London circa 1976 – whilst "punk" was stumbling through its embryonic stage; learning a third chord and rehearsing a stance of attitude n' anarchy...Snatch was formulating their unique manifesto which spanned a spectrum of music, art, style and a staunch renegade ethic that defied categorizing. Eloquent, elegant, wise, witty and wild, Snatch simultaneously cavorted with punks, peers, princes, pimps, politicians, patricians, pushers, professors, preachers, philosophers, philanderers, philanthropists, puritans, poets, painters and pirates alike...nothing was off limits.
Between 1976 and 1978, Snatch recorded demos in Patti Palladin's home studio, Maida Vale, London. Two titles from these demo recordings surfaced as the first of two influential 7" singles "IRT"/ "Stanley" – released circa late 1976. Subsequently, Snatch re-recorded "All I Want"/"When I'm Bored" and released their second 7" single, circa 1978 – which featured the most expensive artwork to ever adorn a 7" record. In 1977, Snatch collaborated with Brian Eno on the controversial track "R.A.F.", initially released as the B-side of Eno's "King's Lead Hat" single and is included on this Snatch album. Eno was an early disciple (Judy Nylon appears on his second solo LP. Brian's 2-track Revox was often borrowed to mix down Snatch demos from Patti's 4-track Teac!). "R.A.F." was apparently banned in Germany; instantly deeming the "Eno & Snatch" b-side single a 'collector's item'. In 1980 Snatch released a 3-track 12" EP, "Shopping for Clothes" b/w "Joey" & "Red Army".
In 1983, a limited quantity of the eponymous debut LP featuring the Snatch home demos was released on vinyl only. To date, it has never been re-issued, nor has it ever been issued on any other audio format, and remains the one and only full length Snatch album. To mark the album's 35th Anniversary, a repressing of the legendary Snatch is finally being issued – cut from the original mastered analogue tapes!