For the third successive Saturday, it’s a return to some words from The Big Gold Dream box set;-

Jeremy Thoms was the driving force behind this Aberdeen quartet who recorded two singles for the city’s Oily Records. Alongside guitarist Roy Ingrams, bassist Donald Macdonald and drummer John Watson, Thoms recorded Out in the Open in Edinburgh at Tony Pilley’s famed Barclay Towers studio.

Following the Presidents Men’s second single, Reasons for Leaving, Thoms decamped to the capital, toured with The Revillos and went on to play in the likes of Strawberry Tarts, The Naturals, New Leaf and The Fabulous Artisans. These days he fronts The Cathode Ray and also runs Stereogram Recordings, which has put out all Cathode Ray material to date, as well as albums by the likes of James King and The Lone Wolves, Roy Moller and The Band of Holy Joy.

The track which was included in the box set was the debut single:-

mp3: The President’s Men – Out In The Open

If you like what you’re hearing, and there’s no reason not to, then I’m pleased to say that while the 7″ vinyl from 1980 isn’t all that readily available on the second-hand market, all three of its tracks were given a first-ever digital release just last month, to mark the 40th anniversary of its release. Bandcamp is the place to go, and all you have to do is click here.