Case ”ËAin’t Gonna Dance ”â Recordings 1980-1985′ (Damaged Goods DAMGOOD385)
Released 14th November 2011
Record companies have a habit of announcing that their latest release is culturally significant, the artist concerned is the future of music etc ”â We know to our cost that this is often hyperbole in an effort to shift units. Damaged Goods describe Case as ”Ëlegendary’ – and for once I think the term is justified”Â¦
Case were formed in the rock ”Ën’ roll wasteland that is Croydon during the summer of 1979 its members having been introduced to each other by Slimey Toad from pub rockers Johnny Moped. The date is significant; at that time the initial wave of punk and the impact it created had subsided, those able to play were experimenting with their sound, the first stirrings of ”Ëpost punk’ were emerging, others rode out the mod revival linked to the release of ”ËQuadrophenia’ and took to the developing Two Tone/Ska movement, others pursued a more new wave path. Case absorbed all these influences and created their own unique high octane frenetic sound.
Case played extensively in the pubs of South London and garnered a small but fanatical following; who displayed their devotion by mounting a vociferous graffiti campaign, one fan is alleged to have spent his lunchtimes visiting public toilets across London, he unrolled rolls of toilet paper and wrote CASE on each sheet before rolling them up again!! A glimpse into the future perhaps, was this the first viral marketing push?
Case released just one single; the 7”Â ”ËWheat From The Chaff’ EP in 1983 which topped the UK indie chart and resulted in radio play via John Peel, Janice Long and Kid Jensen ”â this resulted in more prestigious gigs with the band appearing at The Rainbow, The Hammersmith Palais, and The Marque; despite this Case never quite broke through, and failed to release another single. They didn’t split, they just stopped playing together”Â¦ however that to is about to change.
”ËAin’t Gonna Dance’ is the first collection of all the bands recorded work, being compiled from the best available source tapes which have then been faithfully cleaned and re-mastered for this long overdue release.
”ËAin’t Gonna Dance’ ably demonstrates quite why Case generated such devotion and also reminds just what an inventive and potent force they really were.
Album opener ”ËOh’ is a ballsy brass filled ska punk number that initially appeared on the “Wheat From The Chaff’ EP, title track ”ËAin’t Gonna Dance’ is in the same vein with an expressive vocal delivery from front man Matt Newman strongly reminiscent of Kevin Rowland, whilst ”ËOnly You, Only Me’ fair bristles with spiky punk based attitude with proto oi! tinged backing vocals.
Case clearly had their musical fingers on the pulse of emerging styles for on ”ËCriminal Ways’ included here in demo form they employ both the drum patterns and vocal delivery soon to be easily recognised in the pre-goth positive punk of pre fame Adam & The Ants.
Case display their punk roots during ”ËLeft Here By Myself’ but even here the track benefits from some subtle bass sax, not dissimilar to that employed by X-Ray Spex, ”ËLet That One Go’ features the same sax that is interwoven with staccato guitar before leading you into a powerful chorus.
What’s evident from listening to this album, particularly some 25years after the material was recorded was just on the button Case were; as the album progresses you find yourself name checking numerous now well known bands that Case sound similar to ”â arguably Case could be considered the ”Ëmissing link’ in the development of post punk/alternative music
”ËLondon Town’ spills out of the speakers with an urgent driving riff Stuart Adamson would have been proud of, coupled with terrace style chorus the average oi band would die for. Things go somewhat astray during ”ËI Am The Only People’ when it seems Case delved into the emerging synth scene with less impressive results.
Overall an excellent release that more than justifies the belief that Case truly were a band full of creative vision who should have achieved so much more ”â they were renowned for their uproarious live performances and these predominately studio recordings really do faithfully capture the energy and vitality that Case displayed.