hit in the UK, “Someone’s Looking at You”. Geldof and Fingers became the visual and musical focus of the group: Geldof with his articulate, caustic wit – which made him the delight of television talk show presenters and the bitter enemy of music journalists – and Fingers with the striped pyjamas he wore onstage.

In 1980 “Banana Republic” was released, which was their last Top 10 hit, and in the following year The Boomtown Rats next studio album Mondo Bongo was issued. “Banana Republic” savaged their native Ireland, the “septic isle screaming in a suffering sea”, according to the Guinness Rockopedia.

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