Wednesday, 2 May 2007
Back in the mid 70’s Bethnal played in the small west country town I grew up in. I didn’t actually see them (I was too young for pubs) but I heard good things so I took a gamble on this record a couple of years later. It’s a good example of late 70’s new wave. I could probably do without the “Someday you’re gonna need me…” spoken part but it doesn’t ruin the song and I suppose it adds period charm.
The band, from the Bethnal Green area of London (but you guessed that) made two albums, Dangerous Times and Crash Landing, but never made it big. It seems to me that there with so many punk and new wave bands around in the late 70’s some good ones were bound to slip through the net and not get the success they deserved. From what I’ve heard Bethnal could be one of them. The up side is that there are still a lot of records like this to be discovered.
mp3: Bethnal - Don't Do It (1978)
As far as I know their stuff is not available on CD so I guess you should try Ebay.