Monday, 21 July 2014

3-Action! - ...On The Journey Of A Lifeline (Ediesta 7" 1986)

Seven 7 Inch Singles In Seven Days #2
Another great lost group from the C86 era where there is very little info about them on t'internet. Formed in Hull ca 1984 and initially operating as Reaction, the trio (Gary Action - bass/vocals; Graham Grasshopper - guitar; Artful Dodger - drums; with occasional poetic contributions from Swift Nick ,promoter and editor of the fanzine New Youth) emerged from the Grafton Street stomping ground which spawned The Housemartins vowing to entertain audiences "with a grin on our bottoms and a bogey on our nose".
Signed to  Ediesta Records - also home to Eton Crop and Buy Off The Bar - by the time this there debut was released in summer 1986 they adopted the snappier 3-Action moniker. The 12" counterpart contained two extra tracks. Around the time of this release the group embarked on a lengthy tour of the UK supporting The Housemartins, then experiencing their first taste of mainstream success with Happy Hour.
3-Action! released two more 12" only eps for Ediesta (Stealin' Feelin' and A Breath Of Fresh Air-Gency) in 1987 until their lifeline snapped before they had chance to release an album. A shame as an early demo tape that circulated among fanzines had a great anthemic politico-sing-a-long track entitled Mile Apartheid (From South Africa We're Not So) that was otherwise unreleased.
A1 What You Gonna Do When Your Lifeline Snaps
B1 Matter Batter


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