Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Not an offshoot of the Cortinas, the Escorts was a less prolific brand made in the powerpop mould. A rare model, their only single was seldom seen and some doubted its existence. The Escorts was manufactured in Melbourne, Derbyshire and only a few hundred miles worth of gigs were clocked up before the engine went phut. Bingo is a cry of despair, an outrage at the rise of the bingo hall, usually at the expense of the local cinema, which broke out like a plague of boils on a seventies Britain that eyed culture with contempt and suspicion. Team this up with The Fall's Bingo Master's Breakout, Mr DJ, and be the envy of the lone geek exiled in anorak corner at some cool retro club.

Band members were Dave T vocals, Bob W guitar, Anthony G bass and Andrew S drums. The record was released in 1980 or thereabouts on Rainbow Sound, the name of the studio in Nottingham where it was recorded.

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1 Deep Freeze Mice : Neuron Music
2 Gits : Too Many People
3 Vampire Weekend : Giving Up The Gun
4 Orange : Judy Over The Rainbow
5 Blood Red Shoes : You Bring Me Down
6 Gross Club : Second Chance
7 Dum Dum Girls : Jail La La
8 Bluetrain : Land Of Gold
9 Dadistics : Modern Girl
10 Playing For Time : With My Heart
11 Shimura Curves : Stronger
12 Lucky Soul : One Kiss Don't Make A Summer
13 Escorts : Bingo
14 Cavalcade : Meet You In The Rain
15 Hardy Boys : Let The World Smother You
16 Cradleyard : This Is The Birth
17 Betty And The Werewolves : David Cassidy
18 Screaming Silence : Same Old Story
19 Ethnobabes : My Friend Ann
20 Cradleyard : Alone

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