Saturday, 24 October 2015
Desperate Bicycles - Advice On Arrest
Pioneering punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue issued a call to arms back in '77 when it proclaimed "here are 3 chords, now form a band." It was a suggestion that was acted upon by a generation of bored kids who were discovering that you didn't have to be a talented musician to be in a band and make music.
One band who were a prime example of the punk diy ethos were The Desperate Bicycles who formed in Dalston, East London, in March 1977 and who's intent was to record and release a single on their own label (Refill Records). They booked a local studio for 3 hours and for the princely sum of £153 produced the Smokescreen 7", a debut single which turned enough of a profit to finance the follow up, The Medium Was Tedium.
Next up was the New Cross, New Cross ep (from which today's song is taken) and then another single called Occupied Territory. Their only album was a Porky Prime Cut (if you're an old bugger like myself, you'll possibly remember that record engineer George "Porky" Peckham would etch his trademark into the run out grooves of many of the eras vinyl discs) called Remorse Code.
One more single followed, Grief Is Very Private, before they split in 1981. It's not easy to get hold of their records nowadays as they've never wanted to go down the road of re releasing or reissuing.
This is Advice On Arrest......
it won't happen here
they can't do it to me
i've got nothing to fear
never seen the spg
we've got democracy
who needs solidarity
this is what to do when it happens to you!
shout out your name
take all their numbers
make witnesses for your defence
at the station they will search you
make a list of your belongings
don't sign for something you don't own
at the station there'll be questions
don't answer, see a lawyer first
don't make a written statement without legal advice