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Released Format Label Catalog No.
1998 CD Overground Over 84CD


Who plays what

Nick Cash Vocals, Guitar
Guy Days Guitar, Vocals
Pablo Labritain Drums
Jon Watson Bass


Track Written by:
Inside Out Cash/Days
Heart to Heart Cash/Days
Investigation Cash/Days
Cruel World Cash/Days
Raindance Cash/Days
Kiss The President Cash/Days
Scandal In The City Cash/Days
Don't You Know I Need you Cash/Days
Change Cash/Days
Christmas Cards Cash/Days
Slam Cash/Days
V.G.C. Cash/Days
Brent Cross Cash/Days
That's The Way it Goes Cash/Days
Taboo Cash/Days
Public Enemy No. 1 Cash/Days
Mercy Mercy Cash/Days/Labritain
Bongos On The Nile Cash/Days
No Prisoners Cash/Days

Total Time 63 Minutes 14 Seconds


The following notes were taken from the liner notes inside the CD (reproduced here with absolutely no permission whatsoever)

Contained here is a collection of 999's demos from the early 80's, Many of these demos, here in their rough, unproduced, form, were to turn up on 999's LP's "Concrete" and "The Biggest Prize In Sport". Others, such as "Scandal In The City" and "Brent Cross" became B-sides of singles.

However, several of these tracks were unreleased and are available her for the first time. They are:- "Heart To Heart", "Raindance", "Christmas Cards", "Cruel World", "V.G.C.", "Investigation" and the infamous "Slam", which 999's record companies, Albion in the UK and Polydor in the USA, would not touch with the proverbial bargepole due to its lyrical content referring to the SLAM DANCE. Front page newspaper headlines in both The Sun and Los Angeles Times had accused 999 of introducing this dance and blamed the band for a series of violent incidents totally unrelated to the band. Consequently, 999 became public enemy no. 1, accused of causing social unrest in the USA and Europe. Their answer was to write and record a song, The Slam, available here for the first time.

Due to the scandal surrounding 999, the band were invited to do an interview with The Sun newspaper in Soho Square, London in July 1980 with a journalist and photographer. The journalist tried to persuade 999 perform acts of violence and moronic behaviour amongst the public in the crowded Soho Square. The band refused. It was during the bread strike when it was difficult buying bread. The photographer told Nick Cash he couldn't find any queues outside bakers so they offered a few quid to passer by to stand in a fake queue in order to get their photo. The band left in disgust.

Another song included here, No Prisoners, was an early version that, interestingly, would turn up many years later in another form, on 999's latest album, Takeover, which was released in 1998.

Altogether an interesting collection of songs culled from the bnads' personal collection of demo tapes.

A long awaited opportunity to exclusively hear many of 999's rarest recordings.

Nick Cash, 1998.

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