Welcome To My Blog

Thanks for checking the blog out... Hope it offers something a bit different every now & again. Though I come from a pseudo - Mod background (Soul & Ska in particular), I have a diverse taste in music & hope my varied posts will reflect this.

Cheers Skamanc .... I'm not after your undying gratitude, but please leave your thoughts, comments & opinions on the posts & content. I regularly up- & download material, plus buy and trade items. As such, if I have inadvertently "trodden on anyone's toes" in posting anything then please let me know & accept my apologies. Also please support the artists involved & remember that the blog is merely a pointer toward these various downloads, which are stored elsewhere. Legally, any downloads should not be retained for more than a week. So now I've told you the legal bit !

Feel free to give me a shout : waltjabsco@hotmail.com

Manchester M22, September 2016

For my kids, Dylan & Tommy. Bollocks to the ex Mrs!

Special thanks to Steve White (software), Gordon Waring (music), Shaun Robinson (artwork), Paul Buddery (DVD's / software) & Sonchey Barrett (essential technical advice!).

"Thank you" also to regular contributors Herr Pauli (Malente, Germany), Phil (Shetland), Deco Mc Dermott & Mark Pengelly of Dublin, Martin Smith (Barnet), Paul Baily (London) and Rodd (Australia).

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Wliko Johnson + Lew Lewis rarities 1980 - 83 (+ Stranglers !)

                                                       Wilko and Lew rarities 80-83

As Skamanc loves Wilko and that makes two of us, here's a few rarities you may not have caught! As we had Wilko's track with Burnel in the Summer Sampler post, here's the Stranglers with Lew Lewis in '78, and also the Stranglers' re-recorded version of Mean To Me after the first Celia & The Mutations single the previous year.

Stranglers - Black And White FREE 9 white EP:
01 Old Codger (w. Lew Lewis and George Melly)
02 Mean To Me (Cornwell vocals, not Celia Gollin)

Wilko Johnson 1980 - Ice free single:
01 Back In The Night
02 She Does It Right

Wilko Johnson & Lew Lewis live 1983 in France - In Memory Of Muddy Waters, 3-track bootleg E.P.
01 - Rolling And Tumbling
02 - Sneakin' Suspicion
03 - I Got My Mojo Working

Wilko Johnson & Lew Lewis Band - 1983 - Bottle Up And Go! EP
01 - Caravan Man (great dub-tinged blues!)
02 - Bottle Up And Go!
03 - I Wanna Be Your Lover
04 - Looked Out My Window

As usual for all my posts, check the comments for additions and re-ups ... and ta leave thanks, ya ungrateful boogers! Cheers, Dave Sez.


THE ADVERTS : Demo's 1977 - 78

It was great to see this fantastic outfit on the recent Punk Britannia series. Dave's latest post has some rare demo's for our delight...

Adverts - Demos 1977 + 1978

By request here are some Adverts demos.

Demos 1977

01. One Chord Wonders
02. New Boys
03. Quickstep
04. We Who Wait
05. Bored Teenagers

Demos 1978

01. Fate Of Criminals
02. Television's Over
03. Love Songs
04. I Surrender


Reupped from bat29's late great post at http://noiseaddiction.blogspot.com; follow him at http://noiseaddiction2.blogspot.com.

Go thank the man! Cheers, Dave Sez.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Dave Sez : Summer Sampler

                                              Dave Sez - Summer Sampler for Skamanc....

The summer rolls in around my part of the world, so time to celebrate the sun with some original ska and early punk rarities from the archive!

- the proto-Clash 101ers live in May 76 (Jail Guitar Doors and Junco Partner)

- the two original versions of Armagideon Time from 1969 and 1978, and a great live Clash version from 1980

- both 1977 singles from the secret Stranglers/Wilko group, Celia And The Mutations

- Ultravox's first 1975 single as Tiger Lily

- a UK '76 ska-tinged single by Anglo-Ethiopian Mari Elliott, first single by the pre-Bondage Poly Styrene

- and, last but very definitely not least, the best '77 punk anthem you never heard - Rough Trade's 001, Metal Urbain with Paris Maquis - up there with "Anarchy in the UK".

Full pics and detailed texts for each single included. Enjoy! All one easy download at:


Don't forget to go thank those kind posters whilst getting the music they've offered - your thanks keep the blogosphere rolling!

