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Vibrators: Pure ManiaPure Mania (1977)
Sony Music Entertainment

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Contributed by: el_mattel_matt
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The Vibrators are an odd band. I'm not talking about the music, which is pretty much straightforward punk, with great hooks, sing-alongs and little dashes of rockabilly thrown in the mix. They are odd because they are often overlooked when looking at the bigger picture, and I can see why. Their 1.
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The Vibrators are an odd band. I'm not talking about the music, which is pretty much straightforward punk, with great hooks, sing-alongs and little dashes of rockabilly thrown in the mix. They are odd because they are often overlooked when looking at the bigger picture, and I can see why.

Their 1977 release wasn't as dangerous as Never Mind the Bollocks, or as political as The Clash, nor was the band as catchy as the Ramones. It wasn't groundbreaking, and it probably didn't make anyone change the way they saw life or music, and it didn't make that big of a dent in pop music.

But I'll be damned if this isn't a fun record.

Almost every song is great for what it is: a song about sex/relationships (and with a name like the Vibrators, you could have seen it coming), sticking to a formula that has been used over and over again. But it works. My personal favorites are "Into the Future," "No Heart," "Wrecked on You," and the sweet-sounding and romantic "Baby Baby" (ironically about a one-night stand).

Another important note is the song "Stiff Little Fingers," which if you are keeping track, has a band named after it. This song and "Keep it Clean" are the ones that break the mold in terms of lyrics, the first one being about someone having to "start from the bottom again," and the other one about addiction (the song specifically mentions heroin and cocaine).

If you ask me, this one is a classic and everyone should have a copy among their collection. But apparently, Columbia didn't invest much money and time on the CD reissue. The booklet is literally two pages long, one of them having a little graphic (the guy from the cover's silouette), the other one with the names of the members and what they played. That is it. No lyrics, no photos, no retrospectives or remarks from the band members. It's a weak packaging for this album.

None of the Vibrators' later albums would be as good as this one was (V2 being a close second). So unless you can find a good "Greatest Hits" deal, this is the album to buy. By the way, the band is still touring with Knox (the lead singer) in his 60s and Eddie the drummer closely behind.

 

 
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feeeding5000 (December 20, 2006)

And I don't get the mashed potatoes comment...

feeeding5000 (December 20, 2006)

I was actually just taking a piss with the second comment. The first one...well, I don't think that punk, in and of itself, can do much of anything. 30 years of the same bullshit attests to that. But, as a tool for politicizing people who would otherwise be moderate or apathetic, punk is truly successful. And yes, some of it may just be trend-hopping, but there are a lot of people who care about the state of the world because of punk. I am not one of them...I could care about anything beyond the various material aspects of the culture. So, yeah.

Anonymous (December 20, 2006)

I'm not trying to convert you. I'm just telling you that thinking of punk as anything more than pop subculture is building yourself up for a massive letdown. Yeah, it means a lot to me. There are bands who make awesome points about politics, and when people present their ideas well, I don't ultimately care if they have gross hair or not. The problem I have is people like you revising music history and buying into the MRR leftist propaganda mythos about punk destroying the system. Even you point out in your reviews how cliche all your favorite band's lyrics are.

And just because I think most political lyrics suck doesn't mean I a) like pop punk or b) like songs about using girls for sex (!?). All I'm saying is that more bands should sing about what they honestly care about. Most crust punk isn't honest. It's vapid traditionalism. Most of the bands have NOTHING new to say, nor do they want to. It's as much bullshit as "posi hardcore" or whatever. Bands like the Vibrators weren't playing off such uniform template. They just sang about what they honestly thought, which was at times kind of at odds with the general consensus of "punk."

And the Ramones aren't overplayed at all if you actually go to DIY shows. You know, it is okay to like bands whose logos don't look like some kid drew it in mashed potatos with a fork.

