"I've got a girl in Rome, she's calls me on the telephone"
Above: Stolen Property UK LP release, 1982, front and back covers.
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Cat. No: Sharp 100
Label: Flicknife Records
Recorded: September 1981
Released: 24th February 1982
LOUIE - LOUIE (KINGSMEN)
OH YEAH (GREEN/FIELD)
TALKIN' BOUT YOU (C.BERRY)
LET'S GO GO (C. HARPER)
HOG FOR YOU (B. DIDDLEY)
HEY JOE (TRAD)
Run-out groove: A PORKY PRIME CUT SHARP 100 A1 WE MURDER MUSIC PAG
LIGHT MY FIRE (KRIEGER)
WAITING FOR MY MAN (L. REED)
NIGHT OF THE JACKAL (C. HARPER)
FEMME FATAL (L. REED)
HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN (W. DIXON)
Run-out groove: PURE FILTH ALL YEAR ROUND SHARP 100 B1 PAG A PORKY PRIME CUT
Vocals & Harp: Charlie Harper
Guitar: Tony Conway
Keyboards & Guitar: "Dirty" Dave Dudley
Bass: Steve Slack
Drums: Pete Davies
Dave Dudley recalls the album like this:
"Soon after the single there was talk of an album. This was made to happen by the bloke from Flicknife Records (I don't remember his name, everyone used to call him 'Frenchy' on account of him being a French chap! We were booked in a dingy, smelly 8 track studio in the basement of squat in Battersea and made Stolen Property. The engineer/ studio owner was Dave Ross who I remembered from Alaska Studios at Waterloo from a few years before. We used to call him Dross! The pic on the back is just down the road from where the studio was. As you can see the band are wearing their usual day clothes (as opposed to the Freaked pic!) and we all look a lot happier. You can also see an out of proportional number of Morris Minor cars! This is because there was a bloke round there that did them up (they were very old fashioned even in 1982 or wotteffah!) and he parked and worked on them in the street. The whole 'hood is redeveloped now. The album consists of all the tunes we did live (which was still essentially the Marauders' set) plus a couple of original as ever, made up on the spot. It was a bit of a rush job done on a shoestring really. The picture on the back was by the wall at the back of the squat and Harper's donkey jacket has Urban Dogs scrawled on it in chalk. This is at least a year before their inception! Weird!"
A big thank you to Dave for the info.
Dave got "Dirty" monika from Charlie due to his dirty blues guitar playing style.
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- Above: Album review by Robbi Millar, Sounds, 13th March 1982, page 53.
- Above: News story about upcoming solo album, Noise magazine, 19th August 1982.
- Below: Competition to win the LP in Punk Lives magazine. Issue 1.
- Below: 'Poster' page of Charlie, from the above magazine.
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