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The Automatics


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The Automatics are best known for their Punk/Powerpop standard ‘When the tanks roll over Poland again’, (released on Island Records in 1978) which became one of the first Number Ones in the newly introduced Punk/New Wave charts .

An album entitled ‘Walking with the radio on’ was recorded at the same time under the guidance of upcoming producer Steve Lillywhite, but shelved by Island Records as they focused their attention and producer on an upcoming outfit calling themselves ‘U2’. The band disbanded shortly after. Drummer Ricky ‘Rocket’ Goldstein left to join Sham 69 and played on Sham`s later hits.

Guitarist Wally Hacon went off to work with Wreckless Eric, for whom he wrote the single ‘Broken Doll’ (later covered by Sir Cliff Richard), whilst Bobby Collins had a spell as bass player in Holly and The Italians.

The ‘Walking with the radio on’ album was eventually given a release in Japan in 2000 by Base Records, and a UK release in 2003 by Angel Air Records.

With renewed vigour, lead vocalist and songwriter Dave Philp re-assembled The Automatics in 2000 and recorded the Automatics “2” album with top L.A. producer Jim Wirt. “2” was released in Japan by Base Records in 2001 and promoted by a series of Japanese dates. Another album of “Rarities” from their early days was issued by Base Records the same year.

In 2002, Swedish label Diapazam Records coupled together 2 early tracks and released the 7” vinyl single “Wild One”/ “Like a moth into a flame”.


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  • PokeBaal

    I vote for the Japanese one

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • placidian

    Automatic Eraser!

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • enid_coleslaw_

    The British Automatics already have a page under "Automatics." This page should be for the Japanese band.

    16 Dec 2010 Reply
  • joescalantei


    17 Jul 2009 Reply
  • miadavey


    30 May 2008 Reply
  • miklophone

    It's a nice story on 'This American Life' (Chicago Public Radio podcast) - that's what brought me here.

    5 Apr 2008 Reply
  • master-freeze

    Aahhh, shit, they should put a warning or something- I thought that Monster was a song by The Automatics and not by The Automatic all along ...

    9 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Scott_25

    thanks to the magic of misspelling, the automatics are experiencing a resurgence in popularity lmao

    12 Mar 2007 Reply
  • Masterian07

    Great artist, love the song 'Monster'.

    24 Feb 2007 Reply
  • LawnchairGenera

    If you're looking for What's that coming lalala you've misspelled your tags. It's The Automatic (without an s)

    7 Dec 2006 Reply

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