Thursday, June 18, 2009


The two sides of this record sound so different that if I didn't know better I would think that it's two different bands. The A side sounds like a drunken punk sing a long with great video game sounding synthesisers all through it. And the B side is a more strait forward pub/punk rock n roll tune. Small Wonder made an excellent choice for their first release!!!
Puncture was founded in the summer of 1976, they were a Islington, London based, four-piece combo that consisted of Paul McCallum (guitar/vocals), Steve Counsel (bass/vocals), Jak Stafford (guitar/vocals) and "The Fabulous" Marty Truss (drums). Their influences ranged from early The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, through to Roxy Music, David Bowie, blues, rhythm and blues, and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
Their first major gig was in November 1976, at Fulham Town Hall in London a week after an early gig by The Clash. Various personnel changes ensued, with Jak Stafford leaving to join prominent punk band X-Ray Spex, as Jak Airport. A brief tenure with guitarist Eric Electroid (aka Kenny) saw them move on to pastures new, with the recruitment of band member Anthony Keen on synthesizer and keyboards.
In October 1977 they released a single called Mucky Pup/Can't Rock N Roll (in a Council Flat), the first release (Small One) for the Small Wonder Records label, based in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, London. 2,000 copies of the single sold out, prompting Small Wonder Records to press another 1,000 singles."Mucky Pup" gained lots of airplay at various punk gigs throughout 1977 and the B-side, "Can't Rock N Roll (In A Council Flat) was played on the John Peel Show, with favourable comments from the man himself! They continued to play various gigs around London, notably at the punk club "The Roxy" in Covent Garden, supporting The Wasps and "The Man In The Moon" in Kings Road, Chelsea, supporting The Fruit Eating Bears. They continued gigging until January 1978, culminating in their farewell gig on 20 January 1978 at the Basement Club in Covent Garden, London.
REFERENCES - WIKIPEDIA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puncture_(band)

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