Tuesday, 28 April 2015

THE VIBRATORS
















"back to the roots"
Year:  2014
Label:  Cleopatra
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  37 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock


















"Back to the roots" is the 2014 studio release by prolific first punk rockers The Vibrators. They are one of those bands that just won’t die and upon release of this record I’m glad they haven’t. This The Vibrators playing mid-tempo pop punk with a hard rock influence better than any other band out there. They’ve has had their ups and downs over the past few years, with original singer Knox having left the band due to health reasons as a touring member. He was replaced by Nigel Bennett who took over, quitting shortly after with Darryll Bath now filling in.










With cover art and a title lifted from their classic debut Pure Mania, Punk Mania promises a return to the band's original sound. The album is produced by original bassist Pat Collier, with a sound cleaner and more contemporary compared to the gritty sonic assault of their first LP. Pure Mania was a punk masterpiece so it’s not fair to compare the two releases, as Punk Mania is not a ground breaking record like the original. The sound and subject matter is definitely derived from the original album, although with the title Punk Mania I was hoping for a grittier punk album with songs that sound closer to their more aggressive early material such as ‘Stiff Little Fingers.’










The Vibrators succeed with a return to the punk and hard rock sounds of their youth without ever sounding as though they are trying to recapture their youth. With Knox now in his late 60’s the punk on this album is naturally a little mellower and at times lacks the dynamism of their early classics. That being said they still write catchy rock songs and Knox sounds great! "Love Like Diamonds" is reminiscent of "Sweet Sweet Heart" in phrasing and vocal delivery. "She’s a Girl" is a tender love song with an old-school 60’s pop rock aesthetic, it is one of the more mellow tracks on the album. The next track Knox picks up the pace with the rock n’ roll track "Rats," Knox oozes swagger with the chorus “Just a big fat rat / One too many rats.” (*this review was writen by ).





















































































"under the radar"
Year:  2012
Label:  Papagájův Hlasatel
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock



















New Vibrators albums don't come along too often -- this is their first since 2002's Energize, and their first, too, since frontman Knox returned from a four-year lay-off. But with Nigel Bennett and the rhythm section of Eddie Hedges and Pat Collier joining him, it's business as usual for one of the longest-lived of all original U.K. punk bands, kicking off with the punchy buzzsaw of "DNA Robot," and driving on through 13 more slabs of classic Vibes volatility. There's something so reassuring about it as well -- other survivors from their era may have retained their original sound, but the Vibrators are one of the few who have kept it fresh. Still lacing their punch with humor, still packing the flamboyant minimalism that was their most dramatic calling card, the Vibrators have also hung onto that innate sense of melody that made "Baby Baby" such a blessing all those years ago. And so "We're the Dead," "Darkest Before Dawn," "Nightmare Town," and "The Altar at Midnight" lead a pack that slips effortlessly in alongside the best of the band's past output, and there's only one thing here for you to disagree with. The album closes with a song called "Everything I Do Is Wrong." But it isn't. Everything's right.
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"Garage Rock covers"
Year:  2009
Label:  Anarchy
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  40
Genre:  rock
Style:         Garage Rock




















Despite the second THE VIBRATORS album entitled "V2" is one of the best but the best, this covers collection from 2009 and entitled simply "garage punk" is truly a very good recording. The goal was to search for and to discover the old gemms which could be the roots of punk rock, early 70s or even during the 60s decade. Something similar did Ramones in 1993 with the album "acid eaters", a clear hommage to forgotten bands from that decade. THE VIBRATORS did exactly the same in this album and frankly the final result is more than satisfactory but very good. There are true hits like "7 and 7 is" (Love), "Hey Joe" (Jimmy Hendrix), "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" (also covered by The Damned), "Brand New Cadillac" (covered by The Clash in its "London calling" album) or "Psychotic reaction" (Count Five), to just mentions some of them. "Garage punk" like "acid eaters" (Ramones) could be also a kind of hommage to that already legend compilation entitled "Nuggets" and its four albums and also reviewed in this blog. High quality music and interesting to know what are the roots of hardcore / punk community before 1977. Highly recommended.
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"Punk covers"
Year:  2006
Label:  Cleopatra
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  20
Time:  55 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock




















First THE VIBRATORS attempt to record a covers compilation album, and the result was more than satisfactory, very good. No surprises here, just punk rock songs written in 1977 by famous and legend bands such as:  Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, Ramones, Dead Boys, The Saints, UK Subs, Sham 69 and more until twenty songs, each one per band. Before said there is no surprises at all, but If you simply like 1977 style here there is a kind of "the best of...". Good album too.
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"energize"
Year:  2002
Label:  Track
Format:  CD, LP
Tracks:  16
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock





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"French lessons with correction"
Year:  1997
Label:  Anagram
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk  Rock



















This is some kind of little hidden gemm... this is the twelveth THE VIBRATORS album since its beggining in 1976 and after some little adventures with other musical styles like hard rock or even new wave, the band come back to its classic punk rock roots with melodic and clear voices. A bold attempt to make something of relevance in the late '90s, this included a jab at Blind Date host and former Beatles confidante Cilla Black ("I Hate Blind Date") and a little bit of halfhearted self-parody ("Judy's Killing Herself"). Arguably their best album in some time.
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"guilty"
Year:  1982
Label:  Anagram
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:       Punk Rock







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"V2"
Year:  1978
Label:  Sony
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock





















"V2" is the second studio album by the punk band THE VIBRATORS, released in 1978 on Epic Records and generally considered its best album ever. It was their most successful album, reaching No. 33 in the UK Albums Chart. The single "Automatic Lover", taken from the album, was the only THE VIBRATORS’ single to reach the UK Top 40 where it reached No. 33. It earned the band a TV appearance on the prime-time TV show Top of the Pops. Some of the songs from this album and the previous album "Pure Mania" were combined to form the american album "Batteries Included", released by CBS Records in 1980. It was packaged together with "Pure Mania" by Track Records in 2002, and has recently been re-issued by Captain Oi! Records with bonus tracks "Judy Says (Knock You in the Head)" and "Pushing Too Hard"on CD format. Despite some celebrity sites like "Wikipedia" or even "Discogs" describe this album as a mix with punk and new wave, the true is this is nothing to do with "new wave" or pop like other THE VIBRATORS albums. This is pure punk rock even more irreverent, noisy and acid than its debut "Pure mania". Here we can to find true anthems such as: "Automatic Lover", "Troops of Tomorrow" (covered later by The Exploited), "Destroy" (covered later by GBH) or "Pure Mania" (this song was not appeared in the album under the same name).
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"pure mania"
Year:  1977
Label:  Sony
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk  Rock








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