More rare Wilko is here:


For Dave Sez and friends' megapost of the Gang of Four, see


Remember to check the comments to all my posts for additions and re-ups ... and maybe to say thanks? Cheers for now, Dave Sez.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

THE SPECIALS : USA / Canadian Gigs 1980 -81 (Part 1)

Please Help The Blog's Laptop Appeal - see bottom of Page...

I was looking through some discs and hard drives recently prior to re-uploading a file for a mate. During this laborious search I came across several gems, including the material below...

I have several more, somewhere... might have to take them off the cd's again & do a part 2 of this post sometime in the near future....

Here then are some Specials gigs from the USA & Canada from 1980 -81 that are long overdue either a repost or a first airing on the blog... Anything that has been previously posted has a new sharecode.

As always, many thanks to the original bootleggers.

Sat Nite Live TV Show clip (audio) 1980

Seattle Showbox Feb 1st 1980

Whisky A Go Go, LA, Feb 8th1980

Speaks Club, Long Island, March 2nd 1980 Pt1

Speaks Club 1980 Pt2
Schaumberg 21/3/80

Oakville, Ontario (Canada) 23/8/81

On the subject of The Specials & Two Tone, I am hoping to sell a few copies of the Dance Craze film on DVD format (which it has never officially been released on). The VHS tape is, of course, long deleted, and these have been on e-bay for a while.

I am currently in dispuite with e-bay & need to directly sell a few units to replace my old PC, which is dying fast and is taking longer & longer to perform even the mos basic task. For example, logging on to the net is about 30mins now, and an average post on the blog takes about 2 hours.

I am after a cheap & cheerful, half decent laptop and so am selling copies of Dance Craze, including UK postage, for a fiver.

I also have a unique, professional remaster of Dance Craze, with new graphics, black  white sections & lead ins & outs between tracks. This is also a fiver, though I will do both for £9.00 again inclusive of UK postage.

Donations to the blog are of course still most welcome...

Payment can be made via Paypal, to the usual blog address :




I hate to make the blog look like a market place, but I need a "new" PC asap as I can't keep relying on the library, and they're only open "sensible" hours.. Plus, if I get one, I can make good use of the free wifi in McDonalds etc to keep the blog rolling along !!

The DVD is a good quality copy & is boxed with a basic label & sleeve. If you buy both there is one box, with the 2nd disc in a clear slip sleeve inside the box...

Friday, 22 June 2012

THE BUZZCOCKS + HOWARD DEVOTO : Manchester O2 Apollo 25/5/12

As many regulars & visitors will be aware, I am a huge fan of the modern day genius that is Howard Devoto. As such, I have pinched this file from the link on Dave's recent Magazine Megapost and posted it directly on the blog.

Here is Disc 3, where we see the original Buzzcocks line up including Devoto after a thirty odd years hiatus. This even features John Maher on drums, who is now a big name on the custom VW scene in Manchester.

I've got a soft spot for the Buzzcocks, but just had an urge to post the "reunion" disc. The link on the megapost is the source for the previous 2x discs...

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Dave Sez : Magazine Megapost Part (2)

Massive thanks to Dave for part two of his Magazine megapost - more great & RARE material from my hometown post punk outfit. Please remember to leave a note or two for Dave...
Magazine - Definitive Daze - demos and live 1977

1.Shot By Both Sides (Devoto/Shelley)
2.Sandwiches (Devoto/McGeoch; early version Of My Mind Ain't So Open)
3.The Light Pours Out Of Me (Devoto/McGeoch/Shelley)
4.Motorcade (Devoto/Dickinson)
5.Touch And Go (Devoto/McGeoch)
6.Burst (Devoto)
7.Shot By Both Sides (Devoto/Shelley)
8.The Light Pours Out Of Me (Devoto/McGeoch/Shelley)
9.I Love You You Big Dummy (Captain Beefheart)

Tracks 1-6 demos recorded at Pennine Sound Studios, Oldham September 1977
Tracks 7-9 are mono & recorded live at The Electric Circus, Collyhurst, Manchester 2 November 1977

Lineup for both: vocals - Howard Devoto; guitar - John McGeogh; bass - Barry Adamson; drums - Martin Jackson.
Keyboards - Bob Dickinson for the demos, Dave Formula for the gig.

Thanks to the original posters: the great Marky Dread and others. This re-upload : mp3 @ 256, artwork and text included.


Remember to check the comments to all my posts for additions and re-ups ... and maybe to say thanks? Cheers for now, Dave Sez

ARMITAGE SHANKS : Hope & Anchor / Cacophony Now Live LP (1997)

More rare Medway trash punk from Jonny's excellent collection. Here's the "Cacophony Now" live album, recorded at the legendary Hope & Anchor in 1997. Please make sure every download sees a comment or two of thanks to Jonny for continuing to share his Medway gems with the rest of us...


