Here’s a tasty electro-trash number for Friday afternoon. Shock were a unique proposition for a band. They were a mime troupe who made records in that mad, giddy New Romantic time. You may have seen two members in the Ultravox video for “Passing Strangers.” Their debut single was produced by Richard James Burgess of Landscape along with Visage drummer Rusty Egan, so it’s state of the art electronic thrills, circa 1980.
There exists a 12″ single of this tune, but it sells for $50-$100, so I don’t have a copy yet. I only found out about this in recent years at any rate. But the song itself sounds like a Gary Glitter/Chinnichap number from several years earlier poured through the electro filter and sounding very bracing indeed! And indeed, minimal research reveals it to have been the debut 1974 7″ by The Glitter Band! I first heard it on RCA’s “Blitz” sampler LP in 1981, and went out of my way to find the 7″ single afterward. In 2002, I finally found their other 7″ single, “Dynamo Beat.” But this is such a decadent piece of electro trash that for many years I contemplated editing my own extended mix of it since it’s just always leaves me wanting more. Do they still make records that cost this much yet sound so cheap?