- 20 Jun 22
The power-pop/punk outfit recorded the track in back in 1981, releasing it at the perfect time to coincide with Danny Boyle's Sex Pistols biopic Pistol.
Classic punk/powerpop band The Sussed have dropped a music video for their track 'It's The Control' - a previously unreleased song from the outfit's active years.
The video was released on Spit Records' Youtube channel; the same Spit Records who re-released the band's remastered EP Don't Swim On The East Coast/I Wanna Conform back in 2017.
The Dublin based outfit consisting of Rory Stokes, Paul Mooney, Declan Jones, and John McGrath were extremely popular in the Irish punk scene from around 1979 to 1984.
As is popular with the punk genre, The Sussed were known for provocative social commentary within their lyrics - this may have been the reason we didn't see much more from them after the mid '80s. This becomes prevalent when you learn the Dublin based outfit were once banned from RTE's charts for their track 'Don't Swim On The East Coast', which condemned the nuclear waste plant Windscale, later renamed to Sellafield.
Fans like Dave Fanning, Larry Gogan and the BBC's John Peel ensured the band's reputation remained untouched but alas, with more support from stations such as RTE, maybe these punks would've had a much longer lifespan.
'It's The Control' drips with power-pop exuberance, almost as if The Damned, Dead Kennedys and Buzzcocks had a very eccentric Irish baby. The previously unreleased track was recorded as a demo in 1981, but held in the archives until the perfect time for its birth.
The DIY style visual is extremely reminiscent of the early Irish punk scene, with heavy archive use and nostalgic footage. This lends itself well to the fact that this track is really over 40 years old - back when the creation of music videos and visuals were far more financially out of reach than nowadays.
The band's playful nature has always been at the forefront of everything they do, with a previous headline gig poster listing the Rolling Stones, Boomtown Rats, AC/DC and the Sex Pistols as support acts back in 1982. So, it comes as no surprise that this new release would be perfectly aligned with the release of Danny Boyle's Sex Pistols biopic Pistol.
Check out the music video for 'It's The Control' below.