1. Teenage Nightingales To Wax
2. The Day Industry Decided To Stop
4. The Devil’s Music
5. 3 Junk
6. Death Of The European
7. McDonna
8. English White Boy Engineer
9. Do Not Cross The Line
10. 20th Century Boy
11. The World Of The Workers
12. Windolene
13. Kick The Dog

14. Do The Square Thing
15. Rooster Blue
16. Reds Strike The Blues

New York, Pantheon Books

The Three Johns: The World by Stormn (Abstract import '86). Doomy politics, detached declamations, Leeds connection, they're the Gang of Three, obviously, and if they're not as smart, so be it. No funk crossovers for them, the drums are sure to pick up pattern and accent, but their genius is for basic (and unnostalgic) rock and roll of a purity rarely heard outside punk, if indeed that's where it's located. This time the songs are there, even though the analysis isn't terribly smart either. (That ain't America, lads, it's Capital.) And, considering how much good smarts did the Go4, maybe we should be grateful it's rancor and sarcasm that make them go. (A)
The Three Johns: Live in Chicago (Last Time Round '86)

Indies cater to collectors, and collectors will buy any old shit. Yet this verbatim show isn't just specialist product. The impolite patter includes a clarion call for international socialism, and the cover Versions are droll if a tad conceptual - T. Rex as the Eagles, 'Like a Virgin. There's half a carload of new songs from a writing machine that's already filled two LPs and two EPs since 1985. And if the remakes aren't revelations, most of them are copped from album one, which is now third in line at the checkout counter. (B+)
From: interview with Martin Hewes, The Redskins

The best ever cover version of a Redskins song that I ever heard was the 3 Johns version of 'Red Strike the Blues'. I doubt this was ever recorded so unfortunately it is lost for all time except in the mind of John Langford, creative genius!"

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