THE RECORDS Paying For The Summer Of Love (1978)

Paying For The Summer Of Love (1978)
UK Power Pop Band’s 1978 Demos

In the late 70s, the short-lived UK power pop band The Records churned out meaty slices of harmonic pop that, for reasons unknown, just seemed to vanish amid the changing of the Punk/New Wave guards. Even Jude Cole’s recruitment in 1980-81 didn’t seem to help the band that arose from the ashes of beloved pubsters, The Kursaal Flyers. Too bad, too. As can be heard in these pre-debut demos, The Records’ appeal is clearly tangible on soon-to-be-ignored pop blueprints like “Starry Eyes” and “Teenarama.” Most of these high-quality, (nearly) live in the studio demos would be re-recorded and polished for their 1979 debut, Shades In Bed (a.k.a. The Records in the US), HERE. Most prefer these stripped, pure pop versions over the official album. Sadly, the group splintered in 1982, but these demos (which first surfaced in 1990) are textbook pop. The “Coca-Cola Jingle” is a re-working of the band’s own “Teenarama,” which name-checks the sugared water confection. This set has since been reissued (with a new cover). Amazon.

Up All Night

Wives and Mothers of Tomorrow

Girls That Don’t Exist

Held Up High

Coin Machine

Starry Eyes

All Messed Up and Ready to Go


Affection Rejected

The Phone

Hearts in Her Eyes

Coca-Cola Jingle

If I Write Your Number in My Book



  • Anonymous
    May 8, 2007 - 20:57 | Permalink

    One of the best Power Pop bands on earth! Thanks for reminding us about this band.


  • The Riverboat Captain
    May 11, 2007 - 20:38 | Permalink

    Some terrific live tracks on their MySpace page..

  • Les
    November 6, 2007 - 19:06 | Permalink


  • Anonymous
    November 5, 2009 - 00:59 | Permalink

    one of the best bands that nobody seems to know.i know them only because of my dad. but love this stuff. great underated band

  • Capt. Willard
    November 20, 2010 - 23:31 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Frankie
    November 21, 2010 - 04:28 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard . This is good stuff. Willard would you happen to have Mark Radice 1st album it was released in 1971 .It had the song "New Day" on it. Thanks in advance .

  • Capt. Willard
    November 21, 2010 - 06:46 | Permalink

    Don't know that one, Frankie.

  • Frankie
    November 22, 2010 - 00:35 | Permalink

    Thanks anyway Willard.

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