For the first time ever the four sides the 101’ers released on Chiswick are gathered together on one handy extended-play 7-inch vinyl record.
The 101’ers had emerged, amateurishly, out of the West London squat scene – muddy waters of Latin American exiles, White Panthers, junkies, trainee accountants and would-be stars. At times, there had been more people in the band than the audience. At the Hope, it was the best – and last – 101’ers line-up. Loud as a jet engine, wild and tough, full-hearted.
On drums was “Snakehips” Dudanski, elbows wide, arms thin as spaghetti, bashing out a lopsided beat. Dan Kelleher, half-bearded, was studiously hunched over his semi-acoustic bass. Clive Timperley was a guitar ace in a cowboy shirt. And there was Joe Strummer in a grubby pinkish zoot suit, shouting as much as singing. He finished the show high on top of his amp, screaming and preaching and thrashing on his distressed Telecaster.
Side A: Keys To Your Heart / 5 Star Rock'n'Roll Petrol
Side B: Sweet Revenge / Rabies (From The Dogs Of Love)
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