This post was made possible by the IT section @ Manchester College Automotive Dept - preseumably they pay their Broadband Bills !!!

Monday, 18 June 2012

Dave Sez : Magazine Megapost Part (1)

I recently referred to a very kind offer of help from the legendary Dave Sez. Here, then, is Part One of a fantastic collection of Magazine, Devoto & Buzzcocks related material. On this topic, it was great to see Howard Devoto & BarryAdamson being interviewed as part of last Friday's "Punk Britannia" Part 3.

Please continue your fantastic support you have previously shown the blog & make sure that you leave some comments for Dave. Now its over to the man himself...

Magazine megapost - Part One

In a series of guest posts for skamanc (in thanks for the great music I've got from here), it's time to return the gift and lend a hand. For today, I'll direct you to pages on the web which you may have already visited and maybe not: in any case, the links are still live. I'd ask readers to leave thanks in the comments over there, as without these posters' generosity, we couldn't all enjoy this music. In following posts, I'll be reupping for skamanc more rare Magazine that has since disappeared from the web, notably their 1977 demos and live gig at the Electric Circus. Enough chatter: on with it.


Thanks to the wonderful eggcityradio, here are five classic Magazine gigs, including the first and best live vinyl bootleg, Back to Nature:

Magazine - Back To Nature: Boston 4th Aug 79
Magazine - Hurrah’s, NYC, 2nd Aug.79
Magazine - San Francisco, CA, 15th Aug 80
Magazine - Toronto, Canada, 21st Aug 80
Magazine - live on “Rockpalast”, Berlin, Germany, 30th Oct 80

The Boston, Toronto and Rockpalast are particularly recommended.



The original covers for Back To Nature can be found here:


Click the 'Show' button below the front cover to see the back cover.


As a reminder, Marky Dread and skamanc have already given us Rockpalast here:


as well as another gig from the 1980 US tour, Lynn, Massachusetts 10-08-80, here:



To turn to Magazine's 2009 reformation, thanks to Roy Rocket we can listen to Magazine at The Electric Proms at the Roundhouse, London 22nd October 2009, a high-quality video rip at 320 kbps.

1.Shot By Both Sides.
2.Rhythm Of Cruelty.
3.A Song From Under The Floorboards.
4.Thank You Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Agin.
5.Sweetheart Contract.
6.Feed The Enemy.
7.Give Me Everything.
8.The Book.
9.Twenty Years Ago - The Light Pours Out Of Me.
10.I Love You, You Big Dummy.



The "secret" warm-up gig for the 2009 tour was at the Zodiac, Oxford on 10th February 2009, kindly offered by Eddie Duquenne:

2.The light pours out of me
3.Model worker
4.The great beautician in the sky
5.Because you're frightened
6.You never knew me
7.Rhythm of cruelty
8.I want to burn again
9.The great man's secret
10.A song from under the flooboards
12.The book
13.Twenty years ago
14.Definitive gaze
15.Band intro-Parade
16.Shot by both sides
17.Thank you
19.I love you, you big dummy

The links are unfortunately on filefactory; be patient, free download slots do open up eventually.



Next up, something really fresh (if not so hot on the sound quality side): a Buzzcocks megathon with both old and new line-ups in Manchester in May this year, where Howard Devoto joins the original Buzzcocks line-up to replay all the tracks from Spiral Scratch on Disc 3. Go and get these ones quickly, they may disappear soon. Direct download (no file-hoster), right-click and Save As for each track.



And finally, the Magazine Mystery of the Week - who's the dork in the red pullover?


And whilst we're at it, from the same 1966 film:


Put your answers in the comments ...


Right, that should keep you busy for a while - the Magazine reuploads will be coming in due time. Meanwhile, go thank those kind posters whilst getting the music they've offered. Other Dave Sez megaposts of rarities by the Gang Of Four and Dr. Feelgood are available here:



Remember to check the comments to all my posts for additions and re-ups ... and maybe to say thanks? Cheers for now, Dave Sez.

** Picture above is a rare poster / flyer from the Astoria gig on 24/8/80 that Dave attended. This is a scan from his collection & the 1st time this has ever appeared on t'inter-web**

Friday, 15 June 2012

WILD BILLY CHILDISH & The Musicians of the British Empire

More Childish this rainy Friday afternoon...post no 954 + rising : we need something really special for the forthcoming 1000th...ideas & files always welcome.

