Repress of the album from 2012. The first release from Rongorongo shines a light on the grey area between punk and reggae. ‘Spiky Dread’ is the result of a few years of hunting by Wrongtom and Ed Zed, who sifted through a plethora of punk and post-punk oddities, picking their favourite approximations of dub and reggae - a side of punk which is largely overlooked, save for tales of the mighty Don Letts playing roots records at The Roxy, or dub sessions round at John Lydon’s gaff in the wake of the Sex Pistols. 


01. The Offs - Cool Down 02. Glaxo Babies - Who Killed Bruce Lee (Version) 03. Family Fodder - Bass Adds Bass 04. Chantage - Same Thing Twice 05. Ruts DC - Pleasures Of The Dance 06. Jah Scouse – Merge 07. Peter & The Test Tube Babies - Trapper Aint Got A Bird 08. Return Of The Panthers - Calling Captain Nemo 09. Sir Horatio – Sommadub 10. Red Beat - More Or Less Cut 11. Dangerous Girls - Dangerous Girls 12. Bad Brains - Stay Close To Me 13. The Slits - Animal Space 14. Electric Guitars – Work [ CD ONLY ]

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Spiky Dread: Issue One by Various
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8/10 Mike 17 July 2014
Here's an excellent compilation of early punk/dub crossover business, featuring usual suspects like The Slits, Bad Brains, Peter and the Test Tube Babies and Ruts DC rubbing shoulders with more unusual suspects like Jah Scouse (featuring members of Young Marble Giants, Essential Logic and This Heat!), Chantage and Dangerous Girls. An early highlight is Glaxo Babies' 'Who Killed Bruce Lee [Version]' the already sparse and taut post-punk tension of the original stripped back to a sleepy bounce from drums and bass accompanied by scratchy, jagged interjections from sax and guitar and melodica, heightening the song's already paranoid vibes.   Another notable cut is 'Sommadub' by Sir Horatio, a one-off dub effort released pseudonymously by none other than A Certain Ratio! It's good too, bouncy but ominous bass, coldly shuffling rhythms, choppy guitar and hesitant trumpet parps make for a surprisingly authentic-sounding offering compared quite fairly to Augustus Pablo in the accompanying blurb. Dangerous Girls, meanwhile, kick up the punk factor with an astonishing cut from '78 that blends punk, reggae and prog in a morass of hi-gain guitars and boomy bass at the start of side D before Bad Brains and The Slits wrap things up in their own inimitable styles. Really cool comp, I have both enjoyed listening to it and learned new things!


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