O LEVEL - East Sheen 7"
- Label: Munster
- Catalog Number: MR7305
- Availability: In Stock
Reissue of this absolute classic of the late
70s UK underground. 'O' Level was created in 1976 by London guitarist Ed
Ball along with two friends from school, the Benett brothers (John on
drums and Gerard on bass), who would leave the band in March 1978. That
same line-up plus Dan Treacy (another school friend of Ball's) recorded
the first Television Personalities single in 1977, titled '14th Floor'.
'O' Level self-released that same year their first single, which
included three tracks strongly influenced by punk's energy (Buzzcocks
and Undertones guitars and melody on 'East Sheen') and attitude (with
ironic comments about fake punks on 'Pseudo Punk'), but as if seen from a
distance, outside a decadent scene which had already been absorbed by
the establishment. The single also features a sort of homonymous anthem
called ''O' Levels'.
Ed Ball's music career would go on over the following decades as he
continued developing his own strand of wonderful pop music through the
80s and 90s with bands such as Teenage Filmstars, Television
Personalities, The Times and many more, plus several records as a solo
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