Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Red Lights - Never Wanna Leave

'Never Wanna Leave' (both versions) has always been one of my all time favourite songs. First up is the more well known version from excellent 'The Farewell To The Roxy album', this is a real 'Punk' classic, and one that you just can't help singing along to. The song is all about living in a sewer and being friends with rats, I love it.

Their next release was their debut single which in my opinion is an even better version, with the harmonica and piano it sounds much more commercial (but still excellent) and could easily be played on any radio station. With the right airplay this could of (and should of) been a hit, but it looks as though it will continue to be a rarity (only 500 copies of the single) to be listened by people into the more obscure punk sounds. I love the way it fades out and back at the end of the song.

The b-side 'Seventeen' is very different and if you follow an earlier posting of this single on Worhless Trash I have to agree with one of the comments that believes it sounds like early Springsteen. Listening to this and then the 'Farewell to the Roxy' you would never know that it is the same band.

Band: The Red Lights
Label: Lightning Records,Free Range
Year: 1977,1978
1. Never Wanna Leave (Live from Farewell To The Roxy)
2. Never Wanna Leave (single a-side)
3. Seventeen (single b-side)

Ripped from an anonymous glorious scratched vinyl:

If you like the live version go out and buy this brilliant album now:
Farewell to the Roxy
Farewell to the Roxy

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