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This was a CD insert that was supposed to be on an aborted SALLY SKULL retrospective called “Skullduggery”. By aborted, I mean it never came out, and that 1994-97 Sally Skull stuff is still nearly impossible to find unless you drop a few bucks on one of their two 45s via Discogs.

Of course, you can get the entire backstory on this excellent raw garage/artpunk band via Dynamite Hemorrhage #1 fanzine, which has an interview w/ Claire & Saskia from the band.

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INTERNATIONAL STRIKE FORCE were a late 90s UK band who grew out of the recently-disbanded Golden Starlet; while not all their stuff’s top drawer, I’m all-in on the best of their noisy, crazed low-budget art/punk jams, with lackadaisical upper-crust vocals and lyrics. This one’s called “Action Man” is from a split 45 from 2000 with something called Black Cat #13.

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GOLDEN STARLET were a British mostly-female band who played an aggressive, loud-punk version of C86 Scottish pop during their brief time on the planet, cira 1994-95. Some might even have called them “riot grrls”. Grrr! 

Everything they did’s on vinyl only, and is collected on an LP called “Token Gadgy”. This track comes from their excellent 1994 “Cheap Tartlets” 7"EP and is entitled “Girl’s Gotta Fanclub”.

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I have spent a good part of this holiday break sick with a cold, and therefore catching up on home-based projects of a musical nature instead of shouldering my half of the parenting and whatnot. I have digitized a few records I’d recently bought, because I – sacre bleu! – don’t own a real turntable anymore, just one of those USB plug-and-burn things that allow me to turn vinyl into 1’s and 0’s.

I recently roasted up the 1995 Vesuvius Records 10"EP “IN SPELUNCA”, which I paid twenty bucks for in order to have the compleat works of all-female Scottish 90s lo-fi garage pop band SALLY SKULL in my possession. This was the capper, and it contains their first recorded song, “Raven”, which I’m posting for you here. It has a surprising sax addition and a more understated lo-fi bounce than their later two EPs. I hope ya like it.

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Played this song on Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #2, my podcast, which you can stream here and download here, but maybe you don’t have time for all that.

In that case, meet PETTY CRIME. The sum of their recorded history is one 5-song 7"EP on the UK’s Slampt Records in 1998. This one’s called “Mathematics” and it’s a corker. Wound-up, stuttering, female-fronted British speed-punk written in algebra.