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Teenage Warning - Angelic Upstarts

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: Angelic Upstarts / Audio CD released 2003-04-14 at Captain Oi

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      21.01.2008 12:31
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      Angelic Upstarts' first album (1979).

      Yet another punk band of the late seventies, Angelic Upstarts were pretty much the same as all the other local angry bands, but this debut album demonstrates an impressive knack for punk rock, from the mindless angry tirades against the police and other forces of corruption, to more pleasant melodic stuff too. If they'd hired the recording studio a few years earlier before the punk outlet, their music could have gone in all sorts of directions.

      With twelve mostly fast, guitar-based songs over half an hour, there's nothing particularly groundbreaking about this album, but there's also impressive energy and guitar talent on display to immediately place it above the majority of bands in the genre, which was still enjoying a boom of popularity at the time. The opening title track is easily the best offering of the album, perhaps unfortunately serving to raising the bar and make the rest of the album look a little disappointing by comparison, and deserves to be on all the finest seventies punk compilations. Mensi's voice is enjoyably gritty but powerful, proudly displaying his North-Eastern accent, and Mond's guitars have clearly been thought out with some pleasant lead melodies and changing riffs as the song moves through several different movements, rather than the two minutes of brainless power chords and shouting that square granddads and such would criticise the genre for (quite rightly, in many cases).

      The rest of the album doesn't really measure up, reaching its lowest point in the middle section, 'We Are the People' and 'Murder of Little Towers' both seeming overlong and lacking in interesting ideas. Fortunately, the pace soon picks up afterwards and the remainder is at least fast, energetic and full of swear words, if nothing else ('"Yoof" Leader' is certainly nothing else). And that's all that matters really. Most entertaining and intriguing of all is their cover of Cliff Richard's 'The Young Ones' several years before Ade Edmondson's memorable, over-the-top punk exploded onto TV screens strapped to a wrecking ball. This band would be a lot more famous if they'd opted to use this version for the opening titles.

      1. Teenage Warning
      2. Student Power
      3. The Young Ones
      4. Never Again
      5. We Are the People
      6. Murder of Little Towers
      7. I'm an Upstart
      8. Small Town Small Mind
      9. Youth Leader
      10. Do Anything
      11. Let's Speed
      12. Leave Me Alone

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Teenage Warning
    2 Student Power
    3 Young Ones
    4 Never Again
    5 We Are The People
    6 Murder Of Liddle Towers
    7 I'm An Upstart
    8 Small Town Small Mind
    9 Youth Leader
    10 Do Anything
    11 Let's Speed
    12 Leave Me Alone
    13 Murder Of Liddle Tower
    14 Police Oppression