The Edge

The Edge - The Edge (Smear Records 1984)

Victor Garcia-Rivera was born in Cuba around the time Fidel Castro took power. His family fled Cuba in the early 1960’s and ended up settling in Cincinnati, Ohio. Victor founded The Edge in the early 1980’s. The Edge was a local favorite at the Jockey Club in Newport, Kentucky. This is their first single, recorded in late 1983 and released in early 1984 on their own Smear Records. Later in 1984 the band relocated to Boston where they recorded a 2nd single for Throbbing Lobster records.

The Edge were highly influenced by Stiff Little Fingers, which you can tell by Victor’s wonderfully gravelly vocal execution. Newport Gestapo refers to the police in Newport, Kentucky, where the Jockey Club was located. The song refers to a police raid on a Circle Jerks gig in 1983.

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7 Responses to “The Edge”

  1. James Says:

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve never heard of them before but I can see that I’ve been missing out.

  2. stunt Says:

    Well said James…never heard this single either. Great addition to 7inchpunk.com.
    Thanks 1983 for the contribution, we await more from your collection!

  3. Eddie Says:

    Newport gestapop or newest gestapo?

  4. stunt Says:

    Hey Eddie at least one of is awake…thanks for the heads up on that error.

  5. David Worth Says:

    Gah. I hoped beyond hope that this would be a recording of ‘The Edge’ by The Edge (a UK band of the late seventies featuring Jon Moss, later to be part of Culture Club) Foiled again.

  6. stunt Says:

    That is really unfortunate…sorry we couldn’t please you.

  7. Harlan Says:

    Hey there- I think I may still have that 7″ EP to which you were referring:
    by the UK band, The EDGE, circa ‘78, featuring Jon Moss of Culture club/the Damned.
    Contact me if you’re interested.
    thanks

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