Vitamine - Annie Tendresse - Barclay - 620 575 - 1980

Vitamine were Yasmine Dahm and Nathalie Roussel, a couple of actors. Understandably then, Annie Tendresse is about the ups and downs of being "the queen of show business" according to the lyrics.


Kaktus - Punk Rock 'n Roll - Polydor - 2049 525 - 1977

The photo on the sleeve sort of looks like two dads and their sons made a record. This one has a great opening "C'mon boys!"


Michael Fagan And The Bollock Brothers - God Save The Queen - Charly Records - CYX 7-205 - 1983

In June 1982 Michael Fagan snuck into Buckinham palace. Wikipedia says "he shimmied up the drainpipe, startling a housemaid, who called security. When guards reached the scene, Fagan had disappeared, leading them to believe the housemaid was mistaken. Fagan claims he entered the palace through an unlocked window on the roof and spent the next half-hour eating cheddar cheese and crackers and wandering around. He tripped several alarms, but they were faulty. He claims to have viewed royal portraits and rested for a while on the throne. He also speaks of entering the postroom, where Diana, Princess of Wales had hidden presents for her first son, William. Fagan said he drank half a bottle of white wine before becoming tired and leaving."

A month later he did it again. "At around 7:00am on that morning Fagan scaled Buckingham Palace's 14-foot-high perimeter wall – topped with revolving spikes and barbed wire – and shimmied up a drainpipe before wandering into the Queen's bedroom at about 7:15am. An alarm sensor had detected his prior movements inside the palace but police thought the alarm was faulty and silenced it. Fagan wandered the palace corridors for several minutes before reaching the section where the royal apartments were located. In an anteroom Fagan broke a glass ashtray, cutting his hand. He was still carrying a fragment of the glass when he entered the Queen's bedroom. The Queen woke when he disturbed a curtain, and initial reports said Fagan sat on the edge of her bed. But in a 2012 interview, he said she left the room immediately to seek security. She had phoned the palace switchboard twice for police but none had arrived. Fagan then asked for some cigarettes, which were brought by a maid, who had been cleaning a neighbouring room. The duty footman, Paul Whybrew, who had been walking the Queen's dogs, then appeared, followed by two policemen on palace duty who removed Fagan. The incident had happened as the armed police officer outside the royal bedroom came off duty before his replacement arrived.

Since it was then a civil wrong rather than a criminal offence, Fagan was not charged for trespassing in the Queen's bedroom. He was charged with theft (of the wine), but the charges were dropped when he was committed for psychiatric evaluation. He spent the next six months in a psychiatric hospital before being released on 21 January 1983. Fagan's mother later said, "He thinks so much of the Queen. I can imagine him just wanting to simply talk and say hello and discuss his problems.""

This electronic new wave version of God Save the Queen has slightly friendlier lyrics confirming Fagan's mother's sentiment as he says things like, "I mean it kids, I love the Queen."



Girls & Boys - Helge's 87 - Andrew Mountain Records - AMR-2001 - 1987

It appears Sweden has recreational cafes that are equipped with musical instruments and rehearsal spaces for 10 to 16 year-olds to use. The 2013 movie 'We Are The Best' had something like this. Sometimes they record the groups and in 1987 one such cafe in Gävle, Sweden called Helge's put out this record. A lot of the older kids featured were into heavy metal and were skilled at playing their instruments, but their recordings are nowhere near as interesting as the younger, inexperienced kids' attempts at synth-pop and punk. It's not unlike the girls playing their song 'Hate The Sport' in the aforementioned movie.

Secret Metal - The Cop

Minimax - Disconight

Pink Babycats - The Hunting

Mix Music - Let's Go


Boundstone School Presents Gynt On The Rocks - Self Released - HAS LP 4076 - 1978

The liner notes:
"The production which we present for you on this record is a new show based on Isben's epic story 'Peer Gynt'. It has been re-written and updated with original music written by an ex-pupil of the school, Paul Rogers.
The show involves a company of well over one hundred pupils from the school in all areas of production, actors, technicians, make-up artists, set builders and costume makers.
Peer Gynt is a rebel teenager who, after finding himself in a great deal of trouble, journeys to London where he finds himself in the midst of the Punk Rock scene and then travels to Hollywood where he becomes involved in the making of a film. He eventually meets his downfall, although of course, we endeavour to bring you a happy ending".


