A Dangerous Pearl

Evening, reggae-punk punters, it’s Ed Zed here. Having recently been alerted to this blog by possibly the world’s most righteous Wrong’un, I simply couldn’t resist sticking my oar in. And I feel that such an enterprise wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Birmingham art punks, Dangerous Girls.

Released in 1978 on Happy Face Records, and sporting one of the worst sleeves I have ever seen, their eponymous debut is a deliciously unholy concoction of reggae-tinged punk with a dash of glam and prog thrown in for good measure.

The lyrics are hilariously overwrought but utterly irresistible (‘ghosts looking like Lili Mar-layn-ah / only plainer’); the thin, yet surprisingly muscular guitars ricochet off one another around vocalist Michael Cooper’s nasal sneer, and the end result is one of the most infectious singles ever produced by a gang of Exeter University students.

Rob PetersThe Girls subsequently released three other singles, two of which were on Human Records (temporary home to The Slits), though none of them quite stand up to their monstrous first.

Drummer Rob Peters went on to play for various acts including, worryingly, Everything But The Girl, while poodle-haired guitarist Beetmoll became Eric Clapton’s guitar technician. Watch him in the live video below – he may look suspiciously like Dave Mustaine from Megadeth in a boiler suit, but he makes a seriously splendid row just the same.

You’ve probably worked out by now that not one of this lot is actually a girl, yet for a short while, ladies and gentlemen… they were just a little bit dangerous.

(Dread Zed)

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2 Responses to A Dangerous Pearl

  1. casseticuts says:

    if Ed thought the proper cover was bad, check out my crappy homemade version (not homemade by me by the way, i actually bought it like this) http://twitpic.com/4vv875

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