It’s A Fair Cop

My Spiky Dread conspirator Ed Zed alerted me to this record a few days ago. Dug from his vaults, Mr Zed had forgotten about The Unwanted’s stab at reggae, and as far as stabbing goes, this is the sound of a band having a stab in the dark with a rusty butter knife.

The dictionary definition of punk chancers, accidentally rising to fame with the inclusion of “Freedom” on EMI’s chart topping “The Roxy London WC2 (Jan – Apr 77)” LP, The Unwanted went through a myriad of lineup changes recording a handful of singles in the process before jacking it in and moving on to spearhead the Goth movement, form The Psychedelic Furs or make Goa Trance depending on which member you point your accusing finger at.

“Secret Police”, released in ’78, is the perfect example of a record which straddles the fence separating punk-reggae from cod-reggae in the best possible way. It may well be a cash in, it’s certainly not the greatest track I’ll be sharing here but it’s well worth a listen none the less…

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