I've Just had an email from Terry Welbourn from the former band 'The sinking Ships' I thought It might interest you to see/read some of the reviews of the record from back in the day and recording locations etc so I'll paste it here.
Third World & Weight Loss
Simon Brighton: Guitars, Nick Green: Drums, Colin Hopkirk: Vocals & Terry Welbourn: Bass
Recorded 15-16 March 1980 at 'Studio Playground' Wragby, Lincolnshire.
Produced by Sinking Ships & engineered by Andy Dransfield & Rick Woolgar.
Third World & Weight Loss were released as tracks on Stark Products compilation, vinyl LP ‘Household Shocks’, Summer 1980. STARK LPCO1. (re-released on Dark Entries Records: DE-114, 2016). Sinking Ships appeared alongside; Product of Reason, Thunderboys, One Gang Logic, Juveniles, Mystery Girls, Defectors, Fault 151 & Urbantech.
New Music News : “.....Elsewhere, Lincoln's Sinking Ships' ‘Weight Loss’ debuts a fine punk-ska band who owe much to drummer Terry Welbourn.” - Nigel Burnham (NB. This of course should have read; drummer Nick Green!)
The Cinema Clock c/w Strangers
7" Double 'A' side, vinyl single released as a Stark Products/Dead Good Records, November 1980.
DEAD 14/STARK 2
‘The Cinema Clock’ & ‘Strangers’ were published by Dead Good Tunes/Street Corner Music Ltd.
Simon Brighton : Guitars, Nick Green : Drums & Terry Welbourn : Bass & Vocals
Recorded Spring 1980 at 'Studio Playground' Wragby Lincs. Produced by Sinking Ships & engineered by Rick Woolgar & Andy Dransfield.
Sounds : December 13th 1980 : "Spatial atmospheric intro gives way to what early Wire might have sounded like if Lewis had sung instead of Newman. Clinched by simple, logical guitar overdub. A grower." Andy Gill
New Musical Express : November 29th 1980 : "You can laugh all you like, but I swear this lot sound like early (censored). Spindly, clanking found noises give way to finger lickin'/finger clickin' bass and steamy metronomic drums. It trundles along and goes flying over the edge, retaining stable altitude just like those classic Liebezeit/Czukay rhythm departures of yore. Smart." John Gill
Musicians Only : December 20th 1980 : "Takes a while to get going and the vocals are rather in the modern mekanik idiom, but Sinking Ships have managed to track down a tune to sing over the hypnotic beat. I am assailed by
the alarming thought that I'd quite like to see Sinking Ships live. The record distorts by the way." Pete Douglas
Select : December 13th 1980 : "First named (Strangers) keeps even keel without memorable line but basic hard edged beat allied to strong vocal projection interests while he flip (The Cinema Clock) after long instrumental intro has pushed back Joy Division style in vocals though later given frontal attack before instrumental break. More attractive than first."
Drum Beat : December 1980 : "The Sinking Ships have signed to Dead Good Records in the wilds of Lincolnshire and released their first single for the label, a double Aside 'The Cinema Clock' and 'Strangers'. The three-piece comprising of Terry Welbourn (Vocals/Bass), Simon Brighton (Guitar/Vocals) and Nick Green (Drums/Percussion), are currently in the studio recording tracks for a six-track 12" set for release in January 1981."
Known Airplay :
BBC Radio 1 - The John Peel Show : Strangers - 24 November 1980
BBC Radio 1 - The John Peel Show : The Cinema Clock - 29 January 1981
BBC Radio Lincolnshire - The Ed Lacey Show : Strangers - 22 November 1980
Dream c/w After the Rain (live)
7" vinyl single released on Neal Quincey's 'Recession' label, April 1981. REC S1.
‘Dream’ was published by Express Songs/Leeds Music Ltd. ‘After the Rain’ was published by Dead Good Tunes/Street Corner Music Ltd.
PERSONNEL: Charlie Anderson: Sax, Simon Brighton: Guitars, Nick Green: Drums, Steve Orient: Keyboards & Terry Welbourn: Bass & Vocals
‘Dream’: produced by Colin Moss and engineered by Rick Woolgar, Andy Dransfield and Neal Quincey.
Recorded at 'Studio Playground', Wragby, Lincolnshire - Spring 1981.
‘After the Rain’: Recorded and engineered by Neal Quincey. Recorded live at Carr's Grammer School, Sleaford, Lincolnshire on 30 January1981.
The single was cut by, Boppin’ Bob Jones, on 6th March 1981 at the Music Centre, De Lane Lea Music Ltd. Engineer's Way, Wembley, Middx.
Record Mirror : " I love the name of the band but when applied to the music it does not appear to fit the bankrupt set of ideas laid down here." Mike Gardner - April 25th 1981.
The Hot Press : ".....Equally earnest contenders also waiting the big one are Lincoln's Sinking Ships, whose ‘Dream’ is released this week on Recession Records (292-3 Hight Street, Lincoln LN21A1). One of the best bands on last year's excellent ‘Household Shocks’ compilation (still available, on blue vinyl t'boot: Low Farm, Brigg Road, Messingham, Scunthorpe, South Humberside) SS are yet another act staking a claim for a share in the Joy Division national heritage. Alongside their mighty ‘Cinema Clock’ single of last year, this is even graver stuff but fuses sax, guitars, drums and intense vocal in a nervous powerful way. 'Stark' and 'minimalist', maybe, but brave too. It's fashion!" Nigel Burnham - May 1st-14th 1981.
Smash Hits : "Lincoln band Sinking Ships take their homage to Joy Division too far. The sleeve is suitably bleached and bleak and, while its message might be meaningful, "Dream" (Recession Records) is as starched as those wing-tipped collars that the Blitz Kids used to wear. Still, there is obvious room for improvement." Ian Birch - June 10th 1981.
BBC Radio 1 - The John Peel Show : ‘Dream’ - 8 April 1981.