Friday, January 12, 2007

The Vibrators : Demos & Rarities (2000)

Review by Bart Bealmear
Despite the fact that the Vibrators have earned little respect over the years, it's undeniable that they produced some of punk's catchiest songs, as evident here by such early material as "We Vibrate," "Dance to the Music" (later retitled "Whips & Furs" for the band's initial 45), and "She's Bringing You Down" (hindered by a deteriorating master tape, an annoyance that also plagues "I Can See It in Your Eyes"). Still, it is unfortunate to note that the majority of these 1976 recordings lack the infectious energy that helped make Pure Mania such an exciting debut. The liveliness was restored for the 1977 sessions, but by this time the songwriting began to suffer (though "He's a Psycho" and "24 Hour People" are worthy tunes). The two previously unreleased bonus tracks ("Drive" and "Still Not Over You") date from 1990 and 1985, respectively. Demos and Rarities provides some historical significance, as the Vibrators were one of the first punk bands to record (in March 1976), preceding the Sex Pistols by a little over a month.
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5 comments:

joe said...

one of the main reasons why Vibrators never get the got the respect from the then hacks was because the band was one of many rhythm'n'blooze bands who jumped ship and join the bandwagon. not to say they were not good at what they were doing though. Chelsea, UK Subs, The Stranglers etc. all came through the same pub-rock scene, just like Joe Strummer, who somehow managed to jump the hurdle unscathed.

Thanks for this. Do you have the first two by Eddie & The Hot Rods? That would be excellent!

Nagiants40 said...

Hey joe, thanks for the comments..

This is my set of Eddie & THRs.

Life on the Line
Thriller
Ties That Bind
Curse Of The Hot Rods
Get Your Balls Off
Teenage Depression
The End Of The Beginning

Cheers

joe said...

Wow! Can we have them all?

Thing is I'm fond of the Life on the Line LP, had a pirated tape yoinks ago but never managed to get the full reissues. Do Anything You Wanna Do was in that. Cracking song that one!

So how do the others compare to Life on the Line? Would really love to get me hands on all of them really, just to see if I've missed other gems in their setllist.

Is there anyway we can trade or something?

cheers,

joe

Nagiants40 said...

I like all albums from E&THR, even the more pop oriented.. :-) I'm a huge fan of the band.. and yes I can up more stuff of E&THR...
Here's my list (stills incomplete) on excel.xls files, you can take a look and if you have something that is missing on my collection we can trade of course..
http://rapidshare.com/files/11508491/
CatPunk_Updated_.xls.html

Cheers...

joe said...

thanks! will take a look at it soon currently using rapidshare so can't go there yet!

cheers,

joe

BTW: anyone ever heard of Nick Lowe's amazing, amazing "Jesus of Cool" LP? Wonder if that's available on CD nowadays.