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  • Vinyl (23 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cleopatra Records
  • ASIN: B00JOWHPU8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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First and best of the three albums recorded by the original Deviants lineup, Ptooff! is capable of sharply polarizing attitudes. To a number of ex-Swinging London cognoscenti (see Jonathon Green's Days In The Life) the Deviants remain a byword for musical incompetence; even their former manager, Steve Sparkes, recently dubbed Ptooff! "the worst record in the history of man." In hindsight, though, the Deviants were simply a decade ahead of their time, their alleged "ineptitude" making perfect sense in light of Punk's back-to-basics ethos. There's a large dollop of justice in Mick Farren's claim that, along with the MC5 and the Stooges, the Deviants had more to do with the way rock developed than the likes of Ten Years After. Led Zep they weren't, but who'd want them to be? (Paul Rudolph, apparently, but that's another episode.)
    Ptooff!'s significance lies as much in the manner of its making as in its music. Mick Farren, anarchist, hustler, underground writer and sometime doorman at London's groovy UFO club, puts together a shambolic R&B band called the Social Deviants. By dint of persistence and massive drug ingestion the band overcomes opposition from those among the cognoscenti who like their freakouts on the mellow side, and becomes something of a fixture on the London scene. Eschewing the standard music-biz route to getting a record out, Farren persuades a whacked-out hippie son of a millionaire to put up the cash for an album. Mercifully free of any record company pressure to make "product", and fuelled by even more drugs and the will to attempt radical sonic experiments, the band parlay their technical limitations and studio naïvete into a flawed masterpiece of Zappaesque garage psychedelia.
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These are the sleeve notes I wrote for Angel Air's brand new release of the classic album, 'Ptooff!'. They give an insight into the scene at the time and the legendary Peter Shertser, one half of the 'the firm':

`Counterculture: A subculture whose values and norms of behaviour deviate from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural norms.'

The epitome of Sixties counterculture was an entertaining and enigmatic individual by the name of Peter Shertser.

Shertser was part of a group of radical free thinkers who went under the name of `the Firm'. The Firm was artistic, non-conformist and leftfield, undertaking random acts of mischief, as Peter explained to Jonathon Green for his book `Days in the Life, Voices from the English Underground 1961-1971':
"We used to enjoy a bit of wrecking. That started from fourteen or fifteen onwards. It was clever wrecking, not just vandalism. We'd cement a Hoover to a bath. Very Magritte influenced, Man Ray, and all that kind of thing, thinking about Bunuel films."

Peter's `partner in crime' was a creative young man by the name of Ian Sippen. Peter and Ian are colourfully described by Deviant's lead vocalist, Mick Farren in his memoir:

"Our staunch allies in combating the mod/skinhead problem were a motley bunch of Jewish East Londoners known as the Firm. The Firm were ex-mods themselves, but of the earlier, stylish variety whose twin dedications were music - primarily the blues - and creating chaos and mayhem wherever they went. Led by the dire duo Peter Shertser and Ian Sippen, the Firm had taken a bunch of acid but managed to retain a highly mutated version of the traditional mod vision...
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A juxtaposition of ballads and psychedelia, of tunefulness and atonality in the spirit of the Beatles White Album. A raucous, rebellious, primeval punk celebration of all forms of "rock and roll."
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These are the sleeve notes I wrote for Angel Air's brand new release of the classic album, 'Ptooff!'. They give an insight into the scene at the time and the legendary Peter Shertser, one half of the 'the firm':

`Counterculture: A subculture whose values and norms of behaviour deviate from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural norms.'

The epitome of Sixties counterculture was an entertaining and enigmatic individual by the name of Peter Shertser.

Shertser was part of a group of radical free thinkers who went under the name of `the Firm'. The Firm was artistic, non-conformist and leftfield, undertaking random acts of mischief, as Peter explained to Jonathon Green for his book `Days in the Life, Voices from the English Underground 1961-1971':
"We used to enjoy a bit of wrecking. That started from fourteen or fifteen onwards. It was clever wrecking, not just vandalism. We'd cement a Hoover to a bath. Very Magritte influenced, Man Ray, and all that kind of thing, thinking about Bunuel films."

Peter's `partner in crime' was a creative young man by the name of Ian Sippen. Peter and Ian are colourfully described by Deviant's lead vocalist, Mick Farren in his memoir:

"Our staunch allies in combating the mod/skinhead problem were a motley bunch of Jewish East Londoners known as the Firm. The Firm were ex-mods themselves, but of the earlier, stylish variety whose twin dedications were music - primarily the blues - and creating chaos and mayhem wherever they went. Led by the dire duo Peter Shertser and Ian Sippen, the Firm had taken a bunch of acid but managed to retain a highly mutated version of the traditional mod vision...
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