The Purple Helmets was a side project, playing 60's Garage and R & B tunes. In the line-up was: JJ Burnel, Dave Greenfield, (both Stranglers) John Ellis (then a Vibrator, but would be a future Strangler), Alex Gifford (a member of the Stranglers horn-section) and Manny Elias (drummer with Tears For Fears). The band was ostensibly put together so that JJ and Dave could do some gigging between Stranglers projects.
This live set delivered at a party for friends and family was recorded, and forms the first album, "Ride Again" (1988, New Rose, ROSE 160, CD). Tracks include "All Day and All of the Night", "Woolly Bully" and "Over Under Sideways Down".
Hard to find, but worth seeking out if you're any fan of the Stranglers or their individual members.