Perhaps one of the most â€œdevelopmentally delayedâ€Â – and yet paradoxically miles ahead of the pack – releases of the go-go late 70s would be the three tracks from THE PRATS that made it to the EARCOM 1 record on the Fast Product label. These Scots helped redefine shambling, spasmodic, inepto-rock. Their primitiveness to me almost comes off as a bit forced at times (â€œInvernessâ€Â), but damn me if I still donâ€™t totally dig listening to their joyous mess when I get the gumption. It defines the learning-to-play-on-the-job ethos of late 70s Britain, and a period that generated some of finest 45s of any era. The EARCOM 1 12â€Â compilation was a collection of â€œup and comingâ€Â bands from the British Isles, and also included the BLANK STUDENTS, the much-underrated FLOWERS and others. EARCOM 2 came out a year or so later, and had legendary eardrum rippers from Americans like the MIDDLE CLASS and NOH MERCY.
Well, Iâ€™m hoping to help kick up a cloud of PRATS mania, since it turns out thereâ€™s a new compilation of their compleat works now out called â€œNow Thatâ€™s What I Call Prats Musicâ€Â. One of their songs even turned up in the remake of â€œThe Manchurian Candidateâ€Â that no one saw. Lots more to learn & do over at their site, but in the meantime, hereâ€™s those Earcom 1 tracks.