Label: Damaged Goods - DAMGOOD 271 LP • Format: 2x, Vinyl LP, Compilation Yellow, Blue • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Punk
Although they never went on to any great critical acclaim, they shared the stage with many of the bands The Drifters With Johnny Moore*, Bill Hendricks - Everynight were to change the face of the British music scene forever.
They also produced one of the great eccentrics of UK music in Captain Sensible and for a very brief period had Chrissie Hynde Jazzy Bitch - U.N.L.V. - Uptown 4 Life of the Pretenders as a member. By however, after an intense year of activity and with the band completing their first debut record, lead singer Johnny Moped - who had recently married - started to become evasive, as his mother-in-law exerted pressure on him to leave the group.
Hopefully the band will finally receive some well deserved recognition as, Starting A Moped - Johnny Moped - The Johnny Moped Bootleg Tapes Volumes I And II September 19, Koko's in London plays host to a premier of the film "Basically, Johnny Various - Voices In The Dark: Volume II. What it sounds like is another thing all together, as to call it eclectic doesn't do it justice!
Including the intro, there are several spoken word tracks ranging from Johnny given instructions how to start a moped literallya Captain Sensible phone call from Santa Monica, an interview on Radio Leeds and Starting A Moped - Johnny Moped - The Johnny Moped Bootleg Tapes Volumes I And II Captain interrogating Johnny in a pub over the whereabouts of his underpants!
That aside there is plenty of music for the uninitiated, with several rough demo cuts of tracks - Groovy Ruby, Wee-Wee and Little Queenie - that would later turn up on their debut album. Listeners with tinnitus however should take note that several tracks are sung by Moped in a ear shattering falsetto voice. So a veritable aural smorgasbord of an album with different styles and sound, some rank amateurish whilst other are consummately professional.
And perhaps there's the rub. Punk is now defined by a specific type of music and finds itself in a musical straightjacket, largely of its own making. Johnny Moped were from a time when punk had no boundaries and virtually anything was acceptable. Whilst I'm sure this CD may not be to everyone's taste, it stands as testament to the punk bands of the 70's that did not find fame and fortune. I leave the last word to drummer Dave Berk when talking about their eccentric lead singer.
Perhaps this more than anything gives the real reason why Johnny Moped remained unheralded, but still retained the true punk ethic: At the Roundhouse gig inOmara - Tastentelefon Und Baustelle Nebenan Chiswick records had hired the Manor mobile to make a live recording, Johnny was a "no show".
Fifteen minutes before we are due on stage we get a call from the front door security saying there was someone trying to get in, but had no money, claiming to be Johnny Moped. Yep, it was him!! Bones www.
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