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Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Gangsters

The Gangsters (vinyl rip)
In WAV - Covers are included

Harlow Town
Pay Cheque
Don't Rely On Me
Trouble We Go Through
Shake And Pop ( Nick Lowe )
Record Company
I Don't Know
Sadie May
Never Thought It Would Happen
Best Friend

In 1978 a group of individuals from local bands inspired by the DIY ethic of punk started their own record label. They were Richard Holgarth and Billy Meadows from The Gangsters, Kevin Jones and Shane Roe from The Sods with Colin Babb who did the accounts.

STORTBEAT began life in 1978 with a £1000 overdraft from a bank. The first release was "Record Company"/"Harlow Town" by The Gangsters. It got good reviews and was played by John Peel on his Radio 1 show. The main venues in the area were The Triad in Stortford and The Square in Harlow. In a couple of months the initial pressing had sold out which enabled more releases to be made. The Harlow Playhouse bar on Saturdays became Stortbeats central meeting point.


FOPI #1 Fan said...

without Stortbeat there would be no Flux of Pink Indians, which in turn would mean no Derek Birkett who started One Little Indian who hosted the Shamen and Bjork, shame Birkett sold out but FOPI were as important, if not more so to me, than Crass were!

Thanks for this slice of history I missed

FOPI #1 Fan said...

and let's not forget the Newtown Neurotics from Harlow, Kick Out the Tories indeed!

Honquijote said...

- Thanks a lot for sharing this...

Woody said...

Thankx a lot for this!!

tom said...