'Better Scream' was the debut 7" single released by the first band incarnation of Pete Wylie, Wah! Heat after being member of the short-lived The Crucial Three andThe Mystery Girls. It was also Pete Wylie's second serious project (the first being the heavily-funded but short-lived Liverpool super group English Opium Eaters with future Lightning Seeds leader Ian Broudie, future Frankie Goes to Hollywood dancer Paul Rutherford on lead vocals, and future Siouxsie and the Banshees drummerBudgie). When the English Opium Eaters collapsed due to musical differences, Wah! Heat was formed in late 1979. The original band consisted during this time of Pete Wylie on Vocals and Guitars, Rob Jones on drums and former Those Naughty Lumps' bassist Pete Younger on bass. The single first appeared in March 1980, and was released and reviewed the same week as Wylie's former colleague Julian Cope released his third single 'Treason' with The Teardrop Explodes. ""Better Scream"" received critical acclaim by the British press and magazines like Sounds and the NME. John Peel also noticed the band, and was so impressed by their 7" debut that he invited them to record their first Peel Session in the late Spring 1980.
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- Better Scream (Wylie) - 3:25
- Hey (Disco) Joe (Jones/Wylie/Younger) - 5:00