The Maniacs were one of Britain's first and finest punk bands. Formed in June of 1977 they self-destructed in true punk rock style in January 1978, a brief but full career. Highlights included: recording demos with Dave Goodman; signing to United Artists on the strength of the recordings; releasing one of the best singles of the era, 'Chelsea 1977', in November 1977; playing at the Mont De Marsan Punk Festival; appearing in the movie 'Punk Kebab' and recording for the 'Live At The Vortex' album.
'So Far... So Loud' is a 17 track compilation consisting of the 'Chelsea 1977' single, the two live tracks from 'Live At The Vortex', and thirteen demos including nine previously unreleased tracks recorded live directly onto a 2-track tape machine in a studio somewhere in London, just after the band formed.
After The Maniacs split, the members went into different directions. Robert Crash went into songwritng and production, teaming up with The Eurythmics. Rod Latter carried on drumming and joined The Adverts. Alan Lee Shaw formed The Physicals who released two singles before working with other artists including Brian James, Kirsty MacColl, Glen Matlock and Dee Dee Ramone before becoming a long standing member of The Damned.
Chelsea '77/Ain't No Legend/Me And You/Shoot You Down/T.V. Tonight/ Ain't No Legend (inst.)/You Don't Break My Heart (live)/I Ain't Gonna Be History (live)/I Want Fun/BBC/You Don't Break My Heart/Certified/I Ain't Gonna Be History/Squad Squad/Atmosphere Control/Heart Express/ Beat It Up