Wednesday, December 22, 2010

45 Revolutions: Ivy Green

"Ivy Green were a dutch rock band who recorded a number of now hard to find records during their fifteen year life-span (1975-1990 approximately). They are well known to punk-rock collectors for their 1978 debut LP on Pogo/WEA, one of the most sought after Euro punk records. Sales were disappointing enough for the band to be dropped by their label, after which they went into hibernation for a couple of years, re-emerging in 1982. Most sources will tell you that this later line-up recorded nothing of real value and cite the addition of a brass section as proof of the bands artistic decline. Nonsense!

By 1982 the band were no longer playing '77 style punk-rock. They had moved on. They added a brass section and developed a garage rock sound not that dissimilar to The Saints. They had became one of the very small number of rock groups to successfully integrate a horn section and still rock. The band had not lost any of the incredible energy and flair for melody that was their hallmark. These mid-'80s records are fantastic, including a string of superb singles and one fantastic album in 1984 called The Quest. By the late '80s they had run out of steam and the next couple of records are nothing special, until Real Slow Burn which was a late return to form." [taken from The Journal of Scientific Discographical Analysis]

Download: "Wap Shoo Wap (I'm Sure We're Gonna Make It)"
(One-sided single, Pogo Ltd Records, 1978)

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