Great unsung punkified blues combo whose slim output has yet to receive a cd reissue.
The original incarnation of the group released just three singles/eps and recorded these three sessons for John Peel before imploding amid the capital's notorious heroin underground at the end of 1985.
In 1987, frontman Ian Lowery emerged with a new Folk Devils line-up who signed to Beggars Banquet and released The Best Protection 12" and the album Goodnight Irony - a collection of earlier singles and unreleased material. Lowery would finally issue his first full length album proper at the end of the decade, under the King Blank monicker, but to these ears the disc was a toned down affair of the Folk Devils ferocious potential.
Lowery would continue working as a solo artist until his untimely death in 2001.
The Peel sessions have recently been doing the rounds on youtube, mostly likely in better audio quality than the files presented here. But if you're sensible enough not to risk having your hard drive hijacked by all manner of malware by using online youtube to mp3 converters, then this post's for you.
While not exactly compatible with the C86 bracket, the revitalised interest in that scene in recent years has seen the group overlooked on recent - and possibly imminent - releases on the bailiff-baying reissue market. It would be nice if Lowery's works with the various bands and projects he was involved in were compiled on a box set. Should that time not arrive, thankfully there's the official Facebook page with lots of rare and unseen photos, unreleased songs and much more.
More info on Wikpedia.
Where The Buffalo Roam
What's That Smell?
Big Car, Big Car
Ink Runs Dry
This Traitor Hand
It Drags On
Under The Bridge
Update Nov 15:
All files have now been deleted.
The complete sessions are now officially available from Amazon and other leading digital outlets.