Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Chelsea: No Escape (LP - 1980)

Chelsea was one of the original punk bands to form out of the mid-70s punk frenzy that marked a generation. Fronted by ex-porno star Gene October, Chelsea has gone through almost as many personnel changes as The Fall! The subject matter most often sung about was the plight of the working class and youth gone wild. The original line-up consisted of October (vocals), guitarist William Broad (better known later as Billy Idol), bassist Tony James (later of Sigue Sigue Sputnik) and drummer John Towe. After only a few gigs (and no recordings) the trio of musicians abandoned Gene and formed a band known as Generation X (which soon dissolved resulting in solo mega-star and 1980's MTV staple Billy Idol, curled lip and all). Gene briefly recruited other musicians, Chelsea varying constantly from a trio to a quintet.
By 1979 Chelsea arrived at the "classic" line-up of October (vocals), James Stevenson (lead guitar), Dave Martin (rhythm guitar), Geoff Myles (bass) and Chris Bashford (drums). This line up lasted a full two years, the longest any Chelsea line up has lasted! This was followed by several more line up changes until a temporary line-up consisting of October (vocals as usual), Nic Austin and Steve Corfield (guitars), Tim Griffin (bass) and Chris Bashford (continuing drumming duties) briefly toured the US, to be captured on film in URGH! A MUSIC WARnot included on the soundtrack LP).

Several more changes resulted in the line-up that delivered EVACUATE to our ears. EVACUATE, while certainly a commercial failure, was a critical success (at last), but Gene finally gave in and disbanded Chelsea in early 1984 and released a solo recording LIFE AND STRUGGLE continuing his theme of singing the working class' lament...

In 1999, Gene October reunited the "classic" line-up for punk event the "Social Chaos Tour." What lies ahead? We'll just have to sit back, wait and see!

[tracks]
  1. No Escape (Saxon/Lawrence/Reeder) 2:20
  2. Urban Kids (October/Martin/Perry/Ferguson) 2:55 *
  3. No Flowers (October/Martin) 2:49 *
  4. Trouble Is The Day (Martin) 3:53 +
  5. Right To Work (October) 3:06 ¶
  6. Look At The Outside (Bashford) 3:28
  7. What Would You Do? (Martin) 1:57
  8. No One's Coming Outside(Martin) 3:20
  9. The Loner (October) 2:59 ¶
  10. Don't Get Me Wrong (Bashford) 2:38
  11. Decide (October) 3:03 +
  12. Come On (October/Martin/Bashford) 2:15
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