London mod-psych revivalists The Direct Hits have some rare early tracks uncovered by Optic Nerve Recordings.

Way back in 1982, Battersea-based band had released one single ‘Modesty Blaise’ on Dan Treacy’s Whaam! label, earlier in the year. This was singled out in the music press as not just one of your average Jam crash/bang/wallop mod revivalist tunes. Live gigs showed they had a mighty powerful set of catchy mod/pop tunes in the back pocket. 

But with Whaam! struggling to provide the funds to record an album, the songs were too good not to commit to a full 12″ set, so The Direct Hits pooled their limited resources and self-financed a very cheap one day session in a tiny studio in Tooting, South London called Broadway Sound.

The Broadway Recording Sessions comprises twelve tracks recorded during that period, some of which would be re-recorded for their debut album Blow Up, finally released by Whaam! in August 1984.

The Direct Hits would release several singles and one more album House Of Secrets before splitting in 1987. The Broadway Recording Sessions takes you right back to where it all started!

Set for release on 27 February through Optic Nerve Recordings on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl, The Broadway Recording Sessions is available to pre-order here.

Watch a video trailer.


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