Song made by York punk band The Jermz more than 30 years ago is included on new compilation album

Punk rockers Kelvin Knight and Nick Jackson outside what was the Munster Bar, in York

Nick Jackson,with bassist Glen Fisher, right

Drummer Kelvin Knight

The song list showing Powercut by The Jermz

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WHEN four teenagers from York had a brief brush with fame in the 1970s they never dreamt they would be back in the limelight more than three decades later.

Nick Jackson, the vocalist with former punk band The Jermz, said their only single Powercut, “didn’t sell many records at the time but now goes on eBay for £200”, and the track, originally put out by Feel Good Records on Goodramgate, has now been included on Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society.

The album is a compilation of underground punk and post-punk in the UK from 1977-1981 and Nick said the band members are looking for their former bass player, Aussie Spitfire, or Glen Fisher so he can share the sum given out by the record company. Aussie was last seen a decade ago by drummer, Kelvin Knight.

Nick had met Kelvin at college when the pair were teenagers and guitarist Mike Gibson at local gigs before they formed the band. They were then joined by Aussie as the final member of the band after an ad in the Evening Press looking for a bass player.

Together they were one of the first punk bands from York, and toured local pubs. They were regulars at The Munster bar which is now the basement of the White Swan Hotel, and they also played frequently at the Grob and Duccat. Their final gig was in the De Grey rooms in 1978.

Now 54, Nick, who is a product researcher and lives in The Groves, says he is using The Press to locate the bass player because they “really don’’t know where he is.”

According to Nick this is the band’s first professional deal. He said: “Every year we usually get asked to feature on something but this is the first time we have been approached by a professional label.

“It’s funny how the things you get up to as a teenager turn into as classics later in life.”

He has asked Aussie to contact The Press newsdesk on (01904) 567131 or email newsdesk@thepress.co.uk

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2:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

SB Dubs says...

Press you obviously haven't clicked on the second youtube link as it has a very bad swear word...and you are so particular on language used on this site!!
Press you obviously haven't clicked on the second youtube link as it has a very bad swear word...and you are so particular on language used on this site!! SB Dubs
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2:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

SB Dubs says...

SB Dubs wrote:
Press you obviously haven't clicked on the second youtube link as it has a very bad swear word...and you are so particular on language used on this site!!
Ha..removed..a thank you wouldn't go a miss or maybe free presses for me and my relatives!
[quote][p][bold]SB Dubs[/bold] wrote: Press you obviously haven't clicked on the second youtube link as it has a very bad swear word...and you are so particular on language used on this site!![/p][/quote]Ha..removed..a thank you wouldn't go a miss or maybe free presses for me and my relatives! SB Dubs
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2:36pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Percy Filth says...

Punk band from York.......whod've thunk it ? Any more out there ?
Punk band from York.......whod've thunk it ? Any more out there ? Percy Filth
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4:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

the andrew says...

Percy Filth wrote:
Punk band from York.......whod've thunk it ? Any more out there ?
Cyanide.
[quote][p][bold]Percy Filth[/bold] wrote: Punk band from York.......whod've thunk it ? Any more out there ?[/p][/quote]Cyanide. the andrew
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5:31pm Fri 7 Mar 14

allthingsconsidered says...

Could do with more Punk bands in this town.Punk's not just dead all signs of alternative culture are dead and buried.
Could do with more Punk bands in this town.Punk's not just dead all signs of alternative culture are dead and buried. allthingsconsidered
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5:55pm Fri 7 Mar 14

notmyrealname says...

happy memories of the great music scene in York in the late 70s....
one of the posters on the vid shows Siouxie and the Banshees at the De Grey Rooms !! ??
happy memories of the great music scene in York in the late 70s.... one of the posters on the vid shows Siouxie and the Banshees at the De Grey Rooms !! ?? notmyrealname
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11:15pm Fri 7 Mar 14

rodney'sdog says...

Well done Kelvin ..only taken 35 years to make it in the music biz.
Well done Kelvin ..only taken 35 years to make it in the music biz. rodney'sdog
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10:11am Sat 8 Mar 14

Ariadne Marshall-Amp says...

the andrew wrote:
Percy Filth wrote:
Punk band from York.......whod've thunk it ? Any more out there ?
Cyanide.
Yes. Nasty Media were from the Leeds and York area. Their one EP was called Spiked Copy - John Peel played a track (called "John Peel" no less) on his show. The drummer now plays double bass and banjo in York vegetable string band King Courgette. Proof that old punks never die.
[quote][p][bold]the andrew[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Percy Filth[/bold] wrote: Punk band from York.......whod've thunk it ? Any more out there ?[/p][/quote]Cyanide.[/p][/quote]Yes. Nasty Media were from the Leeds and York area. Their one EP was called Spiked Copy - John Peel played a track (called "John Peel" no less) on his show. The drummer now plays double bass and banjo in York vegetable string band King Courgette. Proof that old punks never die. Ariadne Marshall-Amp
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5:57pm Mon 10 Mar 14

roy_batty says...

notmyrealname wrote:
happy memories of the great music scene in York in the late 70s....
one of the posters on the vid shows Siouxie and the Banshees at the De Grey Rooms !! ??
Banshees didn't happen i'm afraid .. big shame!
i saw germs/jermz a couple of times, and went to that final gig in the de grey rooms, see Kelvin most days walking up or down Leeman Road tunnel ..

and am looking forward to going to see 'Penetration' this friday night at fibber's , first saw them at St John's college back in 1977 then again at the pop club(oval ball) in 79 .. good day's for gigs in York back then :)
[quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: happy memories of the great music scene in York in the late 70s.... one of the posters on the vid shows Siouxie and the Banshees at the De Grey Rooms !! ??[/p][/quote]Banshees didn't happen i'm afraid .. big shame! i saw germs/jermz a couple of times, and went to that final gig in the de grey rooms, see Kelvin most days walking up or down Leeman Road tunnel .. and am looking forward to going to see 'Penetration' this friday night at fibber's , first saw them at St John's college back in 1977 then again at the pop club(oval ball) in 79 .. good day's for gigs in York back then :) roy_batty
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