The Valves were one of the early punk groups from Edinburgh, Scotland. The band, cfeatured Dave Robertson as Dee Robot on vocals, G. Dair / Teddy Dair aka Gordon Dair on drums, Gordon Scott or Pada on bass guitar and Ronnie Mackinnon on guitar. The band was originally called Angel Easy and were a pub rock group.
The Valves released three singles before breaking up:-
Robot Love” / “For Adolfs Only” (Zoom – September 1977)
“Tarzan of the Kings Road”/ “Ain’t No Surf in Portobello” (Zoom – December 1977)
“It Don’t Mean Nothing At All” / “Linda Vindaloo” (Albion – June 1979)
I’ve got a second-hand copy of the final single:-
mp3 : The Valves – It Don’t Mean Nothing At All
mp3 : The Valves – Linda Vindaloo
But if there’s one song they are most remembered for it was the b-side of their second single:-
mp3 : The Valves – Ain’t No Surf in Portobello
A new wave classic.
Some of you may very well wondering where the hell is Portobello. Wonder no more…..