14 Apr 2017

# 494 State Secrets - Black hippies

Side a: 1. Black hippies , 2. Life on a wire
Side b: 1. Reformation , 2. Spies and secret agents
UK 1980
A very fine underproduced DIY 4 track punk platter by this english band. I can't locate where the band came from. It was recorded at the very well known Carco Studios in Rochdale/UK. If you have more informations about this group, please let me know.  Enjoy it like i do !


Band picture , Courtesy by Nick Reynolds


bristolboy said...

From North Wales


State Secrets – Corwen punk-new wave band formed 1979 from the ashes of The Predictors. Had an Iggy Pop-like lead singer and played many gigs in the North West. Rel a single ‘Black Hippies / Life On A Wire’ (Real To Reel 1980), rec at Cargo in Rochdale, prod by John Brierly. Trevor Williams says of Life On A Wire, ‘a good tune, using the James Bond theme as a bass line long before Oasis came along nicking riffs.’ Used to rehearse at a hippy commune where they lived. Also called Typewriter Sect

schoub said...


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Thank you in advance,
Schoub (from France)

jes said...

thanks for this band :)

koi seo said...

thanks for this post.


Nick said...

The tune that I nicked the Bond theme for was actually Spies & Secret Agents. I played it on a fretless bass which occasionally made things interesting live! Life On A Wire was about various Gerry Anderson shows from my childhood. Ian Tomblin and I shared lyric writing on the A side and I wrote the B side lyrics; guitar riffs were supplied by Ramones aficionado Gary Jones. We did record another set of songs with drummer Chud promoted to lead singer and Gary's brother Andy on drums; tracks were Negative Attitudes, Autopsy and God Signs Off. It was cassette only release and sadly I've lost my original :(

Nick said...

Group photo: http://i63.tinypic.com/sxf7d5.jpg

Top: Ian Tomblin, Nick Reynolds
Bottom: Chud Williams, Gary Jones

Rampage said...

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razor said...

hi nick! thanks for leaving a comment! that's sad, that you had lost your copy of the cassette. it would be very interesting to hear the other songs. hopefully someone will give you a copy of your own recordings. cheers!