CHARITY SHOP EXCURSIONS – PART 14 – HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING & SUNDERLAND

Digging in a box of Charity Shop records: – Here I go again with another charity shop splurge in my home town of Houghton-le-Spring on Friday and in Sunderland this morning. All in all, a worthwhile excursion to the bargain bins of the North East and where, it seems, an accumulation of budget label LP releases find their resting place.

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THE CLASH – SUMMERTIME BLUES

The Clash’s Joe Strummer puts down Bob Geldof, the Police and the current crop of new bands but says things will get better. “It’s going to be better. The harder Margaret Thatcher sets in, the more benefits you’ll see for rock ‘n’ roll.”

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THE DAMNED – PLAYING FAST AND LOUD

Life’s a rat’s life in The Damned. Boys! Lack confidence when girls are around? Your tongue gets twisted when you stumble up to her in a disco? All your buddies seem to pull but you can never get past sticky stutter syndrome?

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SECRET AFFAIR – SOME SECRETS YOU CAN’T HIDE

Smash Hits meets Secret Affair So sings Ian Page of Secret Affair. cool, huh? In fact about the coolest, neatest way of winning a teenage street corner confrontation you could possibly imagine. A clean KO without even loosening your tie. Great.

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THE JAM – TALKING ‘BOUT MY GENERATION

David Hepworth meets Paul, Rick and Bruce. It’s August 1979 and this is The Modern World. The Who are back in action for the first time in years, their films are on release, and Modrophenia has taken over the capital.

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SHAM 69 – STOP YOUR GABBING

Jimmy Pursey talks to Smash Hits – “The more you believe in something,” Pursey says, “the more chance there is of you either going nuts or killing yourself. Because you think you can change something and the odds are you can’t. Not quickly, anyway. Half the time, the opposite happens.

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THE PRETENDERS – STOP YOUR GOBBING

Smash Hits check out the great Pretenders. Thirty five feet above London’s Floral Street – where Pan’s People used to rehearse – the Great Pretender, Chrissie Hynde, is checking out her more off-beat fan letters.

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SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – BALANCING THE SCALES

In which Ian Cranna tries to fathom – “I became more positive when I was in a band towards what I wanted to do, which was to be a singer and writer. Before I was in a band, I knew what I didn’t want to do – which was everything offered to me, that was available to me. And then the band just happened.”

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X-RAY SPEX : GOODBYE TO PLASTIC ACTION DOLL

Smash Hits meet Poly Styrene. Like a lot of females on the scene, Poly Styrene seems to be known less for her music and more for her offstage activities. When X-Ray Spex broke out of the punk pack in 1978, largely by dint of their leading lady’s very special talent, Poly became something of an overnight celebrity.

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THE UNDERTONES TALK TO SMASH HITS

If this is Tuesday, it must be Blackburn. Dressing rooms look the same everywhere. Basement or attic, broom cupboard or spacious suite, they may try but they never manage to look clean. The Wolverhampton Civic Hall on a Monday night is no exception.

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