Thanks to Mcr City Council Libraries for this post...

Thursday, 14 June 2012


Regular listeners to Jarvis Cocker's excellent BBC6 Sunday Service will probably know that John Cooper Clarke has had stints covering the broadcast. Here is an example of Johnny Clarke in action...

For Bud the Wiser.

"Enter the Dragon, exit Father Jack" !!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012


Been a while since I posted anything Childish / Milkshakes related, but after receiving Jonny's Bandits live file yesterday, I had a delve through the hard drive & rediscovered this little gem.... the great Billy Childish does it again !! Some great material and production on here, echoing the mid 60s Mod - Beat style that we love so much... Childish remains a 110% one - off character for me & deserves a proper listen.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

THE BANDITS : St George Hotel, Chatham, 6/11/92

Not to be confused with the Scots band on Creation Records (The BMX Bandits), this is a rarity by the lesser known Medway outfit The Bandits. this was sent in by courtesy of Jonny, who, I'm sure, would appreciate some comments.

 Media Fire Rapidshit

Skamanc Calling....

There's been a decent response to my moaning last week with some great offers of help, new material & the like.

First up will be a great live Medway rarity from Jonny that I'll be posting very soon.... tonight even if I can get my arse into gear ?!?!?

Dave Sez (UK Punk specialist) has made me a very kind offer of help that I'll be accepting, and Martin & Herr Pauli will be continuing their regular supply of files.

As always, any other offers of material are most welcome & would be greatly appreciated. Remember this is your blog!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

DEXY'S : One Day I'm Going To Soar album sampler (2012)

I was delighted to receive an electronic copy of this album last night courtesy of Big Gaz, who was apparently responding to my recent appeal for help with blog matters.

Been listening to it on and off all day, and its grown on me like you wouldn't believe !! Excellent songs and performance, and a great "comeback" by Rowland and Dexy's. (The "Midnight Runners" part of the name has apparently been dropped).

Here are three selected tracks off this fine new release - download it, have a listen & please post your comments, thoughts & the like.

Back on that borrowed laptop here in McDonalds... there's limits on how long I can nurse a single cup of cold coffee so I'd better post this & get going... !!

Just noticed that this is the blog's 950th published post - we should mark the 1000th with something really special...

RUMER : Boys Don't Cry album sampler (2012)

I recently heard a track off this fine album on the radio at work and then thought about other issues until this morning. My sister - in - law bought the CD over and asked me to put it onto her ipod. No problem, as long as I could cop a copy onto my hard drive.... here then  are three tracks off the CD. Have a listen & post your thoughts in the comments if you feel so inclined...

I also received an electronic copy of the new Dexys album via e-mail last night, courtesy of Big Gaz, so many thanks to him. I'll also be editing this into a sampler & posting the results.

Monday, 4 June 2012

The Blog - where do we go from here ?? An appeal...

Firstly, sorry for my recent absence from the blog, both in terms of posts and also general presence / comments & c-box.

I am, yet again, off - line, seemingly this time for the long term. As I type, I'm using a mate's laptop in the local McDonalds (free wi-fi), as I'm helping him with a college electrical assignment.

Thanks for all the comments & the c-box activity from Pauli, Martin, Jonny & Ian, my most loyal visitors. I was heartened to see the huge download figures for the John Cooper Clarke & Adverts posts, presumably after the excellent Friday Punk themed night on BBC4 last week. This was one of the original reasons for my starting the blog, in effect to act as a resource for cool, interesting & / or hard to fund material of all kinds.

I hope that I've introduced a few faces to some new acts and artists, and, in the process, pulled down some musical divisions. A recent visitor post thanked me for introducing him to The Ruts - job done !

Sadly, as things stand currently, I'm in a deep hole, and can't see a way forward for the blog in the immediate term. I am curtailed by several factors, including lack of cash, lack of Internet access & a dearth of new material to upload & then post.

Any help from the faithful, semi - regulars and even newbies is, as always more than welcome, especially as things stand just now. New files would be a godsend, either electronically or on CD-R, as would any thing else I could post, just to keep the blog going forward. I hate to sound like I'm begging, but small donations, via the paypal donate button would be much appreciated too.

New ideas are also welcomed, as my imagination is a bit lacklustre currently.

I will obviously do my best to keep the blog viable and running, and will log on as often as possible.

Thanks to everyone who has logged on to the blog for your loyalty and support over the past 2 1/2 years.

Yours, Skamanc.