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.
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.