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The first seven tracks on disc One show what a hardcore band they once were- 'Screaming' could easily be early Hole or Babes in Toyland. 'Fun with Ropes' is a lovely ode to bondage & probably the best example of their Canterbury Years...'London Boys' is a sign of tuneful pop & 'Let's have a party' a superb cover...'Beatnik Beach' is the 1st taste of the seminal 'Beauty & the Beat'- a new wave blend of Blondie & Ramones (but a 000,000 times better!). 'How much more' sounds like 'His Latest Flame', while 'Lust to Love' is closer to Siouxsie & Banshees. 'Cool Jerk' is the silly cover from the 1st reformation in 1990. 'We got the Beat' & 'Our Lips are Sealed' are those definitive noo wave classics. Better is the fragile/throwaway 'Skidmarks on my Heart' & the dark 'This Town'- the jaded prediction of the hedonistic-infected darkness to come...
Disc Two begins with the ace b-side, 'Surfing & Spying', before taking in the title track/hit of their 2nd LP, 'Vacation'. 'Speeding' & 'Get up & Go' evoke that female energy we love the Go Go's for. ..Next there is the Sparks-collaboration 'Yes or No', the upbeat 'Turn to You' and the best pop song of all time, 'Head over Heels' (well, it's up there with 'Thieves like Us', 'Good to be Alive', Madonna's 'Open your Heart etc). This is the song heard by most of the characters in Bret Easton Ellis 'The Informers'. It has the best handclapping ever & is melancholic & celebratory at the same time...The rest of the 'Talk Show' period is okay, they were falling apart!! The live take of 'Can't stop the world' shows that they could play instruments. TThe Go Go's were The Go Go's; a million times better than skinnyboy toss like Echo & the Bunnymen...The tracks from the 95 reformation are great, best are 'The Whole World'& ' Beautiful'- the latter is as good as 'Head Over Heels'
This is an ex library sale cd which has a few scuff marks but plays fine. Does not include booklet.
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