• snivelling shits I Can't Come (CD, £9.50)

    label: damaged goods

    Original 77 punk band formed by journalist Giovanni Dadamo, the line up was: Giovanni Dadamo – Vox, Dave Fudger, Pete Makowski – Guitar, Steve Lillywhite, Barry Myers – Bass, Steve Nicol, Ade Lillywhite, Lou Salvoni & Nick Ratbite – Drums. This album features both sides of their only 7”, 'Terminal Stupid', plus another track they released on the Beggars Banquet compilation ‘Streets’ (the label's first release) although they had to change their name (to Arthur Comics) as Beggars were worried about the word ‘shits’ on the cover of their album. Anyway, we found another six or so tracks and put it out. At the time Gio had also unearthed one of the three tracks that he co-wrote and recorded with The Damned: ‘There Ain't No Sanity Claus’ is included on the CD and has never been available before. ‘The hazard of anyone-can-do-it musical movements is what might get dragged in. Fortunately, the jokey Snivelling Shits - two London rock critics (singer Giovanni Dadomo and guitarist Dave Fudger) and such musician friends as Steve Nicol of the Hot Rods and bassist Steve Lillywhite - were sharply skilled at smuttily satirising the sounds of '77. As anthologised in this archival coloured-vinyl document, the band's brief recording career (eight whole tracks, including the viciously irreverent "isgodaman?," originally released on a Beggars Banquet compilation LP under the name Arthur Comics) included incisive swipes at the Sex Pistols, John Cooper Clarke ("I Wanna Be Your Biro") and the Velvet Underground. That's history for you.’ (Trouser Press review of original release)


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