SHOES – Elektrafied: The Elektra Years 1979-82

To a legion of power pop fans, Shoes are legendary. To a lot of other people – and especially those in the UK – they remain a largely unknown entity. While some fans will claim that 1977’s ‘Black Vinyl Shoes’ is the Shoes masterpiece, it merely shows a band on the rise. It’s a record with some good songs, a lot of enthusiasm and a certain amount of DIY charm – and it’s likely that DIY “cool factor” that makes it so highly prized by those vocal champions. In terms of consistency, it’s somewhat hit and miss. If you’re looking to discover a band at their peak, look no further than the three Shoes albums recorded for Elektra Records between 1979 and 1982.

This 4CD compilation presents each of those albums in full, alongside a massive vault of bonus tracks – fifty four in all – making ‘Elektrafied’ the ultimate Shoes package for the uninitiated.

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KEN FOX & KNOCK YOURSELF OUT – Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out EP

Best known as a member of Fleshtones, Ken Fox tackles retro sounds of a slightly different persuasion on his 2020 EP ‘Ken Fox And Knock Yourself Out’. Taking a pinch of 70s glam, a touch of rock ‘n’ roll, a whole world of 80s power pop and Kurt Baker‘s ability to summon good times, these five songs whip up a rock and pop storm almost guaranteed to please a wide cross section of garage rock and power pop fans.

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Watch: Take ‘One Less Step’ with Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out

A long time member of The Fleshtones, Ken Fox made his solo debut at the end of February 2020 with ‘Ken Fox & Knock Yourself Out’, a fantastic EP of power pop and garage rock tunes.

As part of the promotion for that release, Fox and his bandmates have also shot a video for the lead track ‘One Less Step’.

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JAGGER HOLLY/THE WINDOWSILL – Saving The Genre, And You Know It… (split)

When approaching a release called ‘Saving The Genre, And You Know It…’, it’s likely you’re expecting the performers to carry a certain amount of arrogance. You’re certainly heading in with high expectations. You might even expect that a title like that would be setting itself up for a fall…

NOPE! This split release between Euro punks Jagger Holly and The Windowsill is bloody amazing.

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