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.


Chasing Scars

Is the post-punk group Scars 

the Last Great Lost Band?


Chances are that you won't remember post-punk band Scars. Their moment in the sun was both tragically and gloriously brief. They stormed out of Edinburgh in the early 1980s possessed of equal parts glam audacity, art-rock solemnity and futuristic zeal. They were roundly hailed as the next great white musical hope. Two Peel sessions and a handful of music-paper covers later, they vanished in a fog of egotism and unhealthy appetites. But not before they delivered their one and only album, 1981's maddeningly beautiful Author! Author!
In the intervening years, Scars have been effectively forgotten. Years ago, Mark E Smith name-checked them as his favourite band ("because they were the complete opposite of the Fall"), and more recently, Lemon Jelly briefly raised Scars' profile by sampling them on their '64-'95 album. But despite guitarist Paul Research's sterling efforts to keep the name alive on his Scars website, the band appeared to be permanently consigned to the dustbin of history. Even in Simon Reynolds' encyclopaedic post-punk history, Rip it Up & Start Again, they merit only the most fleeting of mentions.
Meanwhile, down the last 25 years, every other once-forgotten band of their era has been either endlessly repackaged and/or critically rehabilitated to enable them to enjoy an extension on their fifteen minutes. Even the very worst of the fag-end punk bands (The Lurkers, Chelsea, Slaughter and the Dogs) have been kept on life-support by virtue of their appearance on a thousand and one dodgy service-station compilations. Music monthlies can be relied upon to remind us all of the greatness of cult artists (John Cooper-Clarke, Vic Godard, Penetration's Pauline Murray) who might have accidentally slipped off the radar. Most recently, Castle's CD86 compilation plucked the likes of Darling Buds, Revolving Paint Dream and 14 Iced Bears from the kind of shambling obscurity that most would agree was their deserved fate.
As for Scars, their fate has hardly been helped by the convoluted copyright situation that held up the reissue of Author! Author! for all these years. Now that it's finally here in 24bit audio and sounding as edgy and lovely as it always did, maybe the band can finally enjoy some of the critical acclaim that has long been denied them. If that should come to pass, then this will surely establish them as the Last Great Lost Band to come to our attention. Unless, that is, you readers have any better ideas. Word of warning: the likes of Bram Tchaikovsky, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Stump, Cock Sparrer and Bum Gravy will automatically be disqualified on the grounds that the dustbin of history is exactly where these bands belong.

In addition we have a smorgasbord of additional links, so pay attention and take care for what you click on.
In all of its 24bit, FLAC level 8 glory [here] the long deleted CD of Author! Author! is a massive file, so if you are a little pressed for time/bandwidth there’s an MP3 @ 320 kbps rip available [here]
Also for some of you selective connoisseurs, there is the singles folder available [here] in MP3 @ 320 kbps. I’ll let you figure it all out…

Scars: Author! Author!

1.      Leave Me In The Autumn
2.      Fear Of The Dark
3.      Aquarama
4.      David
5.      Obsessions
6.      Everywhere I Go
7.      The Lady In The Car With The Glasses On And A Gun
8.      Je T’aime C’est La Mort
9.      Your Attention Please
10.  All About You
11.  She’s Alive
12.  Silver Dream Machine
13.  All About You (Single Version)
14.  Author! Author!
15.  Love Song
16.  Psychomodo
17.  They Came And Took Her
18.  Romance By Mail




  1. Martin L. Gore17 July 2016 at 14:53

    nice one .... thank you so much!!!!

  2. This band completely passed me by so I look forward to hearing this.

    1. I hope you enjoyed listening to Scars Iain

  3. Ta V V much for the 24 bit FLAC.i have this on vinyl & agree It's a lost classic.This has made my year! Cheers again

  4. Would you have the Cuban Heels' LP too by any chance?

    1. I wish! That is on my list of wants as well.

  5. I love Scars dearly but can't imagine consigning Bram Tchaikovsky's "Strange Man, Changed Man" to the dustbin. That part of the article bothered me when I first read it, and it still does. But "maddeningly beautiful" is a wonderful way to describe Author! Author! Scars should be better recognized for its music, which is as brilliant as anything from that magical year of 1981.

    1. I have to say Jonder that I'm not entirely happy myself with the Bram Tchaikovsky comment. I'm going to post "Strange Man" later and see the reaction.

    2. There is an extensive discussion about "Strange Man" on Willard's Wormholes. I don't care if I never hear Bram's 2nd or 3rd LP again, but that debut is a power pop classic with plenty of POWER behind the melodies.