Nipple Erectors (and their more politely named abbreviation, the Nips) their first ever legitimate LP vinyl. To be fair, we’ve been asked many times to do reissue the Nips on vinyl down the years.
So, what you get on this new Nipathon LP are both sides of each of the group’s three Soho singles, each one a perfect example of Great British Punk. Plus you have two tracks – again from the first sessions – that saw light of day for the first time on the vinyl BBB+B.
You also get the young Shane MacGowan in fine growling form, a young and renowned punk about town and still very much the “King Of The Bop” rather than the “King Of The (alcoholic) Pop” that he later became in his years as a Professional Irishman and frontsperson of Pogue Mahone/The Pogues. (Now there’s a good bit of trivia for you – Shane might well be the only person in the world to have fronted two bands that have had to shorten their name to avoid public outrage, and to get their records played on the radio!). You also get Shane’s then best gal Shanne Bradley, fresh from being preserved for posterity (allegedly) as the subject of the Sex Pistols’ mighty Satellite and learning to become the pretty good bass player that she eventually did become as a member of the Pogues’ 80s contemporaries the Men They Couldn’t Hang.
You get 20-odd minutes of uproarious music that has stood the test of time rather better than has a lot of 1978’s ‘new wave’ outpourings – including at least two undisputed genre classics in the anthemic (Gab-gab-gab) Gabrielle and the wild garage riffola of All The Time In The World. And, most of all, you get the musical answer to Mr MacGowan’s time-honoured question that’s been baffling music historians for a quarter of a century, “Why do – theycallmethekingofthabop?”
No need to bother with the answers on a postcard. They’re all here. Still want bovver? Then you’re in the right place for it. Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough…
(Ace Records)