Breakdown on stage / No life in the city / You do me in / All sexed up .
Produced by Ian Dickson & the Physicals.
The Physicals : Alan Lee Show : guitar, vocals / Steve Schmidt : guitar / Crister Sol : bass , vocals / Steve Bye : drums .
This record is dedicated to excess .
After the Rings and the Maniacs' nonstop punk ran its course, guitarist Alan Lee Shaw's Physicals adopted a more glam stance, at least on their "All Sexed Up" EP. The storming "Breakdown on Stage" sets the tone by saluting the New York Dolls -- in words, and riffs -- while Shaw indulges some choice Thunders-style plectrum swipes on the slower, yet equally intense"You Do Me In." .
The Physicals existed from 1978 and lasted until 1980. They were London based and began playing regularly at such venues as The Nashville and The Music Machine, soon building a substantial following. As demand for a record grew the band decided on the fastest option and recorded 4 songs live without overdubs onto a 2 track Revox machine. They released it as "All Sexed Up" on their own label Physical Records in September 1978. Despite getting banned purely on the basis of the title by The Independent Broadcasting Authority it sold all 5,000 copies pretty quickly, since becoming a collectors' item. Steve Jones and Paul Cook heard the demos for the next single and offered to produce it. Steve Jones was busy with other commitments so Paul Cook took charge both as producer and drummer on the record. The single was finished in early 1979 but for various reasons wasn't released until 1980 on Big Beat Records. During this delay the band toured with Thin Lizzy, did an Irish tour and continued to build on their already substantial live following. With a lull in their activities, Brian James asked Alan to join his band The Brains, and Charlie Harper asked Alvin to join the UK Subs. The other members decided to pursue other projects and The Physicals disintegrated.