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Prior to suiting up, changing their name, and riding shotgun on the mod-revival bandwagon, the Purple Hearts were a punk act from Essex, England called the Sockets whose first gig was supporting the Buzzcocks. But they evolved as musicians, becoming what the NME described as “one of the few mod bands to actually cut it on rock ’n’ roll terms.” Smashing Time is a collection of rarities compiling 24 of their best studio and live outtakes. And though it kicks off with an anthemic title-track, the bookending “Millions Like Us” proved to be the closest thing the band had to a hit, landing at number 57 on the UK Charts. Stylistically, the Purple Hearts had a lot in common with contemporaries like Secret Affair or the Merton Parkas – they took their cues from the Jam’s aggressive, Oi!-tinged power pop and the Who’s sonic guitar tones. “When I See You” sounds like a young Roger Daltrey rewriting The Beatles’ “Rain” while the single version of “Plane Crash” was more indicative of a time when trendier punk was becoming new wave.

Biography

Formed: 1965 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '60s

Although the Purple Hearts' legacy is rather slim, amounting to five 1965-1967 singles, the group was one of the very toughest garage/R&B-styled bands on the '60s Australian scene. Like many Australian bands of the era, they were something of a cross between the British R&B/rock groups (like the Rolling Stones and the Pretty Things) and the somewhat less adept American garage bands, though they leaned more in the British R&B direction. And, like some other notable Australian bands, they...
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