The Nothings The Recorded Legacy
A lot To Learn (Augustus Records) 1983
This 5 track 12, Steve Jones produced record, was released in 83 on The Nothings own Augustus label.
It proved to be one
of the best documents of Steves work during his lost period
Guitarist/vocalist Phil Holmes plays with a solid energy, while Lenny Keringers driving bass and Bob Deagles rhythmic drumming ensure a full, layered sound.
A Lot To Learn (with Steve on backing vocals) delivers full on, Horrible Suspicion snarls & bites, Do You Remember tames the energy before shouting at you, Reality hits you Professionals style, and World War 3 makes you participate in the action, like it or not. The vocals are handled well with a cutting/biting delivery.
Above: Phil & Steve, Feb. '83
Never mind the released output! The energy & excitement blows you away! Steve leaves the beast untamed, pure 4 track magic.
The 2 cuts featured on the record A Lot To Learn, Horrible Suspicion & Do You Remember, lose nothing in this cruder form. Always a sense that things will get out of control, yet never quite losing the plot. Power punk from the Silly Thing mould, just hear The Nothings version of "Here We Go Again". That guitar! I can confirm that Steve didnt do the solo. Youd never believe it.
The angry youth stance of Government may appear dated to some. I wouldnt agree, if it was worth saying in 83 its certainly worth listening to in 99. Never Change is a gem. Good meaty performance.
What Went Wrong starts with some in-your-face singing/ranting before accelerating into possibly the finest Nothings song captured on tape. Blistering performance.
The final demo is in fact an unreleased Chequered Past demo (see The Nothings/Jones story). Phil & Bob provide the rhythm while Steve provides spine tingling guitar, in classic I Didnt See It Coming fashion. With Michael Des Barres on vocals, this cut surpasses anything on Chequered Past. Its a stunning, moving, performance.
Review by Phil Singleton
All material ©1998/2002 Philjens/www.cookandjones.co.uk