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Tommy Keene - Strange Alliance / Nightman - Remember You / Slickee Boys - Disconnected / the Dark - Late Show / the Nurses - Runnin' Around / Velvet Monkeys - Shadow Box / Black Market Baby - World at War // Nightman - It's the Kink / Black Market Baby - America's Youth / Velvet Monkeys - Drive In / the Dark - Breakdown / Slickee Boys - Can't Believe / the Nurses - Tina's Smile / Tommy Keene - the Heart
10? test pressings
1000 copies on black vinyl (two different covers)
Limp Records 1005, 1981
Recording Info: The Dark, the Nurses, and Velvet Monkeys were engineered by Don Zientara at Inner Ear with Skip Groff producing. The other tracks were engineered by Mark Greenhouse at Track with Ted Niceley producing. The Nurses songs were released on a 7" prior to the release of this LP, Remember You by Nightman was released on their LP. Both BMB songs appeared on the Bitzcore retrospective, and World At War was released on a split 7" with the Bad Brains in 1990. America's Youth was also the B side of the rejected Crimes of Passion 7" (same version, despite what the liners to that record say).
Notes: B side test press label is shown (A side is blank). The brown cover was supposed to look aged, but came out looking like "shoe polish" according to Skip. Release date was October 25, 1981.
Skip's Comments: The Connected LP was my attempt to--back in the sixties there were various times where there'd be albums where there'd be...uh, there's one album in particular that I had in mind when I did Connected, it was on MGM and they had two songs each by like six British beat bands that they were trying to break at that period in time, and the Animals were one of them. They highlighted them because they were already big with House of the Rising Sun. The other bands were the Moquettes, the Cherokees, and some other bands. It was called Mickie Most Presents British Go Go, and it always just impressed me, so I wanted to take two tracks each by a diverse assortment of groups that I was working with and put them out. Instead of just relegating them to 45 and having them tie up space and money and not do anything, I felt that an album would be a little longer lasting.
The Velvet Monkeys: Don Fleming has gone on to great fame and produced a lot of people, including Pete Yorn and things like that.
Tommy Keene's on there. Those cuts have never appeared anywhere else, although one of them is in a different version on one of his albums.
The Dark, as I mentioned before, those two cuts are a better representation of what they were about than the ones on the EP--although the EP has, lately, been finding great favor with European girl group collectors who like things like the M&Ms, the Go Gos, the Bangles, that sort of thing.
Who am I leaving out...Black Market Baby, obviously, the Slickee Boys, and the Nurses. The Slickee Boys, if I remember correctly, it's a remixed version of Gotta Tell Me Why that I did.
That one was on the Best of Limp.
What the hell is on there by the Slickee Boys, then?
Two tracks recorded at the Here to Stay session. Disconnected and...the other one I can't remember.
Okay, so the two tracks there I didn't have anything to do with.
The Nurses were the two sides of the single that hadn't been released, which explains why I put it on an album. I always wondered about that. I said, "Why'd I put those two on the album if I'd already put them on a single?" but now I know, because the single was never released.
Reviews: On the one hand this LP is incredible, bringing together the Nurses and Slickee Boys at the top of their game and Black Market Baby on their way up, but on the other hand Tommy Keene and Nightman do their best to turn mediocrity into a virtue. In both cases the bands are basically the Razz with someone else singing, which is disappointing given how good the Razz could be, but hardly surprising given the nueovo wavo direction they were going in towards the end. I had some mean things to say about the Dark as well, but their 7" is actually pretty good, so I won't.
Headline / Not Together / Playing's Done / Love Warfare / Skanky / Waiting / Remember You // No Escape / Critical Line / Working / Secrets / Find A Way / Time To Go
1000? copies on black vinyl
Limp Records 1006, 1981
Lineup: Ted Niceley - bass / Michael Colburn - guitars, vocals / William Craig - guitars, vocals / Doug Tull - drums
Recording Info: Recorded at No Evil Studios. Engineered by Malcolm Peplow. Waiting and Secrets recorded at Track. Engineered by Mark Greenhouse. Post production by Mark Greenhouse and Ted Nicely. Remember You previously released on Connected.
Skip's Comments: When it came time to record the album the Razz had broken up, so Mike basically got rid of everyone else who was in the band and took all the guys from Razz and he became the frontman.
Reviews: They probably play this LP in elevators. Easy listening. This is the only Limp record that I don't like, and I really don't have much to offer other than my scorn...
Tommy Keene - Strange Alliance 12":
Notes: Released on Avenue, mastered for Limp. Less than a thousand copies.
Skip's Comments: Nightman did that album for us and then Tommy Keene took them as his band, including Mike Colburn, to record the Strange Alliance album, which was supposed to be a Limp release. That came right around the same time as the Teen Idles record, and I had stopped putting out records. I encouraged Tommy to start his own label and he made Avenue Records and put it out himself. If you look at the etching it's got a Limp number there, like 1008 or 1010 or something.
He pressed up a limited edition 45 to include with the first pressing of the thing, the Back to Zero and Mr. Roland.
Reviews: Don't have this one. Given the prices it goes for and the fact that I didn't like his two cuts on Connected, I'm not particularly eager to acquire one either.
Nurses - Studious Behavior CS:
Skip's Comments: That's just something I financed.
Reviews: This is a collection of studio material (the companion to Disconcerted).
I don't own this, though I would dearly love to. If you have a copy you don't want, I'd love to hear from you.
Tina Peel - Extra Kicks CS:
Skip's Comments: Never heard of that. I'll have to ask Marty about that, Kim Kane. I don't know about that.
Reviews: Top dollar is offered for one 'o these. If you have a copy you don't want, email me.
I think that's the last of the Limp releases, but Skip was surprised by the Tina Peel tape, so there may be more.
All that remains now are some oddities and the realm of possibility...covered on the next page.
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