-Will

Anonymous (December 20, 2006)

Will, you've converted me. I'm going to start my own pop-punk band called...let's go with The Epsteins. All our songs can be about getting drunk and screwing chicks! Whoo! It'll be like a frat party, except with more leather jackets and Ramones covers. I think "I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement" isn't over-played at all. Look for The Epsteins - Living with Yourself EP. Coming soon on Red Scare records.
-feeeding5000

Sick_Nick (December 19, 2006)

Saw these guys at Johnson City.... very good band... thier guitarist would allows put the guitar in my afce when he did solos, good group of guys.. stil got it..

Anonymous (December 19, 2006)

"Hmm...I wouldn't this is what punk is about. More like what punk was about in 1977. It's progressed far beyond this kind of stuff. And, yes, the music is good (read: I'm like the album), but the attitude and ideas behind it don't really seem "punk" to me. More like a caricature of punk. Stiff Little Fingers's pre-re-formation records are all much, much better than this, though.
-feeeding5000"

Well you come at punk from a political slant when the most you can ask from it is good pop/rock songs. This is why you'll grow more and more disillusioned with "sell outs" and fake anarchists. Punk rock will never be anything more than another pop culture trend. This is why Crass rallied against it ("Punk Is Dead"). The thing is, whereas they thought kids should all be politicsizing themselves and getting armed for the revolution, I don't think there's anything wrong with good ol' fashion rock n roll with venom. When the basis of your politics is lyrical and musical, you're just asking to be subverted.

Not to mention, crusties smell and metal sucks.

-Will

el_matt (December 19, 2006)

Wow, i submitted this about 2 or 3 months ago. I was starting to wonder what had happened to it.

And responses to comments...

"""Baby Baby" (ironically about a one-night stand). "

Why is that ironic?"

Because (like i said in the review), the song is sweet sounding and romantic, which i think it's pretty much the opposite of what a one-night stand is.

JakeRazor (December 19, 2006)

I LOVE THIS ALBUM.

Total party record, straight-up nasty pogo punk. Makes me wanna go nuts.

theyounginfluential (December 19, 2006)

one of my favorite records, definitely. i was sorely dissapointed with V2 and all of their other material, though.

Anonymous (December 19, 2006)

Hmm...I wouldn't this is what punk is about. More like what punk was about in 1977. It's progressed far beyond this kind of stuff. And, yes, the music is good (read: I'm like the album), but the attitude and ideas behind it don't really seem "punk" to me. More like a caricature of punk. Stiff Little Fingers's pre-re-formation records are all much, much better than this, though.
-feeeding5000

wallofyouth (December 19, 2006)

this is what i meant too

wallofyouth (December 19, 2006)

i took all my dad's old records about 5 years ago, and this was in the collection. it's great. except i think they say 'yeah' too many times in the song 'yeah yeah yeah,' if you ask me. if it weren't a minor inconvenience with the turntable, i'd likely skip that song.

i also got from my dad: the clash's first record (british and american versions!), never mind the bollocks, and road to ruin. also, every devo record and lots of tom petty. pretty sweet

-Strewtho- (December 19, 2006)

Damn, this is the score I meant to give.

-Strewtho- (December 19, 2006)

Quality early punk album, I agree with the comment about V2 but I find that I listen to this a lot more.

Anonymous (December 19, 2006)

""Baby Baby" (ironically about a one-night stand). "

Why is that ironic?

Anonymous (December 19, 2006)

>little dashes of rockabilly

You meant r&b, right?

Phantom_Maggot (December 19, 2006)

Solid album. Reminds me of somewhere between the Ramones and the Buzzcocks.

Anonymous (December 19, 2006)

great album.

but i dont know about their most recent thing,the cover album of old punk songs..and new versions of baby,baby and one or two others of their own,all polished up nice and everything...

ilikepunkrock (December 19, 2006)

Better than any crust/grind/metal record ever made. This is what punk is about.

-Will

I agree 100%

notatfault (December 19, 2006)

I saw these guys in Thunder Bay, ON in May and man they are old, but man can they ever rock still!

theonetruebill (December 19, 2006)

I could never get into this band no matter how hard I tried.

Anonymous (December 19, 2006)

Better than any crust/grind/metal record ever made. This is what punk is about.

-Will

SloaneDaley (December 19, 2006)

this is an awesome cd if you lik early british punk this is some catchy shit.

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