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Link records / Chuck Flintstone Presents

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Link records was a UK punk label, run by Mark Brennan and Laurie Pryor.

In 1988 they launch their Chuck Flintstone presents serie offering Chuck Harvey of the Frantic Flintstones a position as scout for Psychobilly music.

Chuck Flintstone presents

The Meteors – Live & Loud* LINK LP 006 – [1987]
Frantic Flintstones – Rockin’ Out LINK LP 051 – [1988]
Coffin Nails – A fistful of burgers LINK LP 058 – [1988]
The Deltas – Tougher than tough LINK LP 060 – [1988]
The Nitros – Nightshades LINK LP 062 – [1988]
The Polecats – Live & Rockin LINK LP 069 – [1988]
Frantic Flintstones – Not Christmas Album LINK LP 072 – [1989]
V/A – Katz Keep Rockin LINK LP 077 -[1989]
Boz and the Bozmen – Dress In Deadmen’s Suits LINK LP 080 – [1989]
The Batfinks – Wazzed ‘n’ Blasted LINK LP 082 – [1989]
Demented Are Go – The day, the earth, spat blood LINK LP 084 – [1989]
V/A – Rockin at the Take Two LINK LP 089 – [1989]
Turnpike Cruisers – Drive drive drive LINK LP 091 – [1989]
The Radiacs – Hellraiser LINK LP 093 – [1989]
The Deltas – Live & Rockin LINK LP 096 – [1989]
Frantic Flintstones – Live & Rockin LINK LP 098 – [1989]
Sugar Puff Demons – Fall from grace LINK LP 099 – [1989]
The Tailgators – Live & Rockin LINK LP 101 – [1989]
Rockin Rocket 88 – Coming home LINK LP 102 – [1989]
Scared Stiff – Dark Streets LINK LP 104 – [1989]
King Kurt – Live & Rockin LINK LP 106 – [1989]
Frantic Flintstones – The nightmare continues LINK LP 109 – [1989]
V/A – Katz Keep Rockin Vol. 2 LINK LP 111 – [1989]
Stage Frite – Island of the lost souls LINK LP 113 – [1989]
Demented Are Go – Live & Rockin LINK LP 116 – [1990]
Coffin Nails – Live & Rockin LINK LP 118 – [1990]
The Batfinks – Live & Rockin LINK LP 122 – [1990]
The Termites – Overload LINK LP 124 – [1990]
The Tailgators – The Tailgators LINK LP 126 – [1990]
The Radiacs – Live & Rockin LINK LP 128 – [1990]
Frantic Flintstones – Schlachthof Boogie Woogie LINK LP 129 – [1990]
Rantanplan – Two worlds at once LINK LP 131 – [1990]
King Kurt – Destination Demoland LINK LP 133 – [1990]

*Not on Chuck Flintstone presents but released in the regular Link serie,

Scared Stiff

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Scared Stiff – Dark Streets

Scared Stiff

Link Records Link LP104 [1989]

Johnny Cynic The Untouchables My Babe She’s So Fine Tear It Up Dark Streets Scared Stiff Ghost Hunter One More Bite Elvis O’Leary

In late 1988 / early 1989 Chuck Flintstone contacted Dave Finnegan in order to release an album of Irish Psychobilly legends Shark Bait but the band had already split.

Finnegan hastily recruited some musicians (Ciaran Murphy on guitar, Johnnie Bonnie on drums and Willo O’Brian on bass as well as a couple of guest) to record this album containing songs from the Shark Bait catalog.

The album contains its share of very good songs, all originals being from the pen of Finnegan. From the psychobilly sound of Johnny Cynic and She’s so Fine (both with wild double bass) or Ghost Hunter to the title track that sounds like what could be described as Psycho-folk. Quite different – but very good – is One More Bite featuring an accordion or the Untouchables that starts with a jazzy mood before evolving into a furious neo-rockabilly.

Next to those very good songs, their covers are totally useless and are only here to release a lp rather than a mini album.

The album also suffers from a poor production (or the absence of production should I say) and a poor mastering .

Two songs (Ghost Hunter and One More Bite) were later reissued on Long Lost Psychobilly Vol. 1 (Treasures From The Vaults Of Link Records).

Shortly after the release of the album Scared stiff disbanded and Dave Finnegan appeared in the Alan Parker’s movie the Commitments before fronting his own Commitments band for a while.

Fred “Virgil” Turgis

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