Welcome to Spit Records the virtual home of Northern Ireland punk. Formed in 2011 by Sean O’Neill, co author of the book - It Makes You Want To Spit!
My aim is to issue previously unreleased late 70s, early 80s recordings by Northern Ireland’s PuNK and New Wave bands and at the same time to build a detailed information resource on the bands from that era. The punk scene in Northern Ireland was set against a backdrop of spiraling troubles, curfews, home-made mortars, car bombs, Maze hunger strikes, security checks as you entered the city centre and worst of all… show bands in goddamn flares! Northern Ireland needed punk and it became one of the last strongholds in the UK.
PunK was never a spectator sport, so please do contact me if you have any information, photographs or suggestions for future releases. Alternatively you can leave your comments via the guest book. Despite being a one man operation this site is constantly being updated and extended, so do keep checking back.
The debut release on Spit Records is a live recording by The Outcasts - the 14 track CD, Vive Lyon! The recordings capture the band live at two concerts in Lyon, France in the early 80’s when the band were at the height of their playing prowess. These previously unreleased recordings reaffirm my belief that the band’s live aggression and sound was never truly captured properly in the studio.
The follow up release is a 24 track compilation entitled Shellshock Rockers which contains previously unreleased studio recordings from 1978 to 1981. Six bands contribute four songs each with a detailed 12 page booklet where ex band members explain what inspired each song featured. This CD is strictly limited to just 500 copies.
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