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Ash at their finest
1977 - Ash
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1977 - Ash
Advantages: Lots of tunes
Disadvantages: A couple of fillers
Ash's full length debut album and follow-up to the promising mini-lp Trailer was released at the height of Britpop in the Spring of 1996. The album went on to top the UK albums chart and became their first platinum record. The title 1977 was chosen for several reasons, first it was the year that two of the band members were born. Secondly it was the year in which many seminal punk records were released, of which Ash were heavily inspired by. Thirdly it was the year Star Wars was released, the band being big fans as can be seen by the closing track Darkside Lightside (as well as the slightly more obscure reference of the sound of a TIE fighter opening the album).
1977, whilst being influenced by classic punk bands such as The Buzzcocks and The Undertones, takes a slightly more expanded approach with all the songs breaching the three minute mark, bar one. The one exception is the thrilling Kung Fu which pays tribute to Jackie Chan in its lyrics. Girl From Mars is probably the best known song here, a regular staple of indie discos and with good reason. It was the song that really brought Ash to a wider audience and helped the album to number one in the UK album chart.
Other standouts include Angel Interceptor, another high tempo rocker with an excellent guitar solo from Tim Wheeler. The bittersweet love song Oh Yeah and Ash's biggest chart hit Goldfinger, which features some of Wheeler's strongest lyrics to date. Also worth mentioning is the strong opener Lose Control, a great way to kick off the album and features another great solo.
There are a couple of forgettable tracks such as I'd Give You Anything and the Mark Hamilton penned Innocent Smile but the good heavily outweighs the bad overall.
Summary: 1977 was a vintage year