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For a brief period in the 1970s, the Tyla Gang represented the very best of the pub-rock era. And here, gathered together on three CDs, is a comprehensive summary of their career.

As you might expect, both of the band’s albums, Yachtless and Moonproof , are included, and along with those are the aborted third album, assorted live tracks, BBC sessions and out-takes. As such this is a superb celebration of why the Gang stood apart from the punk and new-wave bands who dominated the era. Led by the indomitable Sean Tyla, they were straightforward rock’n’rollers who appreciated the value of roughed-up melodies couched in high-energy boogie.

Yachtless is perhaps the better of the two albums, with songs like Hurricane and Speedball Morning fizzing and jiving. Moonproof has some genuine highlights, while the unfinished third album could have taken the band to a new level. And the bonus tracks are far from being just fillers, with both Speedballs and Spitballs, two other projects fronted by Tyla, also getting space.

Sean Tyla should be hailed as one of the UK’s most crucial rock’n’rollers. And this compilation of his Gang at work amply underscores his worth. Pub rock in its pomp.

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Tyla Gang – Yachtless (1978)


Following the break-up of Ducks Deluxe, Sean Tyla formed Tyla Gang in late autumn of 1975 with his brother Gary, Phil Nedin (drums) and Peter O’Sullivan (bass) from Welsh band Jack Straw. In the spring of 1976, Richard Treece from Help Yourself joined the band. Within a few months Gary Tyler and Treece left the band and Welshman Tweke Lewis, formerly of Man, became the new guitarist.

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They went into Pebble Beach studio in Worthing, and under the guidance of producer Tony Platt recorded 6 tracks including “Suicide jockey” and “Cannons of the Boogie Night” as well as “Styrofoam” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre Boogie”. These latter two tracks were released as the “double B-side” 4th single on the legendary Stiff Records label. Tyla also produced Stiff’s eighth single Plummet Airlines’ “Silver Shirt” / “This Is The World”.

In April 1977, two further tracks from that session were released (“Cannons of the Boogie Night” and “Suicide Jockey”) on Skydog Records. In 1977 the second Tyla Gang band were formed consisting of guitarist Bruce Irvine, bassist Brian “Kid” Turrington and drummer Mike Desmarais; Turrington and Desmarais having played together in The Winkies.

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Although unsigned, the Gang attracted critical attention and played two Peel Sessions in 1977 (30 May and 4 October).[7] They eventually signed a contract with the California-based Beserkley label in 1977 and released their first album, Yachtless in 1978. Reviewing the LP in Christgau’s Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981), Robert Christgau wrote: “Punk has not been good for former Duck Deluxe Sean T. because it’s meant urbanization. I have nothing against the slick, hooky power chords his pub-rock has evolved into, not in theory. But when his charming if overly mythic tales of fireballs and West Texas running boards evolve into ‘The Young Lords’ (give me a break, Bruce Springsteen) and ‘On the Street’ (give me a break, Bob Geldof), I begin to crave recognizable human detail.”

Part way through recording their next album Moonproof, Turrington left and Whaley joined to finish the album; this line-up recorded a Peel Session on 9 August 1978. Richard Treece also rejoined but Beserkley’s UK operation went bankrupt in 1979, and Tyla disbanded the Gang shortly after.

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In 2010, the Tyla Gang reformed in their original line-up, touring Sweden during the fall. In 2013, they added John McCoy of Gillan and Mammoth fame to replace original member, Brian Turrington who had taken a leave of absence for personal reasons. The Gang have released two albums since their reformation, 2010’s “Rewired”, a compilation of lost studio and live recordings and as of 18 March 2013, a new studio album, Stereo Tactics. In 2015 The Tyla Gang released a live set, Live In Stockholm recorded at the Akkurat Bar in Stockholm, Sweden in 2013 on Angel Air Records and will be releasing a 3-CD anthology, Pool Hall Punks through Cherry Red Records in May 2016 to coincide with Sean’s 70th Birthday Tour.

Tyla died on 17 May 2020. According to an appreciation by British music journalist Will Birch, Tyla had chronic liver disease. (wikipedia)

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And here´s the first album by Tylan Gang:

It’s an album of straight ahead, driving blues rock – not unlike classic Quo circa ‘Piledriver’. ‘Hurricane’ sets the scene nicely complete with slide guitar and ‘Lost Angels’ will get your foot tapping! There is even a touch of country rock on the mellow ‘New York Sun’. This release also adds no less than six bonus tracks, including the smokin’ ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre Boogie’. Some great guitar playing on here from Tyla and fellow guitarist Bruce Irvine.

A worthy album and if your bag is the blues rock of George Thorogood, get hold of a copy of this CD. (Jason Ritchie)


Excellent album , I own it since the early 80’s and I still listen to it … I love “speed ball morning” among the others songs . I warmly recommand this album. (by Mycolin)

Damn impressive album that I bought on pretty much a whim. Great hard boogie with some fine songs, and a real pre-punk kind of bash about it. Produced by Deke Leonard of Man fame. (by Bnoring)

Indeed: a really strong album that you can still listen to today.


Personnel: Michael Desmarais (drums, percussion., vocals) Bruce Irvine (guitar) Brian Turrington (bass, percussion) Sean Tyla (guitar, vocals, keyboards)


Tracklist: 01. Hurricane (Tyla/Irvine) 3.17 02. Dust On The Needle (Tyla) 4.37 03. On The Street (Tyla) 2.58 04. New York Sun (Tyla) 3.16 05. Speedball Morning (Tyla) 3.04 06. Don’t Shift A Gear (Tyla) 3.03 07. Lost Angels (Tyla) 3.44 08. The Young Lords (version 2) (Tyla) 3.20 09. Whizz Kids (Tyla/Irvine) 3.30 10. Don’t Turn Your Radio On (Tyla) 3.45 + 11. Amsterdam Dog (Tyla) 3.30 12. Cannons Of The Boogie Night (Desmarais/Irvine/Turrington/Tyla) 3.28 13. Suicide Jockey (Desmarais/Irvine/Turrington/Tyla)  4.53 14. Styrofoam (Tyla/de Vore) 15. It’s Only Rock And Roll (But It Gets Up Your Nose) (Tyla) 4.29 16. Texas Chainsaw Massacre Boogie (Tyla) 3.31


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