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Fast Cars Live at Deeply Vale
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They were a moment a second, a snapshot in Manchester history, it centered around the almost post punk Manchester Musicians Collective, based at the 'Band on the Wall' where occasionally interesting always ambitious outfits tried their hand and their luck.
Taking their name from Steve Diggle's ferocious song, Fast Cars careered out of Swinton, settling down to a nice line in Fred Perry - clad power-pop.
At times, they could be astonishingly good, too, blessed with a wealth on irressistible hooks and an irresistable live attack.
Unfortunately, it wasn't distinctive enough to lift them clear of the pack, although their recent unearthing at the demand of an unlikely Japanese fan base is intriguing to say the least.
The Deeply Vale Festival - to be revived, next year hopefully - was a tastfully unsophisticated
affair, set in the moors above Rochdale and attracted a myriad of festival goers.
Now this remarkable archive is coming to the fore, courtesy of the Ozit label a few months back, we saw a 2CD Steve Hillage live set; this month, Fast Cars and the Fall emerge from the vault.
Fast Cars Who Loves Jimmy Anderton? is a reminder of a band that, for many years, was considered a mere footnote in the annals of punk, just another group of never-weres that formed in the fiery excitement of the late Seventies UK. They gamely trotted around their hometown, released a few singles, and then disappeared back into obscurity, from whence they were duly installed as the object of a later generation of Japanese collectors desires, for the very scarcity of their records.
Those spiraling prices would eventually prompt Fast Cars to reform and take to the road once more. This album, however, captures them in their 1979 heyday, playing before an enthusiastic crowd at Deeply Vale and, though the sound is acceptable and the mix is middling, the Fasties themselves are in fine form, storming through an incendiary 11 song set,and though it does all sound a bit crash, bang, wallop, the band's hooks still manage to shine through.
Fast Cars are from Manchester and in 1979 had only one single "The Kids Just Wanna Dance".
The Fast Cars, whose name by the way, comes from the song of the same name by The Buzzcocks, were brilliant live eye-witness reports say.