BBC Sessions (Vinyl Japan AHOY CD 88)
||The BBC CD is split between two John Peel sessions and a live concert. The first session was aired on August 8th 1977 and features material from the then forthcoming Boys debut album.|
Kicking off with a blistering version of the not-very-PC "Sick On You", we're also treated to "First Time", "Cop Cars", "Box Number" and "Livin' In The City". The session closes with an unreleased track, "Rock Relic", later re-recorded with different lyrics as "Not Ready" on the second Boys album, "Alternative Chartbusters".
The second session was broadcast on May 15th 1978 and includes three tracks from their second album, "Brickfield Nights", "Classified Susie" and their homage to acne and The Ramones, "TCP", only this version of "TCP" has specially amended lyrics with sarcastic references to the then BBC disc-jockeys in a blatant attempt to get airplay for the new single. The lyrics look a bit dated now, as most of the DJ's are now resident in the great DJ retirement home, but they're still funny nonetheless.
"BBC play our single please.
Also included in the session is an interesting cover of the Farrell/Dixon record, "Boys", made famous by The Beatles on their "Please Please Me" album, and played again recently on The Boys dates in Japan. The live concert was recorded just after The Boys had finished supporting The Ramones on the End Of The Century tour in 1980 and captures the band in fine form. Demonstrating how they could easily recreate the energy and excitement of their records, the CD is a good reminder of what an amazing live band The Boys were and makes the prospect of possible UK gigs even more exciting
Hanson (November 1999)
Originally appeared in 'Ramones UK Fan Club Newsletter' No.23.
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