Format: Compilation LP
Label: Stiff America (I WON)
Price paid: $4.80
Purchased at: The Record Archive, Rochester NY
Stiff put out a lot of compilations. In keeping with the label’s wacky style most had a sarcastic bent to them. As the rather lengthy album title implies, and the label states, this is a promotional item and not for sale. That may be true… or it may have been a gimmick, possibly sold POS at a low price point.
Either way, it’s a rather odd assortment of artists, seemingly compiled in a ‘throw-it-at-the-Americans-and-see-what-sticks’ manner.
Ian Dury: Wake Up And Make Love With Me– From his debut 1977 album ‘New Boots and Panties!’ (SEEZ 4). The song was never released as a single and never charted. It was covered by Sinéad O’Connor on the tribute album ‘Brand New Boots And Panties.’
Any Trouble: Second Choice– From their debut 1977 LP ‘Where Are All The Nice Girls?’ (SEEZ 25). Released as a 7″ (BUY79), but it never charted.
Desmond Dekker: Please Don’t Bend– Desmond was a rather major reggae/ska artist with an extensive back catalog. This track is from his seventh album (1st with Stiff) ‘Black And Dekker’ (SEEZ 26). It was also released as a 7″ (BUY87), but failed to chart.
Jona Lewie: You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties– This track never appeared on a contemporary Jona album, but was released as a single (BUY73) and came in at #16 on the UK Singles chart. In 2010 the song was used in a commercial for IKEA kitchens; Jona appears in the ad as the party’s host.
The Feelies: The Boy With Perpetual Nervousness– From their debut Stiff album , 1980’s ‘Crazy Rhythms’ (SEEZ 20). The song never charted and was not released as a single.
Plasmatics: Concrete Shoes– From their debut album ‘New Hope for the Wretched’ (1980, SEEZ 24). It was not released as a single and didn’t chart.
The sleeve art is all but non-existent, but works for a promotional item. The ‘Stiff America’ logo is an applied sticker, while the title section was hand rubber-stamped on in a delightfully low-tech DIY manner.