In the late 70s, the Prefects were a promising band. They got good press in New Musical Express and other publications, producers of other punk bands had their number, and they were playing alongside some of the punk community's biggest names: The Fall, The Buzzcocks, and The Clash. However, while we look back at bands like The Clash and see them as part of the music underground fighting against the mainstream, from the Prefect's perspective, The Clash were the mainstream, the "dinosaurs" the Prefects were fighting against. The Prefects were a truly indie band. They were never signed, and by they were disbanded, never having recorded a proper album. Perhaps nothing else attests to their independence better than the length of this release, a complete collection of every recorded Prefects song known of today, amounting to 10 songs.
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Fortunately for the Prefects, singer Robert Lloyd was well connected with some bookers. Despite the increased exposure, they were unable to ever secure a record deal. Within three or so years, the quartet broke up, but the members reinvented themselves later as the Nightingales and gained some critical acclaim and a little popularity. So perhaps the evidence is there: not only were the Prefects amateurs, they actually were honest-to goodness wankers, too an insult, by the way, bestowed upon them by Bernie Rhodes, manager of the Clash and Subway Sect, after a particularly ramshackle performance. They also rapidly accelerated from being garden-variety punks to being a band that experimented with sounds, structure and influence.
The Prefects Amateur Wankers. Hot on the heels of Sex Pistols-mania, brothers Alan and Paul Apperly knew they had to form a punk band. After placing an ad in the paper and turning down a few vocalists, they settled on Robert Lloyd. He had carried a few of the Ramones amps on their first UK tour and followed the Pistols around, which was punk experience enough. Their lifespan was brief and existence unheralded, but somehow they managed to attain the type of punk to post-punk experimentalism only seen by the likes of Joy Division and Wire.
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