The Prats - Prats Way Up High
Limited Green Vinyl LP - £17.99
1. Disco Pope
3. TV Set
4. Nobody Noticed
5. Die Todten Reyten Schnell
6. Jesus Had A PA
7. General Davis
8. The Alliance
11. Two Views On Life (Demo)
12. Walking Dead (Demo)
13. Prats 2 (Peel Session 1979)
14. Nothing (Peel Session 1979)
15. Jesus Had A PA (Peel Session 1979)
16. You Nobody (Peel Session 1979)
17. Prats I (Peel Session 1979)
18. Poxy Pop Groups (Peel Session 1979)
19. Strange Interlude (Peel Session 1979)
20. A Day In The Life Of Me (Peel Session 1979)
‘Prats Way Up High’ is a compilation of tracks by The Prats, featuring demos and songs from their
John Peel session recorded in 1979.
It was 1978 in Edinburgh and the spirit of punk had hit high school as four friends got together to
form The Prats.
Paul McLaughlin, Dave Maguire, Greg Maguire and Tom Robinson were then aged between 12
and 14, and while their instruments were basic - including a cardboard drum kit - their
enthusiasm carried them through.
The band quickly produced a demo tape and sent it to Edinburgh's legendary indie label Fast
Product (early home of the Human League). This led to the band's debut on the Fast Product EP
A series of singles then followed, including General Davis - which featured in the opening titles of
Hollywood blockbuster The Manchurian Candidate - and Die Todten Reyten Schnell, which was
released on German indie label ‘Da Da Records’.
A number of line-up changes then saw Elspeth McLeod joining to provide additional guitar
(including on the single General Davis) with Jeff Maguire taking over bass duties from Tom
The late John Peel was a fan and long time supporter of The Prats. In 1979 the band recorded a
Peel session, which the broadcaster played with considerable enthusiasm. As he said at the time:
"... this session has put me in a good mood for the rest of the weekend... it's terrific...a great
The legendary broadcaster also offered his fee from a DJing appearance to finance a single
release. 1980 saw the release of The 1990s Pop EP on Rough Trade Music. The seminal EP
contained four tracks - Disco Pope, Nothing, TV Set and Nobody Noticed. Disco Pope received
significant airplay, particularly from John Peel and is still a college radio favourite in the US.
The end of school in 1981 meant the end of the Prats. “Bands are like marriages between four
people,” Paul reflects. “You just stop getting on with each other.”
The green vinyl pressing will be limited to 1,000 units and features a single sleeve and printed
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