Monday, July 23, 2007

THE LURKERS: Fulham Fallout @ 320kbps

The Lurkers were a late 1970s English punk rock group from West London, notable for being the first group ever on Beggars Banquet Records. Unlike most of their UK contemporaries, The Lurkers' influence lay far more with American punks The Ramones, than with British trailblazers The Sex Pistols and The Clash. Their heavily, and unabashedly derivative style, garnered them the affectionate tag of "The British Ramones". Their debut single, 1977's "Shadow"/"Love Story," was the first release on Beggars Banquet Records; their biggest hit was 1978's "Ain't Got a Clue"/"Ooh, Ooh I Love You," reaching No. 45 on the UK singles chart . Their first two LP's were 1978's Fulham Fallout and 1979's God's Lonely Men, and they issued several more singles on Beggars Banquet, such as "Heroin It's All Over" in 1982, but by the close of the decade, punk rock had fallen out of fashion, and The Lurkers' straightforward take on the genre was not equipped to evolve. Owing to a lack of commercial success and the shifting musical climate, Beggars Banquet dropped The Lurkers, precipitating their break-up.
In the years since, they have reunited with various personnel numerous times, and continue to record and perform to this day. Their legacy, however, is primarily founded on their late '70s output. "Shadow" and "Ain't Got a Clue" in particular are cited by punk cognoscenti as classic examples of the style, and still show up from time to time on genre overview compilations.

1. Ain't Got a Clue
2. I Don't Need to Tell Her
3. Total War
4. Hey You
5. Shadow
6. Then I Kicked Her
7. Go Go Go
8. Jenny
9. Time of Year
10. Self Destruct
11. It's Quiet Here
12. Gerald
13. I'm on Heat
14. Be My Prisoner
15. Shadow (Single Version) [*]
16. Love Story [*]
17. Freak Show [*]
18. Mass Media Believer [*]
19. Ooh! Ooh! I Love You [*]
20. Pills [*]
21. We Are the Chaos Brothers [*]
22. Be My Prisoner [*]
23. Total War (Demo) [*]
24. Then I Kissed Her (Demo) [*]
25. I Love the Dark [*]
26. Freak Show (Demo) [*]

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Ed Hunter said...

Great post. Wanted to hear Fulham Fallout again for ages.

Rebel84 said...

Great one Nagi' bitrate...THX

ib said...

Great Post! I have all the 45s plus the album lurking around on vinyl, but i've never heard the bonus demos. The lurkers were the pinnacle of sweaty primordialism and it's oddly touching to think they're still around.

Fantastic blog - really comprehensive. The only glaring omission i can spot from a quick glance through the archives is Eater's Dave Goodman produced "The Album". I know of two fairly recent compilations ("All of Eater" & "Compleat Eater") but sadly i've never been able to track them down.

Cheers, Nagi'. Boss.

RyGar said...

Thanks a bunch. I don't know if I've ever heard any of this, which seems crazy. I knew the song "Shadow", but always thought it was actually written by the Rip Offs. Then, I'm out at the bar, and someone plays Thee Headcoats version. My mind gets blown. THEN, I find out that even that is a cover...