THE BARRACUDAS - 'Summer Fun' / 'Chevy Baby' (Z5) 1980
'Summer Fun' penned by Robin Wills is glorious surf punk with a contagious beat and harmonies. Nothing sounded like this before or since in England. There have been imitators but none came close to this slice of Summer fun. I'm still not quite sure how The Barracudas were not regulars in the charts. This one scraped in to the top 40 back in 1980.
They even got to appear on TOTPs and the action is on YouTube if you care to look. I still haven't figured out what Jeremy Gluck was on during the performance. Too many purple hearts at once or was it just plain euphoria?
The Barracudas certainly got their fair share of column inches in the English music press probably down to the clout of EMI. These two articles have been taken from my copy of Smash Hits, issue June 26-July 9, 1980. Smash Hits was a very popular teen magazine in those days and they covered plenty of punk and new wave bands in the late 70s to early 80s.
I wonder if anyone won the surf board? Or for that matter the 2nd and 3rd prize and had a night out in London with The Barracudas....
|Record Mirror - 1980|