A.K.A. THE BLOODCLOTS
Formed: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
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).
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.
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.
Singles / Albums
|Sick Of You / (I'm) In Love With Today
|Kicks In Style
|Secondary Modern - 1976-1979 (CD, 2008)||Kicks In Style 1976-1979 (LP, 2011)||LO-FI-EP (7", 2013)|
Killed By Death (Rare Punk 77-82) US LP 1989 (Redrum): Sick Of You
1-2-3-4 Punk & New Wave 1976-1979 UK 5xCD 1999 (Universal): Sick Of You