The Satellites, "Nightmare"

I've been recommuning with Fall as of late and, as a result, I've been mining some labels they released on for other records to listen to. One of the bands I stumbled upon was the Satellites, a charmingly tidy second-wave punk act that seemed driven to take the power pop spunk of the Buzzcocks' sound to Cars levels of sharpness and sleekness. Couldn't be any drier, neater, and... politer.

Their earlier stuff was imbued with a little more Adam and the Ants scruffy campiness, but it, too, was very well mannered. That's not a jab at all—I quite like the dozen or so songs they got on tape during their short career.