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.


You’re Not Going Out

A touch of soul in the short black night of punk. A glimmer of shining light in the Factory at dawn. Emerging into post-punk Manchester, the unlikely Distractions became the best dance in town, adding songs and a touch of the old to a disparate mess of a local scene. They became the perfect counter-balance to the introversion of Joy Division, the stubborn aloofness of The Fall. A most un-Mancunian ensemble, then again... maybe not. Although not one to overtly praise those he would find in his support spots, Mark E Smith warmed to the sexual frisson of their infectious simplicity. This was home grown bunch that had been quietly emerging since 1975, I have been latterly informed. But best of all, they arrived at the Band on the Wall in 1978, fully armed with an album's worth of nuggets. Pure classic gold that had yet to be discovered. Within a year, they would emerge as the most promising band in Manchester. Initially with the raw and modest You're are Not Going Out Dressed Like That EP on Tony Davidson's TJM Records, (Which included the bare bones of 'It Doesn't Bother Me', set to resurface in polished form as the band's first single for Island Records).

Classic rip of a classic debut single in all of its 12” glory in MP3 @ 320kbps

The Distractions; You’re Not Going Out Dressed Like That 12”

A1.  Doesn’t Bother Me
A2.  Nothing
B1.  Maybe It’s Love
B2.  Too Young

Further Distractions found here 


  1. Incredible 12" - going into constant rotation...thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks GG, there's plenty more gems like this sprinkled throughtout