Snips ‎– La Rocca! (Vinyl LP)

This is an interesting , obscure album from 1981. Quite a few styles span over the 12 tracks. It features Bill Nelson on synths (you can tell by his choice of sounds and playing style) and Midge Ure produces and plays on the opening track.

Snips was guitarist , singer and songwriter Stephen Parsons who had been early 70’s band Sharks, whose sound influenced a few of the punk bands. He does like the short song with plenty of the album’s tracks being well under 3 minutes. Also appearing on the album was bass – Jackie Badger (Berlin’s Jo Julien provides bass on track 3) drums – split between session drummer Clem Cattini and Dave Mattacks, guitars and keyboards – Chris Spedding  (who also produces) while Duncan Bridgeman helped out Nelson on synths and also on production.

I’m liking the more experimental tracks, “Telepathy” short and sounds a bit like Be Bop Deluxe. The complex and longest track on the album, “Work” and obviously the synth punk of “Nine O’clock” It does have more of a power pop feel to it though as it was recorded in 1979, some of the lyrics are a bit cringe-worthy , “Tight Shoes”

EMI ‎– EMC 3359laroca2

A1 Nine O’Clock
A2 La Rocca
A3 Skies Of England
A4 The Rain
A5 Dark Outside
A6 Backs Of Millions
B1 Police Car
B2 Happy Sometimes
B3 Tight Shoes
B4 Work
B5 Telepathy
B6 What Is Pop ?

2 thoughts on “Snips ‎– La Rocca! (Vinyl LP)”

  1. I remember seeing a review of Snips “La Rocca” in the pages of “Rocks Off,” one of the FM-Rock freebie music papers of my teenaged years. I remember the review made it sound interesting, so I picked it up when I finally saw a copy… 36 years later!

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