"Secret Police" - The Unwanted (1978)
"Wedlock In Dreadlock": The punk & reggae connection weekly tribute (pt 14)
The Unwanted`s story was pretty much a synopsis of the two fundamental punk principles: a) everything was possible in punk b) nothing lasted long in punk.
The band consisted of Roxy Club regular goers who were inspired by The Sex Pistols to form a band, despite the fact they couldn`t actually play. Getting a lucky break, they managed to play at The Roxy just after 2 rehearsals and what`s more, by chance, the gig is being recorded for a live album that went Top-20, giving a lot of exposure to the bands featured, with The Unwanted appearing along the Buzzcocks, Eater, X Ray Spex, Wire, Slaughter & The Dogs, the Adverts and Johnny Moped and getting a record deal … and then, according to the basic punk rule "live fast, die young", the lack of any real talent and songwriting or playing abilities and the multiple line up changes led them to oblivion.
(though "…this so called ‘talent less’ band gave the Psychedelic Furs a drummer Vince Ely and Guitarist - John Ashton, gave the Barracudas a guitarist Robbie. It would also a few years later spawn a club - The Batcave - the base for a whole musical movement called Goth, all under the direction of the Unwanted’s singer Ollie Wisdom…”,
In a desperate attempt to save their career, they jumped on the punk reggae train, at a time when the punk-reggae fusion meant success, and recorded their 1978 single "Secret Police":
"…78’s obviously the year all the bands have listened to so much reggae they don’t think twice about rehashing the clumsiest reproductions of reggae rhythm sections anymore than the Beatles thought anything was weird when they cut Motown tunes. Statutory punk/reality lyrics about shady men in shady macs, plain godawful neo-reggae myoozik…"Vivien Goldman, Sounds magazine
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