Chickens in Funland
Unreleased 1977 single. Limited edition of 500 copies. Formed by Edwin Pouncey in the Spring of 1977 “because there was a talent night at the Royal College Of Art”, their first gig ended (like so many of their other gigs) in a fight, to disguise their lack of material. Someone there offered them a gig for money so a set of 10 songs was quickly cobbled together. Sometime during 1977 the band decided to go and records some tracks for a possible release. They settled on Pathway Studios in London where The Damned had recorded New Rose and two tracks Chickens in Funland and Rat City were recorded. Just one acetate was made and soon after the line-up changed, Ricky Slaughter left to join The Motors, Robert Gotobed went to Wire and the line-up stabilised to include the nucleus of Edwin Pouncey, Steve Spear and Marion Fudger. The idea got scrapped.
A hippie guy and his stripper girlfriend who ran a record shop in the basement of Kensington Market decided to start a label and approached the Art Attacks. They released the 7,500 selling I Am A Dalek b/w Neutron Bomb single, but the relationship terminated when the stripper appeared on stage semi-naked and decided to whip an unamused Edwin. Their next foray into the studio was to record the classic Arabs In ‘Arrads for the first ever punk rock compilation album, Streets on Beggars Banquet.
Suffering from stage fright, Edwin would only appear on-stage when inebriated. Each performance was unpredictable. Aside from the frequent fights, there was one occasion when Edwin climbed inside the kick drum and refused to perform, and once when he invited a tramp to ramble meaninglessly into the microphone, rather than sing himself. Tours with The Lurkers, Generation X, The Motors and Rock Against Racism followed, as did two live tracks Animal Bondage and Frankenstein’s Heartbeat on the Live At The Vortex album. The pressures of finishing their degrees terminated the band and the posthumous Punk Rock Stars b/w Rat City single was released.
Sadly, in 2017 Steve Spear died in a road traffic accident and Edwin felt it would be a great tribute if the long lost single could be released. Following some detective work, it was discovered that the acetate had been bought on eBay by an Italian collector who kindly taped it. Edwin still had his original 1977 artwork and wrote a band history and tribute to Steve which is included as an insert within the release.