Tuesday, July 13, 2010

999 - The Punk Singles 1977-1980 (2001)


'I'm Alive' and 'Quite Disappointing', originally issued on the band's own Labritian label in August 1977 (LAB 1999), the single was also re-issued in a brand new sleeve by United Artists in 1979 (UP 36519). The A-side was included on the band's self titled debut album. 'Nasty Nasty' and 'No Pity', this acknowledged Punk classic was released by United Artists in October 1977 with the initial pressing coming in green vinyl. United Artists also pressed up 50 copies of the single which played at 78RPM and which were given away to DJ's as a promotional tool even though most of them didn't have the equipment to play it!.
'Emergency' and 'My Street Stinks' was released by UA in January 1978, a month before the issue of their debut album. One of the few Punk singles of the day to get a release in Japan, the A-side was included on the '999' album. 'Me and My Desire' and 'Crazy', two great tracks culled from the ''999'' album and releasedas a 45 in April '78. 'Feelin' Alright with the Crew', 'Titanic (Over) Reaction' and 'You Can't Buy Me' was released on August 18th 1978, the A-side was an ode to the band's raucous following and still a mainstay in the band's live set to this very day.
'Waiting' and 'Action', these two tracks were originally issued on a 12'' single and given away with the first 10.000 copies of the band's ''Separates'' album. 'Homicide' and 'Soldier', was first issued in November 1978 and initially available in green vinyl, ''Homicide'' shot to No.40 in the UK National Charts where it stayed for nearly a month. 'Found Out Too Late' and 'Lie Lie Lie' was 999's only single for Radar Records, ''Found Out Too Late'' was released in September 1979 and reached No.69 in the UK Top 75. 'Trouble' and 'Made a Fool Of You' was issued on Jan 18th 1980, the same day as the band's third album ''Biggest Prize In Sport'', ''Trouble'' was 999's only UK single on Polydor. 'Boys in the Gang' and 'Brent Cross', ''Boys In the Gang'' was taken from the ''Biggest Prize in Sport'' album whilst ''Brent Cross'' has remained one of the bands rarest recordings. A German only single released in 1980 on Ariola Records it was scheduled to be released in the UK and even got to acetate stage before being pulled.

Tracklisting
1.I'm Alive
2.Quite Disappointing
3.Nasty Nasty
4.No Pity
5.Emergency
6.My Street Stinks
7.Me And My Desire
8.Crazy
9.Feelin' Alright with The Crew
10.Titanic (My Over) Reaction
11.You Can't Buy Me
12.Waiting
13.Action
14.Homicide
15.Soldier
16.Found Out Too Late
17.Lie Lie Lie
18.Trouble
19.Made a Fool of You
20.Boys in the Gang
21.Brent Cross

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1 comment:

monk said...

thank you, thank you, thank you.

any and all 999 - now or later or whenever - very much appreciated.