Thursday, May 13, 2010

Rock Pretty - The Comp that Launched Zero Careers - 1984




The Rock Pretty compilation. Very simple concept really. Four UK bands, two songs each, hopefully some of 'em rock, and hopefully some of 'em are pretty. Big shots on the record at the time were Marionette, because of Ray Zell, Kerrang, etc...then you've got The Babysitters, who were pretty much Marionette with a better sense of humor...and The Grip and the excellently-named Napalm Hearts were competent enough....but it's Aunt May who steal this record. And to this day I still have no idea who the fuck Aunt May were or are. This is the only record I've ever seen 'em on, and internet searches of the band or members return nothing. Yet their two songs on Rock Pretty are gloriously terrible and unbelievably addicting at the same time. I mean, I know these songs are terrible, but if they're so terrible how come the adult me remembered every word of both songs the teenage me listened to 20 years earlier? Aunt May, you've tortured me for decades now. I don't know where the band members - Aunt May, Marcus Sparticus, Lee Van Starz and Lance the Creature - are now, but hopefully they're somewhere in the UK living the good life off the massive royalties they made from Rock Pretty. More likely they're dead or driving a bus. Rock pretty glam fiends.

Track Listing:
The Grip "Two Hearts"
The Babysitters "Rock en Roll Chicken"
Marionette "Gettin' Sticky"
Aunt May "Flesh of the Devil"
Napalm Hearts "Little Miss Teazer"
Marionette "You Better Believe It"
Babysitters "The Beard Song"
Napalm Hearts "Suzy (was a Live Wire)"
Aunt May "Respect the Dead"
The Grip "Tension"

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/YL4vnejPnQqMx4FT79Ds9OCMV8GcGLQfuyv0X0Ey9Jt

38 comments:

  1. Amazing! Thanks, but where is The Babysitters tracks? :S

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  2. Problem has been fixed for all 11 of your that downloaded the record already. Download again for full record including Babysitters tracks.

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  3. 一棵樹除非在春天開了花,否則難望在秋天結果。..................................................

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  4. 在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」...............................................................

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  5. 生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。...............................................................

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  6. Thanks man..for reposting
    Cheers from Greece

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  7. And could you specify the date release of this,,,
    I found 2008 as date but can you find the 80's date...approximately of course????

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  8. MARIONETTE - Blonde secrets & dark bombshells
    http://rs557.rapidshare.com/files/249621970/marionetteSOTDblondesecrets.rar

    If anyone wants it!!!

    And the year might be around 1985!

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  9. 我們不是因為快樂而歌唱,而是唱歌使我們快樂........................................

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  12. 生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。......................................................................

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  14. 生命的意義,是在於活的充實;而不是在於活得長久。............................................................

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  15. 不論做什麼事,相信自己,別讓別人的一句話,把你擊倒。..................................................

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  16. 一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。............................................................

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  17. 知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。............................................................

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  18. many thanks, been looking for this for years

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  19. I was in the version of Aunt May that played in the 90s and in the 25th anniversary show in 2007, and Flesh of the Devil was my favourite song of the whole set to play! :-D I can tell you Auntie himself is still going strong, albeit enjoying a second career singing in a rock covers band.

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