Hailing from Bristol, The Cortinas formed in 1976 and started out as one of the dozens of post-Sex Pistols ‘ramalamadolequeue’ bands, replete with genuine pseudo-political small-label single (Fascist Dictator). but on
But on True Romance, their first album, they evolved into a thoroughly likeable, if unspectacular, primitive rock ‘n’ roll band.
Their brand of stripped-down, amphetamine-fuelled R&B – punctuated with bolshy shouty vocals – found favour with the early punk crowd.
A further single followed (Heartache c/w Mr Waverly) before The Cortinas called it a day.