Raw Records was one of the UK’s first ever independent labels, having been formed in 1977 by Lee Wood. This was the second compilation they issued in early 1978 following up the ‘Raw Deal!’ album (Damgood 209). This reissue includes 4 bonus tracks including the ultra rare ‘Into the 80’s’ by The Now.
16 of the label’s best tracks feature here alongside a comprehensive discography of one of the most important but vastly underrated indie labels of our time. Bands such as The Users, Killjoys, Lockjaw and The Unwanted later provided members for the likes of The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, UK Subs and Dexy’s Midnight Runners whilst the scarcity of Raw’s releases made them highly prized collectors’ items. Two Soft Boys tracks from one of the rarest Raw singles fetaure here, unavailable elsewhere.
Essential listening for any an Killeded by Death/Bloodstains Across.
|A1||–The Unwanted||Withdrawal / 1984|
|A2||–The Users||Sick Of You|
|A3||–The Killjoys||Johnny Wont Get To Heaven|
|A4||–Some Chicken||New Religion|
|A5||–The Gorillas||It’s My Life|
|A6||–The Soft Boys||Wading Through A Ventilator|
|A8||–Acme Sewage Co.||I Wish You Dead|
|B2||–The Hammersmith Gorillas*||You Really Got Me|
|B4||–Some Chicken||Arabian Daze|
|B5||–Lockjaw||The Young Ones|
|B6||–The Soft Boys||Hear My Brane|
|B7||–The Unwanted||I’m Not Me|
|B8||–The Now (4)||Into The 80’s|
(Damaged Goods Records)