Monday, May 13, 2013


Ugly Pop specialzes in re-releasing Canadian punk classics. After reissues of 7"s by Hot Nasties, The Spys, Rock And Roll Bitches, Arson and Crash Kills Five here's another essential highlight from the earliest days of Canadian punk. Tracks from The Bureaucrats' one and only 7"  have been included in compilation series like Powerpearls Volume 1 and Smash The State Volume 3. It was originally released in 1980. 1977 records from Japan did a first long sold-out reissue in 2003, but this double a-side single really deserved a second reissue to keep it available for an adequate price. "Feel The Pain" and "Grown Up Age" are both two brilliant power-pop tunes made with an ovderdose of melodies, clear vocals, sweet vocal harmonies and strong guitar riffs. The vocals sound very British and the influence of UK bands like The Buzzcocks, The Chords and The Jam is apparent here, even if it's independent enough to be more than just a complete reproduction. The Bureaucrats wrote catchy as hell songs, that are both poppy and punky with no frills arrangements. Many current Canadian retro-punk bands are into a simular simular brand of music. The funny thing is: None of them sounds as great as The Bureaucrats sounded like 30 years earlier! (Listen to it here)
Pointed Sticks from Vancouver were formed in 1978 and they were one of Canada's earliest punk groups. They've released three more 7"s and a full lenght LP. Some of their later releases aren't that aweseome, but their "What Do You Want Me To Do" debut single from 1978 is nothing but a true winner record. It's by far their best release ever. It orginally came out on Quintessence records and it features two short tracks of '77 styled poppunk. The guitar riffs are made with a few chords only. They sound sharp, punky and prominent, while the vocals are super melodic and catchy. Fans of Elvis Costello, The Undertones, The Boys and Protext won't be dissapointed here. The mid-tempo titletrack with it's amazingly great canon vocal harmonies troughtout the chorus is the slighty better track, even if "Somebody's Mom" on the b-side is nevertheless worthwhile. A one and a half minute poppunk blast, that starts with the repeat of a frantic, interrupted guitar riff, that leads into straighter parts with great melodies floating through and with fantastic short guitar solos. This is just a superb punk single! (Listen to it here)