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Fans wait a record 35 years for a Belfast band Shock Treatment 21's debut album

The Days of the Buckshee Bounce Are Nearly Over released 35 years on from original due date

By Maureen Coleman

It's been over three decades in the making - but a Belfast punk band has finally released its debut album.

Shock Treatment 21, a modern-day reincarnation of a late 70s punk/new wave outfit, has just released "The Days of the Buckshee Bounce Are Nearly Over" – a mere 35 years on from its original due date.

The band, which included former Smash Hits and Empire editor Barry McIlheney, formed in Belfast in 1978 and was successful on the local punk circuit. It released two singles, one on Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations record label and another on their own, DAB records. Both tracks, Belfast Telegraph and Big Check Shirts, were given airplay at the time by Radio One punk champion John Peel. But after penning a number of songs for a debut album, Shock Treatment broke up and its members went their separate ways. The album consequently never saw the light of day.

Then in 2011, founding member Davy Treatment reformed the band, bringing new musicians on board, bassist John Rossi, with whom he had previously played in 1990s group Peace Frog, keyboard player Keith McVeigh and drummer Gordie Walker.

The new-look four-piece began to write new material, as well as re-record previous songs. The album, released on Spit Records, was launched at a recent punk festival in Co Down. It features both early singles, with each track given an updated twist.

Davy said: "The original Shock Treatment split up in 1982, without releasing our debut album. But a few years ago I got together with another musician, John Rossi, whom I knew from Peace Frog, and we reformed the band, with new members.

"Releasing the album was something I'd always wanted to do so we began writing new stuff straight away. In total, there are 11 tracks on the album. Some date back to the old band.

"We've re-worked our best known song, Belfast Telegraph, while we've also recorded another classic Big Check Shirts.

"Back in the day, we were basically just kids and we didn't really know what we were doing. This time round, I feel that we can do our songs more justice."

The band's tribute to the Belfast Telegraph and the news headlines of the day was Shock Treatment's most commercially successful single. Released in 1981, it featured on a Good Vibrations compilation record as well as a Belfast Songs Compilation album from the mid 1990s, which included tracks by Simple Minds and Van Morrison.

Davy said: "We've re-worked our single Belfast Telegraph, to bring it bang up-to-date and it's been going down a storm whenever we play it live."

Album available from Head Records, Dragon Records and Good Vibrations


Shock Treatment formed in Belfast in 1978, releasing two singles, including Belfast Telegraph on Energy /Good Vibrations label. The band split in 1982. However, a new version was formed three years ago amid a punk revival in Belfast, prompted by the Terri Hooley biopic Good Vibrations. The revival saw bands like Shock Treatment, Protex and The Outcasts hit the road again

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