Elgin Avenue Breakdown

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Elgin Avenue Breakdown
Compilation album by The 101ers
Released March, 1981
June 14, 2005 (re-release)
Recorded November 28, 1975 - May 22, 1976
Genre Pub rock
Length 32:22 / 65:04
Label Andalucia (original)
Astralwerks / EMI (re-released)
Producer Vic Maile
Micky Foote
Simon Jeffes on "Surf City" & "Keys to Your Heart"
Roger Armstrong on "Sweet Revenge"
Remastering: Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London.

Elgin Avenue Breakdown is a compilation album by The 101ers, Joe Strummer's band before he joined The Clash. It was released on Andalucía Records (distributed by Virgin) in 1981 because of The Clash's popularity at the time. The first 500 copies came with a free poster.[1] Just a few thousand copies were sold.[2]The re-issue by EMI in 2005 has an accompanying booklet with an overview by Allan Jones and detailed notes on each track by Richard Dudanski.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1981 4/5 stars link
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2005 4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

Original release[3]

Some observations on the songwriting:

'Usually Woody would come up with the lyrics and an idea for the melody and chords, and then develop it further with Clive, before bringing it to the band room where we would all knock it around until it took final shape.'[4]

In mid-January 1976 Mole was replaced by Dan Kelleher. Here are a few observations on Dan's contribution:

'Apart from his experience and dexterity on bass, he had other skills to offer. The backing vocals was one area that immediately improved with not just his singing but also with the harmony parts that he arranged, and then there were two or three songs on which he sang lead vocal, which would give Joe a welcome breather at strategic points in the set. He also helped me in working out new drum patterns.'[5]

The official credits are for Strummer and the 101ers unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Letsagetabitarockin'" - 2:07
  2. "Silent Telephone" - 2:20
  3. "Monkey Business" (live) (Chuck Berry) - 2:22
  4. "Shake Your Hips" (live) (Slim Harpo) - 3:26
  5. "Junco Partner" (live) (Trad. arr. James Wayne) - 3:19
  6. "Don't Let It Go" (Bo Diddley) - 2:54
  7. "Motor Boys Motor" - 2:22
  8. "Sweety of the St. Moritz" - 2:24
  9. "Surf City" (Kelleher/101ers) - 2:47
  10. "Keys to Your Heart" (Strummer) - 3:09
  11. "Sweet Revenge" - 2:57
  12. "Gloria" (live) (Van Morrison) - 3:34

Tracks 1, 2, 7, 8 recorded 28/11/75, Jacksons Studio, Rikmansworth
Track 11 recorded 04/03/76, Pathway Studios, Kentish Town
Tracks 9,10 recorded 10/04/76, BBC Studios, Maida Vale
Tracks 3-6 and 12 recorded 18/04/76, The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm on a cassette by Mickey Foote

Re-release[6]

  1. "Letsagetabitarockin'" - 2:08
  2. "Silent Telephone" - 2:21
  3. "Keys To Your Heart" (Strummer) (version 1) (Chiswick Single Version) - 3:44
  4. "Rabies (From the Dogs of Love)" - 3:13
  5. "Sweet Revenge" - 2:58
  6. "Motor Boys Motor" - 2:23
  7. "Steamgauge 99" (previously unreleased) - 3:36
  8. "5 Star R'n'R" (Strummer/Kelleher) - 2:56
  9. "Surf City" (Kelleher/101ers)- 2:49
  10. "Keys To Your Heart" (Strummer) (version 2) - 3:08
  11. "Sweety Of The St.Moritz" - 2:24
  12. "Hideaway" (previously unreleased) - 2:48
  13. "Shake Your Hips" (live) (Slim Harpo)(previously unreleased) - 3:37
  14. "Lonely Mother's Son" (live) (previously unreleased) - 3:46
  15. "Don't Let It Go" (live) (Bo Diddley) - 2:51
  16. "Keep Taking the Tablets" (live) (previously unreleased) - 4:04
  17. "Junco Partner" (live) (Trad. arr. James Wayne) (previously unreleased) - 3:31
  18. "Out of Time" (live) (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) (previously unreleased) - 2:56
  19. "Maybelline" (live) (Chuck Berry) (previously unreleased) - 1:57
  20. "Gloria" (live) (Van Morrison) (previously unreleased) - 8:04

Tracks 1,2,6,7,11,12 recorded 28/11/75, Jackson's Studio, Rikmansworth
Track 3 recorded 10/03/76, Pathway Studios, Kentish Town
Tracks 4,5 recorded 04/03/76, Pathway Studios, Kentish Town
Tracks 8,9,10 recorded 28/03/76 and 10/04/76, BBC Studios, Maida Vale
Tracks 13,14,16,17,19 recorded 21/05/76, Camberwell Art School, London
Track 15 recorded 18/4/76, The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm
Track 18 recorded 21/03/76, Wandsworth Prison, London
Track 20 recorded 22/05/76, Cellar Club, Bracknell

Personnel[edit]

  • Joe Strummer - vocals, guitar
  • Clive Timperley - guitar, backing vocals
  • Dan Kelleher - keyboards, bass, backing vocals, vocals on "Surf City" and "Keep Taking the Tablets"
  • John Mole - bass
  • Richard Dudanski - drums, backing vocals
  • Roger Armstrong - producer
  • Simon Jeffes - producer
  • Vic Maile - producer
  • Barry Farmer - engineer
  • Micky Foote - engineer
  • Mike Robinson - engineer
  • Vic Keary - remixing
  • Howard Massey - remixing
  • Peter Mew - digital remastering
  • Nigel Reeve - A&R
  • Simon T. Bramley - poster design
  • Esperanza Romero - drawing
  • Janette Beckman - photography
  • Ray Eagle - photography
  • Julian Yewdall - photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taken from p172 of the memoir 'Squat City Rocks' by Richard Dudanski
  2. ^ Taken from p174 of the memoir 'Squat City Rocks' by Richard Dudanski
  3. ^ Taken from sleeve notes of the original LP on Andalucia Records (AND 101)
  4. ^ Taken from p47 of the memoir 'Squat City Rocks' by Richard Dudanski
  5. ^ Taken from p89 of the memoir 'Squat City Rocks' by Richard Dudanski
  6. ^ Taken from booklet accompanying re-release CD on EMI (7243 474458 2 8)