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.


Somesay Again

Beginning his many varied Wah! career in 1979 as Wah! Heat with the outstanding single Better Scream, Pete Wylie was setting the bar high. The subsequent follow up in the spring of 1980 of Seven Minutes To Midnight (becoming single of the week in NME, Sounds and Melody Maker) didn’t let the bar drop, it raised it higher. So suggesting that Pete Wylie's first album as Wah! is his finest work, could be asking for trouble. Filled to the brim with passionate post-punk and blitzkrieg funk that holds an impressive level of focused intensity from front to back, Nah = Poo – The Art Of Bluff is no doubt the result of having listened to Clash records over and over and over and over again. There's little of the Clash's melodic sensibility to be found here though, memorable guitar riffs might not be evident either, but there's an infectiously blistered pace to the proceedings, if a bit overbearingly shouty and mushy mixing-wise. Wylie sing-shouts every track on the album with a ferocious vigour, which in turn gives the album a rare sense of immediacy. Wah! literally sounds like they're playing with the knowledge that there will be no tomorrow. Off to an iffy start, tribal drums and from the depths vocals on "The Wind Up" do exactly that. One gets wound up because they want the record to actually start. Maybe that was the point. After that, it refuses to let up, kicked off by the "Do It Clean"-meets-"Break on Through" of "Other Boys." An album sequenced for maximum impact, instrumental "The Seven Thousand Names of Wah!" (no kidding) sets the table for "Seven Minutes to Midnight," Wah!'s signature song. The instrumental serves the same purpose as Mission of Burma barnburners like "Secrets" and "All World Cowboy Romance," holding together the rest of the album's songs while upping the intensity to yet another level (as if it needed upping). 

Ripped from the original vinyl releases by a bunch of different, but beautiful blogs and collated here for your listening pleasure in one mega MP3 @ 320kbps download

Wah! Heat – Better Scream 7” [Inevitable Records INEV001]
               A1 Better Scream
               B1 Hey! (Disco) Joe

Wah! Heat – Seven Minutes To Midnight 7” [Inevitable Records INEV004]
               A1 Seven Minutes To Midnight…(To Be Continued)
               B1 Don’t Step On The Cracks

Wah! – Forget The Down! 7” [Eternal Records SLATE 1]
               A1 Forget The Down!
               B1 The Checkmate Syndrome

Wah! – Nah = Poo – The Art Of Bluff LP [Eternal Records CLASSIC 1]
               A1 The Wind-Up
               A2 Otherboys
               A3 Why D’ You Imitate The Cutout?
               A4 Mission Impossible
               A5 Somesay
               B1 The Seven Thousand Names Of Wah!
               B2 Sleeppp
               B3 Seven Minutes To Midnight
               B4 The Death Of Wah!

Wah! – Somesay 7” & 12” [Eternal Records SLIMEY1]
               A1 Somesay
               B1 Forget The Down (This Time)


  1. thanx for this

  2. I was blown away by "7000 Names" when I first heard it on C81, and bought the first album as soon as I could. Mission of Burma is a great point of comparison. Would you mind reposting these?

    1. Coming Up with some bonus 12" singles

    2. Fantastic, thanks! Haven't heard some of these.

    3. Isn't that the reason we're all here? To hear something new that we hadn't heard before.

  3. Awesome band, awesome records. Thanks!

  4. thanks for taking the time to do this. "otherboys" sticks in my memory from my earliest listings to peel

    1. What a great memory to have. Thanks for the comment