The Blades’ first single was released on Energy Records in the summer of 1980.
The A side, Hot For You, is a singalong pop punk masterpiece. It was recorded by the original Blades line up (1977 – 81): Paul Cleary on vocals and bass, his brother Lar on Guitar and Pat Larkin on drums. Interestingly, at Ramport Studios in Battersea.
So, come outside baby
now the time is right
with your brand new shades and your jeans so tight,
well the sun is burning and I’m getting hot for you…
The B-Side, Reunion, is a simple, fast paced tune with Paul Cleary’s typical lyrical genius.
I talk to her sister whenever I can
trying to make a connection
I used to write letters but threw them away
‘Cause I’m afraid of rejection.
This will be hopefully be the first of a series of pieces on classic Dublin punk and new wave singles.
Buy The Blades boxset here.