It Was Easy, It Was Cheap, Go And Do It!- An Introduction to the Desperate Bicycles


Once again, this post features a band introduced to me by the encyclopedic Roland Woodbe. DIY 70s punk is a sound I hold dear to my heart for its honest, tenacious, backbone. These bands were not in the game to make it big, rather they were more concerned with creating their own sound and releasing music on their own terms. Out of the dozens of bands I could mention (and may do in the future) the Desperate Bicycles are by far my favorites for epitomizing true independence. They began in 1977 specifically to record a single for their own label, Refill Records, and throughout their 3 year tenure as a band, the Bicycles released five seven inches and one LP. This stuff has become totally collectible as it is pretty rare but sometimes you’ll find a copy chucked in a dollar bin at a record store or they will surface on Ebay. I’ll give you three tunes and if they get you going the way they did me, you MUST try to get The Desperate Bicycles Complete Anthology.

The Desperate Bicycles – I Am Nine

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The Desperate Bicycles – Holidays

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The Desperate Bicycles – Cars

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