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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…

(From irishrock.org) Tour magazine. Circa 1980

 

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.

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(A few days ago, my Dad passed down his collection of 7inch 45 singles to me. The hoard, which comprises of least 1,500 pieces, is made up of his and his two brother’s accumulations. To say the least, the collection is absolutely amazing. Myself and DFallon spent two hours going through it on Sunday and found an eclectic mix of early 1960s American rock n roll, British invasion, Motown/Stax/Atlantic soul and Irish punk.)

Included in the stacks of records was a pristine copy of The Blades’ Revelations (Of Heartbreak), their 4th single. While I was taking out the 7 inch to see if it was scratched, out popped an old A4 press release that had been nestled comfortably in the record sleeve (probably untouched since 1982) with an added hand written note (my dad’s scrawl) advertising their next gig.

The Blades Press Release. Decemember 1982.

The A side, Revelations (Of Heartbreak), is a power pop, soul influenced dance classic. It was the first single that The Blades recorded with the Blue Brass (Frank Duff and Paul Grimes), “a couple of renegade musicians from The Artane Boys Band”. The song was produced by Bazza at Windmill Lane Studios.

The Blades in action.

The B side, Rules Of Love, is a slowed down pop ballad loaded with brass vitality. The song was mixed by Kevin Moloney in Windmill Lane Studios.

Note: You can buy The Blades boxset here.

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