THE REZILLOS – “I Can’t Stand My Baby” / “I Wanna Be Your Man” (Sensible Records FAB 1) August 1977
The Rezillos “I Can’t Stand My Baby” – The Rezillos were closer in spirit to the trash aesthetic world of plastic clothing, ’60s bubblegum and comic books than nihilistic punk.
Fronted by the knockabout tag-team vocals of Fife and Reynolds, they were Edinburgh’s Day-Glo, showbiz punk super-heroes. Tiring of covers (Batman, Have I the Right, Stupid Cupid), guitarist Callis penned this minimalist, amusingly dismissive romp with a sly, understated sense of craft and a keen understanding of the appeal of his frontpersons. (Mojo)
This was The Rezillos first single, recorded at Barclay Towers, Edinburgh and released during August 1977. The cover was green for the original. This is a re-issue of sorts due to demand and came housed in an orange sleeve with their logo in green!
“I Can’t Stand My Baby” is a fast paced number with some neat sounding guitar. Vocals by Fay Fife. The back of the sleeve shows seven members in their line-up and a motley bunch they look too. The punks wearing shades and the others looking like they’re from Fleetwood Mac. I suppose 1977 was effectively the transition year from long haired hippie types to short haired outsiders.
The other side is a great punk version of The Beatles number ”I Wanna Be Your Man” (EXPO67)
Scotland’s leading new wavers with a fast-selling double ‘B’ side, one from the Lennon and McCartney stable, one from their own. Sounds exciting with a pounding beat throughout. Their music, while being raw, has a certain urgency about it. They are currently playing a number of London dates.
(Record Mirror, 06/08/77)