MEAN STREET DEALERS: Bent Needles LP with lyric sheet and band photo. Check sample
Mean Street Dealers Bent Needles
Label: Tank Records MSDLP 001
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album & Photo and lyric sheet inserts.
Genre: NWOBHM, Rock, Hard Rock, Punk
A1 Tight Skirts
A2 Rule The World
A3 Man In The Front
A4 White Light
A5 Nice Boys
B1 Nicked Again
B2 Die Young
B2 Johnny B. Goode cover
Recorded At The Railway Hotel
Mixed At The Haven Pub
Recorded live at The Railway Hotel, Curzon St., Burminham, and mixed at The Haven Pub, 29th September 1979.
Media: Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve:Very Good Plus (VG+)
Rarely seen ’79 UK LP in great shape. Sleeve has minor wear. Vinyl is super clean. Complete with both inserts which are NM. Very hard-to-find.
Rare original 1979 UK limited edition Private Pressing ‘Live’ LP released on Tank Records. MSDLP 001. Black / White labels. Great late 1970s UK power-pop/rock/punk band…’Tea & Symphony’ related!
Mean Street Dealers were a rock band comprising of James Langston (vocals), Mark Bristow (guitar), Bob Boucher (bass), Jimmy Simpson (drums), Nigel Snitch Darvill (keyboards) and John Wilson (guitar). They formed in the 1970s. They played very catchy, anthemic songs which had no small measure of intelligence to their lyrics.
They released a live album in 1979 (Bent Needles) which was recorded at the Railway Hotel, Curzon Street, Birmingham and mixed at the Haven pub on 29 September 1979. They also released a single in 1979, Japanese Motabikes/Tight Skirts. They folded soon after. Some members formed, amongst other projects, The Dealers (releasing Dont Touch That Dial in 1981) and the Ska City Rockers; possibly attempting to tap into the Ska revival at the time Time is Tight.
Japanese Motabikes from the single released by the Mean Street Dealers in 1979. Recorded live, I believe, at the same time as their recording of the live album Bent Needles at the Railway, Curzon Street, Birmingham.
James Langston had a fabulous voice, sort of a tortured tremulous Roy Harper if I remember rightly. MSD also had the great Mark Bristow on guitar, Bob Lamb (who was everywhere in Brum in the 70s) on bass, Snitch, Dave Wilson (on drums I think). A (live) album and a single is all that exists.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: the band released themselves from money raised by selling vouchers at their gigs to audience members in order to finance the pressing. The vouchers were then exchanged for copies of the LP upon release.
Mean Street Dealers were a rock band comprising of James Langston (vocals), Mark Bristow (guitar), Bob Boucher (bass), Jimmy Simpson (drums), Nigel “Snitch” Darvill (keyboards) and John Wilson (guitar). They formed in the 1970’s. They played very catchy, anthemic songs which had no small measure of intelligence to their lyrics.
Bent Needles was an in-concert record taped at The Railway in Curzon Street and, says bassist Bob Boucher, it was funded in a novel way. It was financed by the public before it came out. People who were attending our gigs bought vouchers for the record which would entitle them to a copy when it was made. The money from the vouchers enabled them to pay for a mobile recording studio at The Railway and recorded the album on a Saturday night in July. It was mixed the same night at a pub in Yardley. Within two weeks he album was ready so people brought their vouchers to subsequent gigs to claim their album.