!Action Pact! - Mercury Theatre - On The Air!
Original Release Date
UK LP 1983 (Fall Out - FALL LP 013)
A1 (Drowning Out The) Big Jets
A2 Fools Factions
A3 Things That Need...
A4 Cowslick Blues
A5 Double Standards
A7 London Bouncers (Bully Boy Version)
B2 Currant Bun
B3 Mindless Aggression
B4 Blue Blood
B5 Protest Is Alive
B6 Mercury Theatre (On The Air Again)
Chart PlacingsIndie Hit: 5, 12 wks
Wild Planet - guitar
Dr. Phibes - bass
Grimly Fiendish - drums
George Cheex - vocals
Producer: Philip Langham Esq
Enginerr: Phil Chiltern
Recorded at Pineapple Studoios, Southall, Middx.
Reviews & Opinions
PUNKY GIBBON: Restrained playing and amusing lyrics make this LP more listenable than most of their contemporaries' work, but the lack of variety is its main fault (unless you can't stand Cheex's shrieking vocals). The lyrics tackle such topics as racism ('Losers'), tabloid journalism ('Blue Blood'), and, believe it or not, The Members ('(Drowning Out The) Big Jets') with wit and originality, but the music doesn't quite measure up, and the arrangements soon start sounding samey. A notable exception is 'London Bouncers' was originally recorded for their split EP, and now featuring a dubby middle section that accentuates a sax solo.
IRA ROBBINS, TROUSER PRESS: George Cheex — !Action Pact!'s female singer — sounds perennially outraged, terrified and amazed, all at once. She doesn't quite shriek, but comes damn close to it, which makes the four Londoners rather tiresome, especially as their music manages nowhere near the same level of aggression, holding rather to relatively tame medium-speed punk. Lyrics on Mercury Theatre are pointedly political, addressing royalty ("Blue Blood"), yellow journalism ("Currant Bun"), racism, etc. Aided by guest saxophone, "London Bouncers" resembles X-Ray Spex a bit; otherwise, these best intentions are barely listenable.
DR SYN, PUNK LIVES #5, 1983: THEY HAVE THE GOODS. [read full review here]