Wednesday, December 17, 2008


(Note - this is a re-post of some songs that originally appeared on Detailed Twang on October 4th, 2007)

1984 in England. I get flashbacks to The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Smiths, The Cocteau Twins and even “Red Lorry Yellow Lorry” and “Half Man Half Biscuit”. What about you? Under the indie radar and pretty much unknown in the US were a British act called THE SID PRESLEY EXPERIENCE, named after three dead rock music icons. They were a loud-ass, short-lived British group who, on their first of only two singles, produced a hot, panic-filled "Batman"-like TV theme instrumental A-side called “Public Enemy Number One”, matched with an angry, sneering original on the flip called “Hup Two Three Four”. It was produced & engineered to be bleeding way, way, way into the red, and if memory serves me, it was released both as a 45 and as a 12”. (I have the former; I’ll bet the latter is even more damaged-sounding). On their next 45 they took on John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey” and totally nailed it, to the point where that’s the version I hear in my head during the rare times it pops to mind.

“Public Enemy Number One” was the intro music to a formative 1984-89 radio show on KCSB-FM Santa Barbara during my late teens called “Strictly Disco”, hosted by Eric Stone. Stone has the greatest record collection of punk, garage & indie 45s I’d ever seen to date, and I still possess a C-90 cassette I got to make of some of his singles that I heard for the first time either at his house or on his show: The Electric Eels’ “Agitated”; The Misfits’ “Bullet”; the Naked Raygun “Basement Screams” EP – and this one. Hopefully it’ll show up on some of your cassettes in the near future, now that you own it – or will when you click the links below.

Play The Sid Presley Experience - "Public Enemy Number One"

Download THE SID PRESLEY EXPERIENCE: “Public Enemy Number One” (A-side)
Download THE SID PRESLEY EXPERIENCE: “Hup Two Three Four” (B-side)


Anonymous said...

This is indeed a great single - any chance of posting the follow-up one day?!

Holly said...

'Cold Turkey" is easy to grab off the net. See also the Godfathers' version, which is the one I was listening to back in the day...2 members of Sid Presley morphed into the Godfathers.

Donna Lethal said...

Yep - I saw them back then in Boston.