Nadine Expert - It's Up To You - AB Productions - A.B.P. 300001 - 1979

Perhaps the best song by Nadine Expert is 'Let Me Play With My Doll,' arranged by library whiz Benoît Kaufman and written by Jean-Luc Azoulay (under the name Jean-François Porry) who is responsible for a number of children's records throughout the 80's not to mention Computer.


Pierô - Quelle Époque Épique Et Punk - Eurodisc 911 197 - 1979

According to google translate, the song opens like this:

Hi guys (yeah)
Your guitars are out of tune? (yeah)
Today we will make punque (yeah)
Forward, the infernal machine
Ein, zwei, drei, quatre

Other amusing lines:

A safety pin planted in cheek, here does not hurt me
(It hurts me a lot)

It is my life punk overdose

I fall back into the immeasurable emptiness of my ephemeral nihilism!

And my royalties and my copyright, you know what I do, huh? You know what I'm going to do with all that dough? Well I'm happy to cash in! I'm still not punk at this point.


Stéfan - J'suis Pas Méchant / Zéro Tic - Vogue ‎45.X.1146 - 1979

Plastic Bertrand and François George (Friswa) wrote these songs, and Bertrand produced it. Stefan, the adorable miniature Plastic Bertrand on vocals only has one record apparently, although I think there's at least a chance that he could also be the Stephane who worked with Plastic Bertrand in the Abbacadabra musical where Plastic Bertrand played Pinocchio. That same Stephane also raps. I'm just saying it's possible and that I hope it's the same person.

J'suis Pas Méchant translates as I'm Not Naughty and the song includes a line where Stefan says he no longer wets the bed. Zéro Tic is more of a play on words.

Zéro-lling Stones

...and so on. Which makes the song title a pretty risque thing for a child to sing about. One line, "mes Mercredis sont classés X" translates into "my Wednesdays are rated X."

The line "Zéro de cuir" or Zero leather, seems fitting, as this is entirely plastic.


Michael O'Brien & John Elk - How To Speak Modern - Gamera Records GR - 001 - 1980

From the record: "this is a primer for the new language for modern living for English speaking people who want to be understood by and talk to punk rockers, art students, computer programmers, and generally speaking, the avant-garde." The liner notes state that this is "inspired by and dedicated to Del Close & John Brent," for their How To Speak Hip record of 1961. The liner notes also credit the "music on punk & new wave by Spys © 1980."


Various - The Insane Darrell Wayne's No Disco Album - BOMP! ‎BLP 4006 - 1979

The Insane Darrell Wayne must've held a contest for bands to submit anti-disco songs and picked the best for this comp.There's more than a few duds, and a Bags pseudonym (Sgab From the Planet Zed) that's so-so, and much of the low points the record come from the bands trying to mockingly emulate disco in some way. And much of the high points come from apparent Devo-worship. Case in point: 'Love Train' by Cap'N Crisco & The Disco Ninnies.

Flash Boyancy seem to be doing 'My Sharona' via Devo, with plenty of turd gags in 'Disco Defecation.'

Ground Zero's intentionally undance-able 'Dance With The Machines' is less soothing than the Normal's 'Warm Leatherette' and seems most critical of the disco culture with great lines such as "you say this music's an inferno, but I don't see a fire, I see a floor of slave units, trendy sequined robots programmed by the beat, programmed to dance."

Perhaps the USA's drum-machine led answer to Chris Spedding's 'Pogo Dancing' is Cindy & The Gidget Haters' 'Pogoin's For Me.'

The back of the sleeve explains the record:

"It is so expressed that our distaste for disco music has grown to the point of outward expression and so, being intelligent individuals, we have chosen the vehicle of entertainment to attempt a non-violent approach to convey the concept of "No Disco." The songs on this album were selected as the best from an immense pile of "No Disco" music submitted to KROQ. They are the honest expression of a generation with its own music to make. We make no apologies for any of it - it may be rude, crude, rough, raw, and even bad... but it's better than disco!"

- Darrell Wayne