Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

Some of the rips are my own, but many more are from other blogs and I’m just sharing the wealth. If other bloggers out there wish to share the rips from my posts, please as I do, host them yourself. To combat this, the FLAC files that are over 6 months old will be replaced with MP3 files.

Finally I am happy to re-up old posts where the link has expired. Please comment in the relevant posts comments box.


Can't Cheat Karma Again

A pleasant request for a re-up won't be refused during December...

So if you've got that burning itch, don't hesitate!

Putting Out Fire With Gasoline

Zounds, an anarchist peace punk band, unfortunately labelled as part of the Crass collective (Penny Rimbaud produced their début EP, while Eve Libertine designed their sleeves) forswore their mentors’ deliberately primitive noise punk style in favour of a much cleaner, almost pop sound. Knowing this, it may surprise you that Zounds are unlike anything you've ever heard before. They shared Crass’ political views, but their sound blended punk and new-wave and their lyrics were much more subtle and haunting. They never appeared to be as angry but they certainly were. It takes a different mindset to appreciate Zounds. Now that being said, can I honestly put The Curse of Zounds in the same stylistic ballpark as many of the Factory Records bands of the era?
Singer/songwriter Steve Lake's prominent basslines power the songs in the familiar post-Joy Division fashion, while Lawrence Wood and Nick Godwin's chunky guitar lines skitter around in a style reminiscent of the Au Pairs and Gang of Four. Lyrically provocative without descending into the usual cheap sloganeering, Lake's lyrics are engaging and sometimes quite funny, while the music is sure to appeal to any fan of British post-punk.
The cover art for The Curse Of Zounds has always been one of my favourites. It helps to own it because you need to look at the front side, then flip it over to the back. Simultaneously funny, smart and relevant, and we haven't even started the album yet. The cover sets the scene for the brilliance to come.
Why this album isn't regarded as an essential is beyond me. If it were up to me, Zounds would be the definitive anarcho band and The Curse Of Zounds a punk classic. No matter who you are, whatever you listen to, The Curse Of Zounds will speak to you in some way. It may make you cry, it may make you hate everyone, but it will affect you. Punk doesn't get much better than this.

Including all of the essential singles Can’t Cheat Karma, Demystification, Dancing, More Trouble Coming Every Day and the EP La Vache Qui Rit. The début album The Curse Of Zounds is completed with the singles as a FLAC.

All taken to MP3 @ 320kbps

Can’t Cheat Karma
Track List
1.       War
2.       Subvert
3.       Can’t Cheat Karma

Track List
1.       Demystification
2.       Great White Hunter

The Curse Of Zounds
Track List
1.       Fear
2.       Did He Jump/My Mummy’s Gone
3.       Little Bit More
4.       This Land
5.       New Band
6.       Dirty Squatters
7.       Loads Of Noise
8.       Target/Mr. Disney/War

Track List
1.       Dancing
2.       True Love

More Trouble Coming Every Day
Track List
1.       More Trouble
2.       Knife

La Vache Qui Rit EP
Track List
1.       Not Me
2.       Biafra
3.       Fear
4.       Wolves


  1. Thanks a lot for this !
    Listening to "can't cheat karma" put me back many years ago... It's still a great song!
    Phil from france.

  2. Love the blog. Is there any chance of a re-up of this? My copy of Demystification has long departed,

  3. May I request another re-up, please?

  4. Great stuff mate.You have a top blog AJ.Many thanks.

    1. You've very welcome Paul. Hope you've been enjoying the festivities