Note; have not heard this 45 but be aware of the various Troan retro/repressings as the mix gets tampered with having extra bass and distortion added and in my opinion being a "needle drop" thats the Explosions and the Maxi Trojans only the original Harry J label pressings have the original clean and crisp but sadly mono recording. There were other great Harry J All Stars recordings that could have been used as a B side. Likewise Nicky Thomas has other great recordings too to make a double tracker!
In October 1969, he met success in the UK with "" (number 9 in the ) recorded with his , The Harry J All Stars (it was also a hit in 1980, reaching number 42). This single became one of the anthems of the emerging youth ; together with other hits released in the UK through his own subdivision "Harry J" on , on a of the same name.
|Single by The Harry J Allstars|
|B-side||La La Always Stay - Glen and Dave|
|Label||Harry J Records|
's claims to be first to play it are backed by the first paragraph of the liner notes for "Liquidator - The Best of the Harry J All Stars". It says: "Way back in 1969, supporters of the Chelsea football team revered players such as Bonetti, Osgood and Hollins. The boys performed under the watchful eye of manager Dave Sexton to the tune of Harry J & All Stars chartbuster, 'Liquidator'. The track is played by Chelsea before home games, whilst fans clap the players on to the pitch. It was stopped at Wolves and West Brom at the request of West Midlands Police as it promoted hooliganism, although it was played by West Bromwich Albion in their match against towards the end of the , at the start of the match prompting Wolves fans to call for a return of the song to Molineux.
covered "The Liquidator" as part of the ska covers medley "Skinhead Symphony" on their live EP which reached number one in the UK singles chart in January 1980. The renewed interest in the song led to reissuing the Harry J Allstars version as a with the original version of another song featured in the medley, "Long Shot Kick De Bucket" by , in March 1980. The reissue reached number 42 in the UK singles chart.