The Len Bright Combo – Combo Time! – CD
Combo Time was the second and last album to be released by Medway veterans The Len Bright Combo, featuring front man and songwriter Wreckless Eric. One of the most influential artists to emerge from the Stiff Records stable, Eric had one of punk’s biggest hits with “Whole Wide World” in 1977. Following the immediate rush of their debut with a quick punch to the jaw, The Len Bright Combo returned to their DIY recording set-up for a second long player in the same year, making sure to capture their ramshackle power before it was suddenly extinguished. These recording have now become extremely rare and sought after, so these Fire reissues are sure to be very welcome.
An explosive beat combo ruling over the mid-80’s UK Medway scene, The Len Bright Combo paired Wreckless Eric with the ramshackle rhythm section of Russ Wilkins and Bruce Band. Putting today’s garage pretenders to shame, the combo recorded two albums of rough and ready pop blasts, with the shake and stomp never losing Eric’s sharp wit, or melodic punch.
Hardly in step with the UK fads of the day, the trio toured with their own PA system, blasting out performances like each one could be their last. Soon, it would be, as they parted ways after two underground albums released in the space of a year, leaving behind a collection of smoldering gems.
This reissue will finally make the albums widely available and have been lovingly re-assembled, including detailed and entertaining liner notes from Eric himself, taking us back to those days, warts and all.