Satan's Rats - What A Bunch of Rodents LP

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2020 Release

Satan’s Rats formed in Evesham, Worcestershire in January 1977, with an
average age of just seventeen.  Songs like the anthemic ‘Year Of The
Rats’ about the demise of the old fart groups, their appearance at the
Birmingham Punk Festival and support to the Sex Pistols at the Roxy soon
saw the band build a large following and inevitably drew them to the
attention of record labels.  Their first demo earned them a deal with
DJM Records. Hardly a punk label, home to Elton John and the enigmatic
Rikki Sylvan who produced their first two singles.  The first single ‘In
My Love For You’ was released in 1977. Bob Geldof reviewed in the NME
and slagged it off. The second single ‘Year Of The Rats’ released early
in 1978 fared no better, sinking without a trace.  For their third
single ’You Make Me Sick’ they had Vic Maile (Dr Feelgood/Fruit Eating
Bears) as producer. He managed to capture the anger of the band
perfectly and this single, released in 1978 was undoubtedly their finest
moment. Julie Burchill reviewed it in the NME, she hated it.  Later that
year Paul Rencher quit, the band recruited vocalist Wendy Wu, changed
their name to The Photos, signed to Epic and had a hit album.  All three
Satan’s Rats singles are highly prized collectors’ items and have been
heavily bootlegged on punk compilations, one series even naming itself
‘Year Of The Rats’.  ‘What A Bunch Of Rodents’ is a vinyl compilation of
their singles and six studio recordings unreleased at the time and
contains an insert with sleeve notes from Steve Eagles and photos and

Label: Overground (UK)

Condition: New  Released in an open plastic sleeve

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