This is more a case of sharing my disappointment than sharing a track today. In fact I probably shouldn’t share this at all but having spotted the Star Trekkin’ 7″ on ebay earlier, I had a fleeting glimmer of hope that Dub Trek might have seen The Firm take the opportunity to display some debarred dexterity on the flipside of their infuriatingly catchy 1987 chart topper.
Sadly, as I should have assumed, it’s not some kind of fractured rework or an artistic statement to offset the horror on side A, though it is something of a moderate oddity. In hindsight the minute’s worth of atmospheric strings is enough to fill the listener with dread once you know what follows, and for those brave enough to press play, I wont spoil it for you.
In an effort to somehow qualify this as Skank Blog worthy, Dub Trek was engineered by Brian O’Shaughnessy, notable for his mixing-desk prowess alongside Andrew Weatherall on Primal Scream’s Screamadelica LP. Not to mention The Firm’s own Captain John O’Connor who worked on the soundtrack to Peter Jackson’s blood and spew splattered debut Bad Taste that same year.
In keeping with the post-punk spirit, The Firm self released this little monster having been turned down by every label they approached, yet somehow Star Trekkin’ went rocketing it’s way up to the number one spot.
Really though, Dub Trek should have no place on these pages, however thanks to the likes of East 17 and Blazing Squad it is far from the worst record to come out of Walthamstow.
In case you’re wondering – I didn’t buy it.