Punk rock was all the rage in 1977, but that didn't bother
the Count Bishops: five unashamedly blokes, emerging
from the bars and clubs of London, with a solid
rock'n'rollin' sound that some thought retrograde and
others timeless. At the very least, they could claim to be
the finest Polish, Australian, American, English band in
? This was the debut of singer Dave Tice, who joined the
original line-up of Zennon De Fleur (rhythm guitar and
haulage), Johnny Guitar (guitar), Steve Lewins (bass) and
Paul Balbi on drums. As tight a unit as you could wish for,
they produced a driving, raucous rhythm and blues.
? The LP is a mix of originals, blues tunes and classic 60s
covers, all played with plenty of meat on the bone. Julian
Holland is credited as piano on 'Down The Road Apiece',
and I wonder whatever happened to him. Vic Maile, one of
the country's finest engineers, pushed faders and worked
magic on the audio. Two originals, 'Baby You're Wrong' /
'Stay Free' became the single off the album and the band
hit the road with Mot rhead. If you remember being on that
tour, you weren't.
? It's a record that has stood the test of time, when some of
their punkier contemporaries now sound of their time.
? The sleeve of the first issue was printed on the reverse of
the board, giving it a suitable gritty, rough-cut look that we
have reproduced here as best possible 45 years later. The
blurred photograph on the front lends them an air of
menace, a bunch of long hairs in a time of short cuts.
? They went on to one more studio album before Zenon died
as a result of a crash in his Aston Martin, which he had
lovingly restored. The four remaining members reformed in
2005 for the Ace 30th anniversary party at Dingwalls
Dancehall in Camden Town and they still rocked the house.