Action Pact

Drowning Out The Big Jets - BBC Radio Sessions 1982-83


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‘Mostly better than released versions’. Action Pact were a punk rock band from Stanwell, an isolated village right under the flight-path of London Heathrow Airport, inspiring this album title-song. Formed in 1981 by guitarist Wild Planet, bassist & lyricist Dr. Phibes, and the then 15-year-olds drummer Joe Fungus and singer George Cheex, still school-kids when their Heathrow Touchdown EP was released in October 1981.

BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel played the single manytimes and booked them for their first session, recorded February 1982. Signed to Jungle’s Fall Out Records imprint, Action Pact's label debut Suicide BagEP went to the top of the British punk chart in July 1982. Five more singles entered the indie charts including Yet Another Dole Queue Song, and a reworked London Bouncers, along with two albums, ‘Mercury Theatre – On The Air’ and ‘Survival of the Fattest’. A second John Peel session in ‘82 and a David Jensen BBC session in ’83 were also recorded and broadcast – all collected together here for the first time.

Tracklist
  1. Suicide Bag, Losers
  2. Mindless Aggression
  3. People
  4. Cowslick Blues
  5. Fouled on the Footpath
  6. Times Must Change
  7. Drowning Out the Big Jets
  8. Fools Factions,
  9. Protest is Alive
  10. These Are a Few...
  11. Gothic Party Time
  12. Question of Choice
  13. Cruellest Thief
  14. New Kings Girl
  15. Mercury Theatre (On the Air Again)