Accents are wonderful things, and I love to hear people sing in proper Estuary English, rather than the Kate Nash/Lily Allen/Damon All-Bran bastardisation which has become known as 'Mockney', and this leads me to today's selection.
Scum Of Toytown came from Stevenage one of the 'New Towns' thrown up in the sixties to house those known - like myself - as London Overspill . Unfortunately, the town planners took as their inspiration the Stalinist concrete model (see, for example Grozny).
I first became aware of Scum Of Toytown in 1993 via the Biting Back CD,(Words Of Warning CD35) which was compiled by Martin Kollusion, the DJ/Promoter/All Round Good Egg at The Square in Harlow (Essex's own version of Grozny) from live recordings from that venue. Scum Of Toytown's Sink Or Swim just stood out a mile from the rest of the tracks.
That year, Words Of Warning had also released their Destruction Of Both Houses Of Parliament By Fire(WOW31) 7" which contains studio versions of Sink Or Swim, Jackboot Crusade and Different Drum - three tracks which were to feature on their 1994 Strike CD (WOWCD41) in re-recorded and more developed and, probably - although I'm a bit undecided here, superior versions.
The great thing about the earlier version of Different Drum is singer, Lea's full-on Stevenage accent, something that is, sadly, mostly lost in the album version.
I've upped the all three tracks from the single, plus the live version of Sink Or Swim. However, I should point out that the rather poor quality on the 7" tracks is due to it having been pressed on vinyl made from some substance akin to melted down Angel Delight packets, and not my needle!