JERKS - JERK OFF

JERKS - JERK OFF

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Label: OVERGROUND

Release date: 21/11/2005

Barcode: 5019148611981

Catalog no.: OVERCD0000065

Item ID: 227091

UK import. The definitive 15 track compilation of The Jerks studio recordings. Includes tracks from each of their three singles and nine previously unreleased gems including a cover version of California Sun. Packaged in a deluxe cover with rare photos and a detailed history written by the band. Having witnessed the 1976 Anarchy In The UK tour, five teenagers from West Yorkshire met in an a dilapidated garage and plugged in to create their own blend of noise, attitude and disturbance. This garage produced Yorkshires most successful punk rock band who outsold Abba in that part of the world and entered the top 100 with their debut single Get Your Woofing Dog Off Me, (definitely one of punks best debut records, released on their own Underground Records). To this day it remains one of the fastest records ever recorded. Now selling for considerable sums of money, the tracks have been included on many of the legitimate and bootleg compilations from the era, the front cover of the single being used for one of the early volumes of Killed By Death. The success of the single ensured gigs were plentiful and tours followed with Sham 69, Penetration, Generation X, The Adverts and XTC. Their increasing profile bought them to the attention of Lightning Records who promptly signed them while the major labels deliberated, this deal saw the release of their second single Cool in 1978, produced by ex-Rolling Stones producers Bill Farley and Dave Hunt.
Lightning developed into Laser under the wing of Warner Brothers. The band relocated to London and recorded their third and final single Come Back Bogart in January 1980. Despite good reviews and Radio 1 play the single failed to sell, so in the Spring of 1980 the band decided to call it a day. The Jerks exemplified British punk rock: raw, urgent, fast and provocative. A strong visual image and no shortage of potential hit songs. With more vigorous marketing and a larger slice of luck, the ending could have been a lot different.

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