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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IRS
  • ASIN: B000001I0R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,343 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hot You're Cool
2. Tenderness
3. Anxious
4. Never You Done That
5. Burning Bright
6. As A Matter Of Fact
7. Are You Leading Me On?
8. Day-To-Day
9. Where's The Line?
10. General Public

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General Public's debut is arguably the ska supergroup's best work. Fresh out of the English Beat, Dave Wakeling recruited vocal partner Ranking Roger, as well as bassist Horace Panter (the Specials), keyboardist Mickey Billingham (Dexy's Midnight Runners), and veteran sax man Saxa for this set of shiny pop that is virtually all as infectious as the album's Top 40 hit, "Tenderness." Sure, the English Beat's best grooves found their way into the Fine Young Cannibals, but Wakeling and Roger's breathless vocals and undeniable hooks still shine on this undervalued album. --Bill Forman

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Risen from the ashes of the Beat, most eclectic and possibly most musically competent of all the 2 Tone posses, Dave and Roger skrunched their way back into rock music with this gem. As the saying goes, "If they hadn't existed, someone would have had to invent them". General Public demonstrate clearly what pop music COULD be, if it makes the effort.Challenging, insightful and NEVER an insult to your intelligence. "All the Rage "showcases their creative musicianship to the full, weaving subtle rhythms and melodies with irrepressible dance beats (just check out Anxious and Never You Done That). The lyrical content is superb - acute and incisive political and social commentary,(Where's The Line, As A Matter of Fact) aeons away from the intellectually barren pop of recent years. Dave and Roger have two of the sharpest lenses for social commentary you'll find anywhere in rock music. Combine this with their ear for a brilliant tune, and you have the consummate band. If you buy one album this year, make it this one.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mig P. on March 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Both this album and GP's later "Hand To Mouth" are simply a delight, light years above not just the schlock from the 80's, but above even the good stuff as well. Dave's voice is a slice of heaven and his lyrics are razor-sharp, filled with clever metaphors and double-meanings. (Example: "your friends get laid on stony ground"). Roger's harmonies play off him very well too. Musically, the songs are surprisingly intricate. For instance, "Never You Done That" has a structure much more complex than a standard pop song-- yet manages to be incredibly stick-in-your-brain catchy at the same time. And "Anxious" can't decide whether it is a pop song or a reggae song-- which is what makes it so great, because it is both at the same time. And who could forget the all-time classic "Tenderness", alone worth the price of the album. This album is essential if you're into 80's, and nevertheless a complete treat if you're not. DON'T MISS IT!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Christopher (namastei@pdq.net) on December 27, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I came of age in the eighties, and this is one of the albums I cut my teeth on. This is smart power pop on par with Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, with ska inflections that will make your leg twitch. In fact, the toughest thing about listening to this album is figuring out whether to groove to the music or soak up the lyrics. I would give it five stars, but there are a few weaker tracks. But 'Never you done that','Tenderness', and 'Where's the line' make up for those. If you like ska, eighties music, or good, smart lyrics, I STRONGLY recommend "All The Rage".
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L.A. Scene on October 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
My first exposure to General Public came in 1984. I was listening to the original WKTU radio in New York City and this song called "Tenderness" came on then. At the time, this radio station was the "Disco/Dance" radio station in New York. What I distinctly remember about this station was that it was a very different song than the dance numbers that were typically played on this station. Nonetheless, this song caught my attention as well as the attention of many other fans. It turns out that this was a true "crossover" song done by the group General Public. It was part of a collection of ten songs that could easily fall into the "crossover" 80s/Techno-Pop category from General Public's debut album "All The Rage".

In the mid 1980s, the term "Supergroup" became very popular. A Supergroup is basically a group or project whose primary members were in other successful bands. The two most common Supergroups were the Power Station and Mike + The Mechanics. Before either or these Supergroups, there was a Supergroup called General Public. When the English Beat disbanded, vocalists Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger decided to form a new band. They recruited keyboardist Micky Billingham and drummer Andy "Stoker" Growcott from Dexy's Midnight Runners. Also recruited was bassist Horace Painter ("The Specials") and guitarist Kevin White. Both The English Beat and Dexy's Midnight Runners produced a most unique 80s pop sound that has almost become synonymous with the decade itself. Make no mistake about this, the sounds of both of these groups are alive and well with this "alliance". In a lot of ways the formation of this alliance results in so much more than "80s music".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD one day just because I was reminiscing about General Public when they played MTV's New Year's Eve bash. (Remember when MTV would celebrate New Years in each of the 4 time zones? Wow, I was really flashing back that day!)
What really surprised me was that I'd forgotten General Public was really a good band and this CD is the epitome of what was neat about 80's music. There's something to dance to. There's some alternative stuff. There's a little ska. There are those great duet vocals by Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger. I enjoy every song on the entire CD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is probably one of the best dance discs around..Dave and Roger are the best duo in rock and Dave Wakeling is by far the best voice in rock and roll.....
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