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Artist: CHARLIE UNGRY
Title: Who Is My Killer?
Format: 7"
Label: Hozac
Country: USA
Price: $8.00
"UK punk in the late 1970s was a vast and impossibly diverse sea of groper, mopers and dopers, all desperate to clamp down on the raw nerves of a new generation full of anger and distrust, and when you look deep into the well, theres so many incredible overlooked gems, most of which dont quite fit the mold of what was to be soon homogenized for the public. Apart from the higher end of the UK punk food chain, there were countless imitators instantly, all unanimously clamouring for the attention of the new wave, and one little self-released 7 inch EP from a group hell-bent on shaking up the emerging genre confines known as Charlie Ungry, was among that vast output. Band founders Jeff Gibbs and Tony Sando had done time previously in Yellow Bird, a glam rock band that released one sole single in 1974 and then fragmented upon its immediate dismissal by the rock press, but they had more ideas to flesh out and by the time 1976 rolled around they had assembled the new group with Andy Demetriou and Steve Protheroe, named after a fictitious scapegoat Jeffs father always blamed any misdoings on, and this Charlie Ungry was born. Leveling off their enthusiasm for a wider variety of sounds than most of their contemporaries, the band grasped a serious metallic sound right out of the gate, as their signature song Who Is My Killer? rips through the speakers in a NWOBHM style thats undeniable. However, their glammy Slade-like rhythms and break-neck speed signaled a very punkish angle, reflecting the energy and nihilism of the exploding punk phenomenon, and their unique interplay between song styles, even mid-song as in Who Is My Killer? had an incredible effect, yet it was sadly underexposed. In retrospect, most truly innovative bands trying something new have had a cold response in general, par for the course in the case of Charlie Ungry as well, with their incredible fusion of British metal guitar, pulse-pounding glam vocals, and white-knuckle punk rock delivery. Most simpletons just couldnt get their heads wrapped around it." - Hozac.

Artist: CHARLIE UNGRY
Title: The Chester Road Album
Format: LP
Label: Rave Up
Country: Italy
Price: $20.00
"You might think a combination of British heavy metal and something approaching powerpop is just a bit unlikely, but then there are these tracks, recorded in London, live in the studio in one day, during the summer 1977. A year later the band released a single from those tapes ("The House on Chester Road") that made it to #17 on the UK Independent Charts. They seem to have had no other releases, but continued to play in one configuration or another until splitting in the early 80s. Good looking 2-color jacket art with band photos and brief liner notes by their songwriter/bassist. Limited pressing." - Rave Up.

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