Ahab- Party Girl 7”

Here’s a 7” from the UK that I can’t seem to get enough of lately. Virtually no info to be had out there on the web, but I do know this record dropped in 1981 via Chicken Jazz, who released several records by The Waterboys. The cover looks a little reminiscent of A-ha’s “Take On Me” video, but the styles are quite different. Here we have what seems to be two one-man minimal synth tracks. The a-side has a bit of a Felt/Eyeless in Gaza-esque vibe to it (a sound I very much enjoy), and features lyrics I’m sure everyone can relate to. The second track (a cover of a classic 70s ballad) is a bit more driving, but still has a bit of sadness behind the uptempo melody. All in all, an excellent obscurity to kick off your week!

Ahab- Party Girl 7”
1. Party Girl
2. Don’t Give Up On Us

*download it here* (RE-RIPPED 6.4.13)

10 Responses to “Ahab- Party Girl 7””

  1. Hey – this single was the brainchild of Paul McLaughlin formerly of the Prats. He was based in Edinburgh and the label Chicken Jazz was owned by members of Another Pretty Face (and later the Waterboys in Mike Scott's case). There is a feature on it in Deadbeat no.2, a zine from Scotland. There is a blog dedicated to the zine with scans, type deadbeatzine in google and it'll take you to it.

  2. frankie teardrop Says:

    Thanks for the extra info, Laura!

  3. oldskool Says:

    Thank you very much for this wonderful melancholic beauty and your precise description!

  4. Can’t thank you enough. Taped ‘Don’t give up on us’ from a John Peel show in 1981 and searched for it for ages but with no luck, until now!

  5. erreur_fatale Says:

    ha, excellent. I love this record!

  6. I shared a flat with Paul when he made this. I nagged him for ages to send it to Simon Bates who at the time, was trying to present himself as a cutting edge DJ and I thought the B side would be perfect for him. Unfortunately, Paul never agreed, so he didn’t send it in. Shame, I think the B side would have been a huge hit and still sounds great today. I heard the demo version of Party Girl too, which had a long, heavy metal guitar solo at the end instead of Gordon McEwans sax, so Paul sort of knew what he was doing!

  7. Thanks all for the really good comments. Michael, I’d forgotten you were encouraging me to do that, I should have listened! 🙂

  8. I just posted on FB “at least one other person on Earth has this 7 inch” I have put both these songs on numerous compilation tapes (and CDs) over the years. Found this at Zed Records in Long Beach in late 80’s. Thanks Paul, I’m a huge Postcard fan so that fact you’re from the same area just makes sense.

    Any more recordings lurking about??

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