VARIOUS ARTISTS New Musical Express: Pogo A Go Go! (Cassette 1986)

NME: Pogo A Go Go! (1986)
Flashback Time

I swiped this from the blog Press Play And Record, who are doing something pretty cool by digitizing dozens of ancient cassettes given away by the UK’s New Musical Express (and other mags) back in the 80s. These are great little time capsules capturing a moment in time that some wish they’d never left, and this particular edition, Pogo A Go Go! (NME 021), is a fun blast of late 70s punk and new wave. The rip is top-notch (@192), even though the unreleased demos are kinda shoddy, but blame NME’s sources for that. It was the 80s, after all. Still, it’s a worthy collection for those that long ago lost these documents of an earlier technological age. Visit Press Record And Play for more of the same.

THE SEX PISTOLS Satellite (Suburban Kid) (Unreleased Version) (4:08)
THE UNDERTONES True Confessions (1:54)
THE NIPPLE ERECTORS King Of The Bop (2:03)
SHAM 69 Borstal Breakout (2:04)
THE DAMNED Stretcher Case Baby (1:45)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS Watching The Detectives (A Demo Version) (4:29)
THE STRANGLERS Choosey Susie (3:10)
VICTIM Strange Thing By Night (2:57)
THE CLASH 1977 (Demo) (1:43)
JOHNNY MOPED Incendiary Device (2:07)
THE SLITS Typical Girls (3:54)
ALTERNATIVE TV Love Lies Limp (3:03)
SWELL MAPS Read About Seymour (1:27)
THE JAM In The City (2:17)
THE FALL Bingo Master’s Breakout (2:23)
SUBWAY SECT Ambition (3:03)
WIRE Dot Dash (2:22)
THE BUZZCOCKS Orgasm Addict (2:01)


  • Willard
    December 17, 2012 - 10:34 | Permalink

    Search HERE

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  • Indiana Scott
    December 17, 2012 - 12:13 | Permalink

    This is a terrific compilation! Thanks!

  • Robert
    December 17, 2012 - 15:52 | Permalink

    We were all younger back then.
    Was the “Watching the detectives” demo ever released on a CD?

    • Willard
      December 17, 2012 - 15:57 | Permalink

      Not sure, but I don’t think so. It’s a band version, not one of E’s solo acoustic takes.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    December 17, 2012 - 16:30 | Permalink

    Very cool. Thanks!

  • allan
    December 18, 2012 - 14:51 | Permalink

    The Stranglers’ sample reminds me a bit of Springsteen’s “Cynthia”. Anyone else?

  • Duncan Walls
    December 19, 2012 - 01:43 | Permalink

    “Typical Girls…read MA-A-A-A-AG-azines”. Wow! I still HAVE this one. I held on to my cassettes when I did my quarter million record dump in 1993. Counted over 5000 a couple of yeras ago…wish I had MY mixtapes from back then. Gave most of them away, only kept a few. One good friend gave me ten cassettes FULL of 45s I would let him borrow (150-200 at a time) sadly he was nortorius for NOT documenting HIS mixes of my records. I’ve been struggling through them at least once a year. Aaah, cassette culture! Import special packs, cassette ONLY releases…i have THOUSANDS of local cassettes of bands between demos for my live radio show…hell I must have a least as many (almost) home made CDs from 13 years of booking festivals.

  • G
    December 20, 2012 - 13:55 | Permalink

    Hello Captain – and, as always, many thanks for the continuing travels and adventures of The Boat….
    I’m sure most of your passengers know – but in case there are some who aren’t aware – if one is listening to his NME selection – if they are listening to Side One Number 3 (yes it’s a cassette tape but you still had to flip it over like one must do with vinyl) you are listening that, hmmmm, distinctive voice of Shane MacGowan of The Pogues & The Popes. And – if I remember correctly – at least one of The Nips was part of The Men They Couldn’t Hang
    All Praise To The Boat!

  • January 9, 2013 - 22:32 | Permalink

    Despite NME’s liner notes, the “demo” of Watching the Detectives is actually a live track… don’t have the info at my fingertips right now but check the Elvis Costello Wiki for full info… not just on this track, but EC in general! Thanks as always, Capt.

    • Willard
      January 10, 2013 - 00:36 | Permalink

      Thanks for the info.

  • Kitanda
    February 13, 2013 - 22:21 | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this, those NME compilations were superb, great variety, the ones I had are gathering dust in a loft back in Scotland. I was really looking forward to finding more on the site you mention but as someone else noticed, MF have done the dirty, aaarrghh ! Any more avaialble ? Thanks again for this one, appreciated.

    • Willard
      February 13, 2013 - 22:26 | Permalink

      Don’t have an MF link. Only ZS and DF. For more of these cassettes, follow the link in the text to Press Record And Play, where we swiped this.

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