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The Only Ones

The Only Ones - 2024 Reissue

    Two years after their formation, the English power pop band The Only Ones released their self-titled debut album in 1978. Led by the raffish and slightly scuzzy romance-obsessed Peter Perrett, The Only Ones played not-so-fast guitar rock that sounded deeply indebted to the New York Dolls and other mid-70s proto-punks. Their debut album The Only Ones is regarded as a classic of the first wave of UK punk and features the brilliant hit “Another Girl, Another Planet”, which is their most successful track and has since been covered by many other performers. Since the Nineties, the album has appeared on several all-time greatest albums lists, including the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2006.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Andy says: The Only Ones' debut in 1978 stood at odds with what was going on with the burgeoning UK punk scene at the time. However, they were embraced by said scene even though singer Peter Perret's drawl could be almost Dylan-ish and his lyrics were far away from the anger and posturing of the new breed. In truth they were a superb rock band but with the occasional jerky, up-tempo number to make them seem current. They were above pigeon-holing though and here was an LP to prove it. Includes one of the greatest songs ever written in Another Girl Another Planet.

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    1. The Whole Of The Law
    2. Another Girl, Another Planet
    3. Breaking Down
    4. City Of Fun
    5. The Beast

    SIDE B
    1. Creature Of Doom
    2. It’s The Truth
    3. Language Problem
    4. No Peace For The Wicked
    5. The Immortal Story

    The Only Ones

    Baby's Got A Gun - 2024 Reissue

      In 1980, The Only Ones released their third and final studio album Baby’s Got A Gun. While they produced the previous two albums, for Baby’s Got A Gun they joined forces with the acclaimed producer Colin Thurston, who is best known for his work with Duran Duran, Talk Talk, and The Human League among others. The album features guest performances by lead vocalist of Penetration, Pauline Murray, on the tracks “Fools” and “Me And My Shadow”. “Fools” is the only time that the band had released a cover version, which is originally a song by American country musician Johnny Duncan. Two years after the album release, The Only Ones officially disbanded.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: The Only One's third and final album may well be their best. What a shame this most influential of bands never managed to make it. Incredible songs like Why Don't You Kill Yourself (droll and funny put down to top them all!), Trouble In The World (an incredible encapsulation of the perils of heroin addiction), and the adorable Oh Lucinda fell by the way side in the real world of pop, but were hugely loved by the band's devoted fan base, and still loved and cherished to this day. What a brilliant band.

      TRACK LISTING

      SIDE A
      1. The Happy Pilgrim
      2. Why Don’t You Kill Yourself?
      3. Me And My Shadow
      4. Deadly Nightshade
      5. Strange Mouth
      6. The Big Sleep

      SIDE B
      1. Oh Lucinda (Love Becomes A Habit)
      2. Re-union
      3. Trouble In The World
      4. Castle Built On Sand
      5. Fools
      6. My Way Out Of Here

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      Even Serpents Shine - 2024 Reissue

        A year after their acclaimed self-titled debut album, The Only Ones followed up with Even Serpents Shine. The sophomore album was met with positive reviews like "Even Serpents Shine doesn’t boast an out-of-the-box classic tune along the lines of 'Another Girl, Another Planet' from the debut, but in many respects, this is the more consistent album, achieving a similar degree of thematic and melodic variety while generating a more coherent sound and feeling”.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Another moody but exhilarating outing which mixed heavy, brooding numbers with simply gorgeous pop in the likes of Flaming Torch, Out There In The Night and the exquisite Someone Who Cares. Just ask Johnny Marr!!

        TRACK LISTING

        SIDE A
        1. From Here To Eternity
        2. Flaming Torch
        3. You’ve Got To Play
        4. No Solution
        5. Inbetweens
        6. Out There In The Night

        SIDE B
        1. Curtains For You
        2. Programme
        3. Someone Who Cares
        4. Miles From Nowhere
        5. Instrumental

        The Only Ones

        The Big Sleep

          "The Big Sleep" was recorded live in Europe and is heard in a perfect stereo, multi-track recording (produced by John Perry) and includes five songs not heard as live versions before.


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