“Sick Of You”

THE USERS – “Sick Of You” / “(I’m) In Love with Today” (Raw Records 1) May 1977

The Users “Sick Of You” – Opening with a corrosive riff – an unholy hybrid of the Dolls’ Personality Crisis and The Stooges’ Search And Destroy’ – The Users’ single spews forth on a jet of sneering nihilistic bile.

That such a racket should originate from genteel Cambridge was the ultimate punk paradox. The Users also recorded as The Acme Sewage Company – an apt moniker in the circumstances.

While James Haight spits out “When we meet you’re like a bitch on heat”, Free’s paint-stripping guitar sends the needle into red, the maelstrom capped by a “Sick of you, like I’ve never been sick before” pay-off chorus.

In many ways, the single came a year too late, prompting ‘punk pretenders’ charges. (Mojo)

The first ever release on the newly formed Raw Records label was by this group of teenagers from Cambridge calling themselves The Users. Both sides are energetic punk rock with the top side ’Sick Of You’ considered a classic of the genre, complete with adolescent lines like:

”When we meet, you’re like a bitch on heat.”

The Stooges were obviously an influence on The Users, both songs display a hybrid of Iggy’s group and maybe early New York Dolls. The group released other records but I’ve never even heard those, I only got this record of theirs during my teenage years. (EXPO67)

Sweet meet punk and the result is not pleasant. (Record Mirror, 07/05/77)

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