Friday, 9 November 2007

The Invaders




Back to the usual stuff today. Two new wave pop gems from 1979. Girl’s in Action is particularly good. Both records were produced by Jimmy Pursey. To the best of my knowledge they only released these two singles and one album called Test Card (1980).

mp3: The Invaders - Girls In Action
mp3: The Invaders - Best Thing I Ever Did (New Future)

Would it be nerdy to point out that the alien on the first sleeve resembles those in This Island Earth, and the other sleeve appears to be based on Things To Come (which you may have seen on BBC 4 the other night)? Probably.

13 comments:

So It Goes said...

Yes, what did happen to Jimmy Pursey after Sham 69? I remember him saying something about 'video parties' and how this was the future. Never mind, this single is well worth hearing. And where, pray, young Michael, are your Festive Fifty votes???? Hmmmm???? ;-))

So It Goes said...

By 'this' I mean the first track. I have to go to bed now, so I will listen to the next one tomorrow.
Yes, I'm rambling...just ignore me, I might go away.

Mick said...

Stevieboy, those Festive Fifty votes need careful consideration.

So It Goes said...

Yes, you're right. My impetuosity overcame me.
Apparently, Pursey worked with Peter Gabriel (!) on the single Animals Have More Fun: I don't suppose you have that one, do you? I vaguely remember it getting some radio play.
He was also in the Sex Pistols for a while.

Tutu Vicar said...

and yes the resemblance is very obvious to 'This Island Earth'. With 'Forbidden Planet' one of the finest 50's sci-fi films. I've got both on video somewhere. Oh my god I AM a nerd.

Mick said...

Klaatu barada nikto, TTV

dickvandyke said...

Call meself a music fan! I'd not heard of this lot before.

Very much of its time, and none the poorer for it.

Keep pulling the rabbits out young Michael.

iain said...

Mick, were these on Polydor? would explain the Pursey connection...i'm sure i had one of these singles years ago..Polydor had some very under-rated bands, like The Gas, for example...

Mick said...

DVD,
I'll do my best.

Iain,
They were indeed on the Polydor label.

Anonymous said...

Bien!!!! Invaders for ever!!

Daniel (Perú)

Gumby said...

The Invaders released FOUR singles actually. The last two 7-inchers were "Magic Mirror" and "Backstreet Romeo", both taken from the "Test Card" album. I'm a proud owner of everything The Invaders recorded. The album is great once you get past the fact that it's a little darker in tone than the first two single a-sides. Shame that the LP is such a rarity and so expensive, it deserves to be better recognized.

Reimer said...

Christ, this takes me back...to the advert for it in 'Smash Hits'.

R

Anonymous said...

My mate's wife got me this single this very weekend - I had been searching for years! The most evocative single of my youth - great strings, compelling hook, yearning lyrics. Blimey...Girl's in Action has got the whole works. For me, for me.

UTM