The Kissing Bandits – Lost in The Eighties

A little slice of local history slipped out late last year in the form of a CD called Park Lane Archives. This was a collection of songs and demos recorded at park Lane studios in Glasgow’s south side in the eighties. Notable for being where Texas, Altered Images, the Bluebells and Del Amitri did some of their early recordings, of more interest were those bands who did not achieve stardom but faded into obscurity. My interest was piqued by the inclusion of a song from The Kissing Bandits, a band I followed avidly back then. With a live sound that owed much to the garage punk classics of the sixties they wrote some fine songs and played some great gigs including the night that The Fleshtones wowed Nightmoves. They released a few singles and an album (on the French New Rose label) but sadly faded away. Singer Ronnie Costley now resides in Ireland and continues to perform, bassist Brendan Moon moved into promotion and is currently involved with Paulo Nutini. Spurred by the Park Lane disc I dug out their old singles to give them a spin and here for your listening pleasure is their version of The Flamin’ Groovies’ Shake Some Action.
Shake Some Action

For some more info on the Bandits have a look here.


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