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Cortinas, The

Hailing from Bristol, The Cortinas formed in 1976 and started out as one of the dozens of post-Sex Pistols dole queue bands, replete with genuine pseudo-political small-label single (Fascist Dictator).

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.

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