LIMITED EDITION OF 200 ON WHITE 12″ VINYL. THE FIRST TWO GROUNDBREAKING SINGLES REMASTERED. RESTORED ARTWORK.
Formed in Bristol Vice Squad became one of the biggest names in the second wave of punk rock. Intrinsically linked to the formation of Riot City Records, the bands first single, Last Rockers spent forty weeks in the independent charts and peaked at #7.
Its follow up, the Resurrection EP was released only a few months later and peaked at #4. Later in 1982 a tour edition 12” featuring both singles hit the charts at #24.
Beki: ” I’m not entirely sure what year I wrote the lyrics for ‘Last Rockers’ but I think it was 1981 and it would have been scrawled in an old school exercise book. Back in the eighties I would give sheets of lyrics to original Vice squad guitarist Dave Bateman and he would write chords around the lyrics, which is the opposite of how I write these days. Generally Vice Squad guitarist Paul comes up with a riff and I find a vocal melody and sing a chorus and he finds the chords underneath, but as teenagers in the old band we didn’t know how to construct songs or how to play our instruments, which turned out in our favour as it meant we couldn’t copy the ‘real’ bands and consequently we sounded quite unique.
We borrowed £200 and recorded the song in Cave Studios, an 8-track facility in St Pauls, along with 2 other songs, ‘Living On dreams and ‘Humane’, which was one of the first ever Animal Rights songs.
We donated a white label copy of the Last Rockers EP to the underage Punk pub we frequented and the landlord added it to the juke box and when it was played for the first time I hid in the loo because I was embarrassed about it and knew my peers would mock me, which they did of course! ‘Last Rockers’ sounded nothing like the other offerings on the juke box, but we’d only paid a couple of hundred quid to record it which was nothing like the budget of bands like Adam and the Ants, Siouxsie and the Banshees etc.
Several bands have covered the song, which is the ultimate compliment, and there is a Canadian band called ‘The Last Rockers’ and a Colombian band called ‘Los Ultimos Rockeros’ who cover Vice Squad songs and a Last Rockers TV channel, plus we have our own label called ‘Last Rockers Records’.