The Users - THE USERS

A.K.A. THE BLOODCLOTS

The Users, Cambridge Punk

Formed: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

Lineups / Discography

A stupendously great UK punk band who played it Stooges-style. Had they not been from Cambridge they might have amounted to more than two-hit wonders. but what hits! Both of their singles are classic, even with singer James Haight's slightly irksome attempts at an American accent. They also recorded a version of 'Louie, Louie' for the Raw Deal! compilation LP, but hated it so much they insisted it be credited to The Bloodclots. UK Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs was also briefly a member, but he called himself Bobby Kwok then. Drummer Adrian Bor was later found in The Sinix and The Friendly Hopefuls.

The band formed in September 1976 and, despite having played only two gigs, won a record deal in early '77 when they invited Lee Wood, owner of local record shop '"Remember Those Oldies", to one of their rehearsals. He was so impressed that he immediately set up a label, Raw Records, with the intention of releasing the band's debut single. In March the group entered Spaceward Studios in Cambridge and recorded four songs. One ('Message') was not released, but two were chosen for the debut 7-inch, Sick Of You / (I'm) In Love With Today, and the fourth one was the aforementioned 'Louie Louie'. Initial pressings of the single appear to have been made without the band's knowledge, and were badly mastered, so a second run with a superior pressing was called for. The disc won some rave reviews (and some scornful ones), eventually going on to sell over 20,00 copies (if Lee Wood is to be believed).

The Users - Sick Of You / (I'm) In Love With TodayThe Users, Cambridge Punk

Still, despite this success the band members clung onto their day jobs (mainly because Wood never paid them a penny, allegedly). The core trio of Phil Burkill (aka James Haight aka James James aka Phil James, vocals), Chris "Panic" Free (guitar) and Andrew O'Hanrahan (aka Andrew Bor, drums) worked their way though a succession of bassists en route to single number two, the devastating Kicks In Style, which they released on their own label, Warped Records. Like the debut it came in two versions, one with Peter Bevington on bass, and a repressing with a different mix featuring Dave Goodman on bass instead.

The Users, Cambridge Punk

1978 saw Alvin Gibbs replacing Bevington, although he struggled to get the band to record anything because some of the other people in the band were into hard drugs. Gibbs left the band shortly but the rest of the group soldiered on with a new bassist, turning into mod group The Selections in the process.

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

The Users - Sick Of You / (I'm) In Love With Today The Users - Kicks In Style      
Sick Of You / (I'm) In Love With Today
(7", 1977)
Kicks In Style
(7", 1978)
     

Extraneous Releases

The Users - Secondary Modern - 1976-1979 The Users - Kicks In Style 1976-1979 The Users - LO-FI-EP    
Secondary Modern - 1976-1979 (CD, 2008) Kicks In Style 1976-1979 (LP, 2011) LO-FI-EP (7", 2013)    

Various Artists

Raw Deal! UK LP 1977 (Raw): I'm In Love With You Today / [as The Bloodclots:] Louie. Louie

Oh No It's More From Raw UK LP 1978 (Raw): Sick Of You

Killed By Death (Rare Punk 77-82) US LP 1989 (Redrum): Sick Of You

Raw Records Punk Collection UK CD 1993 (Anagram): Sick Of You / I'm In Love With Today

Punk Rock Rarities Vol. 2 UK CD 1996 (Anagram): Kicks In Style / Dead On Arrival

1-2-3-4 Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 UK 5xCD 1999 (Universal): Sick Of You

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