In the late Seventies, Belfast produced some of the best and most enduring punk records. Bandwise, Stiff Little Fingers and the Undertones were destined to have the biggest impact on the mainstream, but just as important were bands like Rudi and The Outcasts who, alongside the Undertones, got their first break on the legendary Good Vibrations label. Following fast on their heels were a band of school kids known as Protex, whose debut single ‘Don’t Ring Me Up’ appeared at the end of 1978 and is rightly considered to be one of the classics of that era.
This is the first album of PROTEX, recorded in 1979-1980 for a release on Polydor records, but the record never came out because the label was interested in the next big thing, after punk rock…. The guys from Sing Sing Records unearthed this masterpiece and put it out in 2010, it was sold out and OOP soon afterwards. So nearly 10 years after you have the possibility to buy this classic for a normal price.
The Bachelor Records release of “Strange Obsessions” is not only a simple repress, we managed to improve the sound and speed, thanks to Eric Brady, PLUS the artwork was changed a bit too!