Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Lurkers - Freak Show

The second 'Lurkers' single and the second 'Beggar Banquets' release (BEG2). Another classic from the Lurkers, both sides are brilliant but for me 'Freak Show' is the best. Both of these were not on the original release of Fulham Fallout, but they can both be found on the CD release (see below). It's the first time I noticed that this may not have been the original plan, as the b-side 'Mass Media Believer' has "Not available On The Total War Album", so I guess 'Freak Show' would have been, and I never heard of their first album being called 'Total War' even though there is an excellent track of the same name.

One other point to note, another excellent cover from 'Savage Pencil (Lead singer of Art Attacks - did cover for Beggars Banquet 'Street's compilation'.

Theres a nice etching on the a-side 'Lurk On'

As any of you around in the late 70's would remember, badges were also a big part of the punk dress code, whilst looking for more records in the loft, I found my old badge collection and have scanned in 'The Lurkers' badges. Some of these are still really cool, and would go down well today. What do you think? The Bollurks one is my favourite.

Band: The Lurkers
Label: Beggars Banquet
Year: 1977
1. Freak Show
2. Mass Media Believer

Ripped from glorious scratched vinyl:

If you like this then go and buy their excellent debut album, you will not be disappointed, I promise:
Fulham Fallout
Fulham Fallout

or if you just want all the singles, then get this one:
Beggars Banquet Singles Collection
Beggars Banquet Singles Collection


arstider said...


Again a great single.
Yes I remember all the badges. I bought at least one with 999.

Best wishes from Sweden

Nuzz Prowlin' Wolf said...

I've still got a lurkers badge, the cover of this single, badge is almost as big as the record.

Anonymous said...

Those badges bring back some memories! Great stuff Gary


garychching said...

makes me wanna get my Lewis leather jacket out of the garage put the badges on and go and see a good punk band again