1984 in England. I get flashbacks to The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Smiths, The Cocteau Twins and even â€œRed Lorry Yellow Lorryâ€ and â€œHalf Man Half Biscuitâ€. What about you? Under the indie radar and pretty much unknown in the US were a British act called THE SID PRESLEY EXPERIENCE, named after three dead rock music icons. They were a loud-ass, short-lived British group who, on their first of only two singles, produced a hot, panic-filled “Batman”-like TV theme instrumental A-side called â€œPublic Enemy Number Oneâ€, matched with an angry, sneering original on the flip called â€œHup Two Three Fourâ€. It was produced & engineered to be bleeding way, way, way into the red, and if memory serves me, it was released both as a 45 and as a 12â€. (I have the former; Iâ€™ll bet the latter is even more damaged-sounding). On their next 45 they took on John Lennonâ€™s â€œCold Turkeyâ€ and totally nailed it, to the point where thatâ€™s the version I hear in my head during the rare times it pops to mind.
â€œPublic Enemy Number Oneâ€ was the intro music to a formative 1984-89 radio show on KCSB-FM Santa Barbara during my late teens called â€œStrictly Discoâ€, hosted by Eric Stone. Stone has the greatest record collection of punk, garage & indie 45s Iâ€™d ever seen to date, and I still possess a C-90 cassette I got to make of some of his singles that I heard for the first time either at his house or on his show: The Electric Eelsâ€™ â€œAgitatedâ€; The Misfitsâ€™ â€œBulletâ€; the Naked Raygun â€œBasement Screamsâ€ EP â€“ and this one. Hopefully itâ€™ll show up on some of your cassettes in the near future, now that you own it â€“ or will when you click the links below.
Play or Download THE SID PRESLEY EXPERIENCE: â€œPublic Enemy Number Oneâ€
Play or Download THE SID PRESLEY EXPERIENCE: â€œHup Two Three Fourâ€