Scars came out of the punk thing in Edinburgh.

Their scratchy, death disco, angular post punk saw them land somewhere between the early Adam And The Ants and the Fire Engines – they were kinda John Peel wonk and promo Goth except they were first.

Their Horrorshow/Adultry single is one of the great seven inches of the period and their album although with added major label sheen still hinted at their pure genius. In October Cherry Red are finally releasing all the demos in a 3CD box set and it’s time to seriously celebrate this great band.


In the mean time demos turn up like this… a track called Slime that is so utterly timeless that if someone like the 1975 released it today it would be a top 5 hit.


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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. I first heard The Scars when the Fast Records compilation came out. Mekons, Gang of 4, Human League, classic record. Horrorshow still amazes me everytime I hear it, that jangly guitar and anguished vocals. At first I didn’t even know what language they were singing in. What are the lyrics about? Genius song. Again with Adult/Ery it was only when I could decipher the lyrics, (many years later with the help of the internet), that I figured out it was Adultery. Sorry boys the LP was pretty lame, too New Romanticy for me.


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