THE ONLY ONES Released Their Remarkable Self-Titled Debut Album 40 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history looking for memorable albums…

2 April 2018


ALBUM: Self-titled debut

RELEASED: 4 April 1978 – 40 years ago

ALL MUSIC’s MARK DEMING wrote: “The Only Ones were a band that became identified with the British punk scene largely because leader Peter Perrett had a funny voice and could write a great straightforward rock & roll song at a time when such virtues were possessed almost exclusively by the faster-and-louder brigade. This helps explain why the Only Ones’ self-titled debut album is regarded as a classic of the first wave of U.K. punk despite the presence of the mid-tempo jazz-accented ‘Breaking Down’, the ’50s pop moves ‘The Whole of the Law’, ‘The Beast’ which sounds like some sort of lethargic neo-boogie and the graceful semi-acoustic
semi-samba ‘No Peace for the Wicked.’ When ‘The Only Ones’ felt like rocking out, they did it brilliantly. Along with the instant classic ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’, this LP includes the sinister but rollicking ‘City of Fun’ and the feedback-drenched crunch of ‘The Immortal Story’. Their eclecticism was rooted in a genuine talent for embracing different sounds rather than
the inability to pick a style and master it. Every track is memorable in its own way, and these
ten songs always have heart, soul, and honesty to spare, and if that isn’t always the benchmark of punk rock, it’s at least in the neighborhood.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: Doomed glamour and deeply dark romanticism extra emphasized by frontman Peter Perrett‘s weirdly attractive, vulnerable voice – balancing mysteriously somewhere between Syd Barrett and Lou Reed – his pitch-dark stories and John Perry‘s outstanding guitar firework performance.

SINGLES: Another Girl, Another Planet / Lovers Of Today

* ANOTHER GIRL ANOTHER PLANET – timeless diamond…

* LOVERS OF TODAY – We ain’t got nothing to say / We’re lovers of today…

Album in full

THE ONLY ONES: Biography – Discograhy

Lovers of yesterday

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