"OVERLOAD" album released on CD - Mon 3 Sept. 2007 on Overground Records.
20 tracks, 78 minutes.
Cat. no: OVER 116VP CD. Barcode: 604388689422.

Norfolk College of Arts and Technology Talent Show - October 1979



The Nuclear Socketts formed in King’s Lynn, Norfolk in April, 1979. At their first gig later that year, John Peel was in the audience. He became an immediate convert and would later give the band considerable airplay.

The band released two singles in 1981, the first of which was ‘Honour Before Glory’ 1st single/EP, released in January. It made No. 1 in the King’s Lynn chart. It was so successful that the band started their own label Subversive and released records by Reality, European Toys and Section A.

In March, 1981 the band appeared as part of the John Peel Roadshow at Lowestoft College. The gig was recorded and appears here.

August saw the release of the ‘Play Loud’ 7”. In the same month the band recorded a John Peel session with ex-Mott The Hoople’s Dale Griffin.

Both singles are highly sought after amongst 70s punk collectors and killed-by-death fans.

The band continued to gig but without the assistance of a bigger label folded in 1983.
‘Overload’ compiles their two singles and the live appearance with John Peel, who introduces their set and is packaged in a 12-page booklet with rare photos and a detailed history of the band.

Track Listing:

Pretenders Zeal/ Spy In My Brain/ Potential Killers/ Play Loud/ Shadow On The Map/ Rules And Regulations/ Wrong Age/ Potential Killers/ Third World War/ Society/ Shadow On The Map/ Spy In My Brain/ Play Loud/ Riot Squad/ Honour Before Glory/ Where It Ends/ Bully Boys/ Pretenders Zeal/ Play Loud/ Shadow On The Map

Sales Points:

+ First time on CD for any of these recordings
+ Contains both highly collectable singles and previously unreleased live recordings
+ Includes 8 previously unreleased tracks
+ Packaged in a 12-page booklet with a detailed band history and rare photos
+ Will be popular to both 70s and kbd collectors
+ Press campaign will target specialist media


Listen to the singles on:



Bass player Brett Gurney (Nottingham University, 1981)

Nuclear Socketts, Wells, Norfolk, Sept '81

Fan: Amsterdam 2007

Nuclear Sockets 2nd single




Last update: 20 July 2008