The Pop Rivets reissues

The Pop Rivets (AKA TV 21: Billy Childish ­ Vocals/ Will Power ­ Guitar/ Big
Russ ­ Bass/ Little Russ ­ Drums) played their first show in 1977 at Detling
Village Hall, Kent. Famous for their renditions of “Stingray” and “Hippy
Hippy Shake”, they recorded the first truly independent punk LP in 1978/9,
pipping Swell Maps to the post (who’s LP was actually funded by Rough
Trade).

The Pop Rivets, on the other hand, borrowed £300 from AKA, a friend who had
just received a year’s Social Security back pay and set about recording the
Greatest Hits LP in the front room of a bungalow in Herne Bay (They had to
stop recording for the engineer’s mother to watch the 6 o’clock news). The
resulting LP was described in the NME as “The youngsters as the future of
rock ‘n’ roll” and then nothing happened.

In 1979 The Pop Rivets embarked on two self-promoted tours of Switzerland
and Germany and recorded their 2nd LP – Empty Sounds From Anarchy Ranch. Two
further EP’s appeared in 1980 before they recorded a lost John Peel session
and split up. For The Pop Rivets, punk rock had gone horribly wrong.
Thatcher – Milk Snatcher was in and New Romanticism was rearing its poesy
old head. Far from being dead and buried it seemed that Bowie and co we’re
on the ascendant. But there where still many questions the boys needed
answers for: Why did modern studios insist on making drum kits sound like
the recording of a wet cardboard box with a dead fish in it? Why could no
group keep its integrity beyond one LP, or even a single 45? Why were Link
Wray’s 2 track recordings more vital and exciting than anything a modern 8
track studio, or 16 track studio could knock out? Did spiders really see out
of all eight eyes at once? Could it be that sophistication far from
enhancing creativity, destroyed it?

Empty Sounds From Anarchy Ranch and Greatest Hits albums to be reissued via Damaged Goods June 21st

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