handed their walking papers by the press, who latched onto the shouty, belligerent Punk kids. By ’79, you were more likely going to read about the exploits of Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash before you’d stumble upon a review of ELP’s latest live gig. And by that time, reviews of ELP, Yes and the like were leaning towards scathing.
Rain” and “Waiting Game” are other high points. Chartwise, the album didn’t perform as well as the debut but it is equally exciting and fun. The quality control level is quite high on the album, especially when the band attempts to add other influences beyond those that shaped FIRST OFFENCE.
Perhaps in a bid to achieve some commercial success, 1981’s HEATWAVE IN ALASKA blends the British R&B sound of the first two albums with touches of Rockabilly, Pub Rock and Pop. However, the album still retains the The Inmates’ rock ‘n’ roll swagger. Squeeze fans will take delight in the band’s Difford & Tilbrook-penned “On The Beat,” which is certainly quirky and closer to the Rockabilly feel of “Messed Around” than early Squeeze Pub rockers like “Cat On A Wall.” Though some of the tracks were influenced by the Rockabilly revival that was sweeping the UK at the time, the band sticks to their Pub/R&B roots for the most part. “You Can Bet (A Broken Heart)” – written by Phil Everly – is reminiscent of Ian Gomm’s early solo work. “Remember, I’ve Been Good To You” is a blissful slice of soulfulness from The ‘Mates. Even the band’s originals (penned, for the most part, by guitarist Peter ‘Gunn’ Staines) sound like Rock standards at this point. Perhaps not as raw as FIRST OFFENCE, HEATWAVE IN ALASKA is yet another fine album by those chaps in The Inmates!
THE ALBUMS 1979-1982 is a trip back in time yet remains timeless in every way. If you love Dr. Feelgood, Nine Below Zero, Kursaal Flyers, Brinsley Schwarz, Tyla Gang and the rest of the scruffy Pub legends, then you need this. It’s also perfect if you just love some great Rock ‘n’ Roll!