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Greatest Stiffs - Wreckless Eric

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - New Wave & Post-punk / Artist: Wreckless Eric / Audio CD released 2001-02-12 at Metro

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      04.11.2008 18:32
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      Well worth a few quid if you like Elvis Costello, Squeeze, The Blockheads etc

      My Dad used to listen to Wreckless Eric a lot when I was a kid and a few years ago I got all nostalgic and went out and bought this 'Best of'. I'm glad i did because it is a fine collection of songs.

      These songs all come from the late 70's when Wreckless Eric was on the Stiff record label and brushing shoulders with acts like Ian Dury and Elvis Costello. He is basically a one man band, singer/songwriter who wrote some witty, snotty, beautiful, nasty post-punk records.

      The production is pretty lame on some of this stuff but the songs are mostly excellent.

      Opening track, Whole Wide World is probably the most famous song on the album and it really is a corker. A lovely romantic sentiment but performed with angst and the odd sneer. Wreckless Eric is a brilliant lyricist and you can't help but love lines like "I should be lying on that sun-soaked beach with her, caressing her warm brown skin. And then in a year, or maybe not quite, we'll be sharing the same next of kin".

      Track 5 - A Pop Song - made some impact in the US at the time I believe. It's a clever little song about writing a song because your record company wants to get a hit out of you. Good stuff.

      The way Eric spits out the name Veronica on the song of the same name is a joy to the ears. Sweet, romantic lyrics but snarling vocals. Something about that combination works very well.

      Broken Doll is another great pop song...... so great Cliff Richard had to go and cover it!! Don't be put off though. Cliff may be a raving loon but don't let that taint this version.

      My favourite song on the cd is Excuse Me which is a genuinely beautiful love song. "Excuse me staring - we catch the same the same train. We've never spoken I wonder if we may" Maybe closer to stalking someone than loving them, but it works for me! It is delicious to these ears.

      The album closes with the fitting Final Taxi. This is a song about your last car journey...... in a hearse....... to be buried.

      "Up through the town to the garden of rest
      Riding in style in a long wooden box
      No fare on the meter they'll be paying by cheque -
      This is one fare you won't see up on the clock
      Riding in style in a long wooden box
      Some poor soul took his final taxi"

      I will tell you no more because I think you should find out for yourself. I will be kind for a change and give you a tracklisting though.

      1. Whole Wide World
      2. Reconnez Cherie
      3. Semaphore Signals
      4. Take the Cash (K.A.S.H.)
      5. A Pop Song
      6. Personal Hygiene
      7. Tonight (Is My Night)
      8. Hit and Miss Judy
      9. Walking on the Surface of the Moon
      10. Veronica
      11. Let's Go to the Pictures
      12. Waxworks
      13. Broken Doll
      14. Excuse Me
      15. It'll Soon Be the Weekend
      16. Strange Towns
      17. I Wish It Would Rain
      18. Out of the Blue
      19. Grown Ups
      20. The Final Taxi

      His website is pretty useful www.wrecklesseric.com
      And you can suss out some of his stuff on myspace and places

      Pop Song on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u76_YFFgtC8&feature=related

      Enjoy!

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Whole Wide World
      2 Reconnez Cherie
      3 Semaphore Signals
      4 Take The Cash (K.A.S.H)
      5 A Pop Song
      6 Personal Hygiene
      7 Tonight (Is My Night)
      8 Hit And Miss Judy
      9 Walking On The Surface Of The Moon
      10 Veronica
      11 Let's Go To The Pictures
      12 Waxworks
      13 Broken Doll
      14 Excuse Me
      15 It'll Soon Be The Weekend
      16 Strange Towns
      17 I Wish It Could Rain
      18 Out Of The Blue
      19 Grown Ups
      20 The Final Taxi