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Protex - Strange Obsession lp (Sing Sing)


Strange Obssessions has long been the holy grail of fervent record collectors worldwide. Rumors have abound that this album had been released in Holland and or that there were a small number of white label test pressings in existence but none of these claims have ever been substantiated. As far as I can ascertain, this is the first time that ten of these tracks have become commercially available anywhere. The fruits of these Chas Chandler sessions had only been previously hinted at with the bands final singles and the track All I Wanna Do Is Rock ‘N’ Roll that appeared on the American only Polydor compilation album Made In Britain.

For these recordings to have remained unreleased for so long is a heinous crime but thankfully one that has now been rectified by those nice people at Sing Sing Records in New York City. The title track of this release is worth the entrance fee alone. A genuine teen anthem if there ever was one. A live rendition of the song was featured in the Shellshock Rock movie but to get to hear the song recorded in a proper studio is truly a blissful experience. The production is clean and crisp and it baffles me how either the band or record company were dissatisfied with these sessions at the time. Perhaps when revisited and with the hindsight of time on their side their perspectives may have changed. The Northern Ireland punk scene of the late 1970s had its own very distinctive sound. The bands from Northern Ireland were much younger than their English counterparts and were totally devoid of pretence and trickery. The stripped down to basics ethos of punk was evident in the “Belfast” sound. It was primitive and elemental but there was a huge amount of strong melodies and good lyrics thrown into the mix too. For me this release only reinforces that view further.

(Sean O'Neill; co-author of It Makes You Wanna Spit!)

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 27 August, 2010.

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