Saturday, 2 July 2016

THE LAST WORDS - s/t LP 1980

This nugget is a damn highlight on vinyl in my opinion, the only full length by the Last Words - an early punk band from Sydney/Australia - which was released via Armageddon records. They played + recorded in Sydney and London from 1977 to 1980. The band comprised Malcolm Baxter (vocals), Andy Groome (guitar), Leigh Kendall (bass) and John Gunn (drums). The band's first single, 'Animal World' had a cult following. The band were among the first who experiment with dub music, recording with Adrian Sherwood in 1980. Discover thirteen excellent mid-tempo punk tunes with dirty guitars, clean voice, simple chords and in an reasonable length and so should punk sounding, it must not always fast & aggressive... the absolute killer track at the end of the record is the circa nine minute cover of Jefferson Airplane's 'White Rabbit', simply delicious, you must listen to this... Perhaps to mention: In 1979 Kendall played guitar on the Punks Are The Old Farts Of Today EP (Rock-O-Rama Records RRR 001) by German punx Vomit Visions (could post it if anyone is interested) beginning a series of collaborations between members of the two bands... real obliquely! Well, enough useless words. Interesting: a retrospective album called The Last Words 1977-1980 was released in 2007 on Retro Records.


3 comments:

  1. post Vomit Visions PLEASE!!!

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  2. Thanks for this one! Armageddon was a truly interesting record label, and I love to hear anything associated with Adrian Sherwood, so I'm looking forward to hearing the Last Words.

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  3. Please post that Vomit Visions release. Very interested!

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