Off The Hook”

The Offhooks – Garage Punk Outsiders from Edinburgh, Scotland

Here’s a regular project I’ll be doing here on “Yellow Paper Suns” and one which I hope readers will enjoy. There were so many fabulous garage bands around the world during the eighties that were probably known in their own town but no where else.

Some of these garage punk outsiders even released records. Many of which were sadly ignored at the time. And as the decades have passed, these precious slabs of primitive rock ‘n’ roll have invariably been forgotten about . . . . perhaps even ‘buried and dead’ . . . . until NOW!

I’ll start my series of “Garage Punk Outsiders” with The Offhooks and their intense and sometimes moody six-track mini-album “Off The Hook” on (DDT Records DISPLP 18) released at the back end of 1988.

I spent the turgid ’80s listening to hundreds of 60s garage comps and turning my mind onto the (in some circles) much maligned neo-garage revival groups.

I was just in the right place at the right time to be hip to some of the better groups of the day. No hilariously BAD hair metal groups or goth rockers for me, hell no, it was the ’underground’ garage combos that filled my airwaves such as The Offhooks from Edinburgh.

Check out their superb moody 12 string jangler ”No More Tears” written by John Robb from indie group Jesse Garon & the Desperados…… harmonizing too, there weren’t enough groups doing this in the 80s.

The location of the cover photo is at Edinburgh University, Potter Row Facility.

Recorded in June 1988 and produced by Jamie Watson at Chamber Studios, Edinburgh.

Calvin Burt (lead vocals)
Clive Fenton (guitar, harmonica, tambourine, vocals)
John Robb (guitar, vocals)
Andy Learmonth (bass)
Lenny Helsing (drums, vocals)

The Offhooks at Nicky Tam’s, Victoria Street – early 1987
publicity shot
THE OFFHOOKS – “Off The Hook” (mini album recorded, June 1988)
24Bit stereo remaster MP3 @ 320mpbs
  • Greed
  • I’m A Nothing (Magic Plants cover version)
  • Hearbreaking Girl
  • No More Tears
  • Got No Lovin’
  • I Can Take It (Blue Stars cover version)

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