No, this is not about Iggy Pop or the Italian band sometimes referred to as "Wop Hour"; it's about Raw Records, one of the English labels that sprung up in 1977 and put out about 2 dozen punk/pub rock/neo 60's-singles. You know, like Chiswick, or Stiff. There's a couple of differences though; whereas the 2 bigger labels licensed their wares to big record companies, Raw stayed Do It Yourself and therefore never had any big sellers. Also, if I dare say so, Stiff/Chiswick put out a clunker for every good record, a Radio Stars for every Damned; in contrast, almost every release on Raw is worthwhile (hell, I even like the Unwanted), a sizable chunk of it is even brilliant!
I don't know much about the Users, but they must have listened to the Saints a lot; "I'm In Love With Today", all chaotic riffs and loud hi-hat wash, could have been a track from (I'm) Stranded! "Sick Of You" is just as great and has a bit of a Ramones influence going.
The Killjoys were of course Kevin (Dexy's Midnight Runners) Rowland's first band. A whole lot of 80's pop stars started out in punk bands (Simple Minds, Pogues, Billy Bragg etc. etc.), making their early recorded output highly sought after by fans. The Killjoys' "Johnny Won't Get To Heaven" is no exception; the difference is that even if Kevin Rowland had disappeared from the face of the earth, this would still stand as one of the all-time greatest punk records. Fast, loud and messy, this little slab of wax defines the word thrash (as in punk, not metal). Kevin Rowland later said he was "trying to be something he wasn't" with the Killjoys. (He's since found out wearing a dress is more his style.)
The great thing about collecting UK punk is that, with a little patience, early classics like these will "only" set you back about $15-$20 a piece; try finding any Dangerhouse 45 for that price! And if that's too expensive, Damaged Goods has recently reissued these nuggets (on vinyl!).
Users - Sick Of You
Users - I'm In Love With Today
Killjoys - Johnny Won't Get To Heaven
Killjoys - Naive (all 1977)