This has now been rectified by Radio Heartbeat Records who have released a Speedies LP (Yes, it’s on Vinyl folks!) that collects both sides of their singles along with unreleased material mostly recorded during sessions in Canada. There are many other top tunes on the LP including the opener You Need Pop. The sound is loud and proud, like a tougher version of The Fast.
As well as Speedies, Radio Hearbeat have also issued a true labour of love –A ridiculously sublime gatefold issue of the Milk ‘N’Cookies LP which features a second disc with outtakes and tracks that didn’t appear on the original album. I first discovered the band back in 1975 and picked up the German issue of the LP that year (it’s release was delayed for over a year in the UK). The band looked so perfect to me at the time, but I was slightly put off by the fey vocals, although the tunes were topnotch. That LP fell into a similar bag to The Quick insofar as their wildness seemed to have been curtailed in the clutches of their respective producers (Muff Winwood and Earl Mankey) who seemed to have attempted to turn both acts into the new Sparks. So for me the real surprise was the unbridled energy of the bonus tracks. The alternative version of Not Enough Girls (In The World) is certainly much tougher, Tinkertoy Tomorrow and Typically Teenage are damn near perfect while Wok N’ Woll is a cataclysm that will blow your socks off. If only that last track was released at the time, I would have put Milk ‘N’ Cookies right at the top of my favourite bands at the time.
Radio Heartbeat Records are not ending their release programme there either, below are the next scheduled releases including unreleased 20/20!!!! And The Quick LP. All will appear on vinyl as well…
RADIO HEARTBEAT RECORDS RELEASES:
OUT NOW:RHB -101 SPEEDIES "Speedy Delivery" LP / CD
RHB -102 HUBBLE BUBBLE S/T LP
RHB -103 HUBBLE BUBBLE "Faking" LP
RHB -104 RAXOLA S/T LP
RHB -105 MILK N' COOKIES 2LP
RHB - 701 20/20 "Going Up With My Girl" c/w "World of Fools" PS45 (AUG 2008)
RHB - 106 RADIO CITY "Class of '77" LP (SEPT 2008)
RHB - 107 20/20 Unreleased/Demos 2LP (OCT 2008)
RHB - 702 AMBULANCE "It's All Up To You" PS45 (OCT 2008)
RHB - 108 THE STRAND "Seconds Waiting" LP (NOV 2008)
RHB - 109 THE QUICK "Mondo Deco" LP (DEC 2008)
RHB - 110 AMBULANCE "It's All Up To You" LP (JAN 2009)
So what can I say except to urge you to contact the label: email@example.com and show your support by buying these gems. A label like this with top taste and such dedication appears once a blue moon, so please ensure you help turn this venture into a success.
Click on title for a soundclip of Wok N’Woll