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Real Life

MagazineAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Plate Caroline
  • ASIN: B000000HZF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Definitive Gaze
2. My Tulpa
3. Shot By Both Sides
4. Recoil
5. Burst
6. Motorcade
7. The Great Beautician In The Sky
8. The Light Pours Out Of Me
9. Parade

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Former punk rocker plays progressive rock shocker.... December 4, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There are echoes here of Pink Floyd and Captain Beefheart and maybe a premonition of Joy Division and all being played by a bunch of punk rockers! This was Howard Devoto's first LP after surprising everyone by leaving the Buzzcocks just as they were poised on the brink of great things. In retrospect, the Buzzcocks would never have been as sucessful as they were with Howard's more grating voice and if this was the music he wanted to make there would have been no easy compromise. There is certainly no sign of the Buzzcocks' frenetic guitarwork or fey lovesongs. Instead we have Devoto's distinctive rasp and a band that includes future members of Siouxsie's Banshees, Nick Cave's Bad Seeds and er... Swing Out Sister (!). The highlight is the magnificent "The Light Pours Out Of Me" - the album is essential for this track alone. Maybe not as commercial as The Correct Use of Soap but it's a hard call which is the better place to start listening to Magazine; which you must!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Punk Album Ever May 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Come on. I mean, Howard Devoto AND Barry Adamson together on the same cd? Please. How could you go wrong. I don't care if you say you don't like punk. I don't care if you think nothing good came out of the 70's. This is one of the top 10 albums of all time for anyone who has heard it. Buy this cd and follow it up with Secondhand Daylight and your mind will open up like the flower that it is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Punk Paranoia At It's Finest April 2, 1999
Format:Audio CD
21 years after its release and this album still sends me to places most modern 'rock' couldn't even dream of. howard devoto's bratty drawl evokes an era when it was hip to be anti-establishment and anti-authority, yet his songs drip with a more personal internal melodrama. yes they used synthesizers, yes they were 'prog-rockish' but hey, they were DARK, and they were direct and they were/are magnificent. this was a landmark achievement for british post-punk and i recommend it to anyone who wants to rise above the bland offerings from contemporary british/american slaves to corporate radio. "time flies, time crawls, like an insect, up and down the walls"- i'll have a blast of whatever howard was on.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless existentialist-punk February 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Had to laugh when I saw a previous reviewer's mention of Wax Trax (in Denver), as this is where I was turned on to Magazine. They were indeed playing Magazine when I was in the store, and I was so impressed I picked up "Play.", their live album. After that, I picked up everything Magazine I could get my hands on.

While this is not my favorite Magazine album -- I fall into the "Secondhand Daylight" camp -- this is still a very powerful document, and fairly bristles with a sophisticated punk energy. And it's unique enough that it can't be simply pegged with a convenient genre-tag, and still doesn't sound dated (unless one dates things by the presence of synthesizers, as some no doubt do).

While the music is driving and always interesting, the real strength is in the lyrics and in Devoto's intense and affected delivery; he declaims like a Bowery street preacher drunk on bathtub gin and Nietzsche.

If you're looking for something entirely "new" and exciting in music, look no further. For the first time Magazine listener, I'd recommend either this, "Correct Use of Soap" or "Play" (one of the great live recordings of all time, imho).

And to the good people of Wax Trax: thanks! (are they still there, I wonder?)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Genius July 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's difficult to tell that Real Life is over 20 years as Devoto and co. were years ahead of their time. This debut album from Magazine showed incredible maturity and is filled with top music. Highlights include Definitive Gaze,Shot By Both Sides and The Light Pours Out Of Me. Real Life is a must buy for any lover of good music
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars real life? REAL GOOD! January 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
after howard devoto left the buzzcocks he formed MAGAZINE...truly one of the best bands from the post punk era...this debut is a classic, it could stand the time of all rock ages, not just the punk era...the music is flawless, fast paced, but with craftmanship not yet seen during the 77-79 years..."shot by both sides"...a classic, "burst", "recoil", classic rock...the whole disc rocks....intelligent music for the folks who started with the sex pistols...a must....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Over 25 years and still strong July 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to this band since the late Seventies and I can safely say if you pick this up you'll probably be listening to them a quarter century from now. It's great to read all these positive reviews from the younger generation; the music travels well. Ignore me, read the other reviews, they're dead on.

I bought this album the same day I bought my first Wire LP. Wot a day that wuz! If that band or this one is news to you then jump at them, it could change your life. Spoiled me rotten.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Magazine November 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Like Ultravox, Magazine drew heavily on the textures of Roxy Music and the paranoid space cadet ethos of Bowie. Real Life is the group's definitive work, featuring the propulsive "Shot by Both Sides" as well as Howard Devoto's stark visions of alienation and urban angst as vividly displayed in such songs as "Motorcade" and "The Light Pours out of Me." Fans of the aforementioned Ultravox, Tuxedomoon, Joy Division and Visage will certainly find Real Life a pleasure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Record
The big influences here which are being combined with punk aggression are early Roxy Music, and Brian Eno. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Scott McFarland
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic New Wave Punk
This is a classic album from Punk/New Wave originators Magazine. The core of this album was Howard Devoto who went on to play in the Buzzcocks with Pete Shelley. Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and remastered
This has always been one of my favorite albums of the early 80s (yes, I know, it came out in 1979). Howard DeVoto's voice, light use of synth, punky but not at the expense of... Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by Mark Colan
5.0 out of 5 stars magazine...any release
i will make this very simple. any fan of punk/new wave/whatever you call it should already have most of this stuff in their collection. this is what defined the era... Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Daniel E. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrific album, lousy reissue
I have to warn people before plunking down the cash for the EMI reissue of 'Real Life' since every review just focuses on how good the album is. It IS very, very good! Read more
Published on June 19, 2011 by E. Oslan
5.0 out of 5 stars A post-punk classic...gets better every time you listen to it
I first heard of Magazine when I heard the cover version of The Light Pours Out Of Me by Ministry, and I completely fell in love with it, so I decided to give this album a try. Read more
Published on April 21, 2010 by 70s Punk Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant and Wild
This is my first Magazine CD and I have to say that I am not disappointed. The catchy post-punk sound, with Devoto as frontman, radical keyboards, and artist song writing runs... Read more
Published on March 2, 2009 by Elyse K. Testa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album - well remastered - mediocre packaging

SOUND: The mastering job makes a noticeable difference. The mix remains true to the originals, but there's more definition around the edges of... Read more
Published on October 24, 2008 by John Hilgart
4.0 out of 5 stars Much darker than the Buzzcocks, very original
In my view the standout here is "Shot By Both Sides", but that's because it was still co-written by Pete Shelley and might as well be a Buzzcocks song. Read more
Published on August 25, 2008 by Josh L. Patrick-Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great MAGAZINE!
The first Magazine Cd or lp is essential,its also incredible beautifull with the great Howard devoto qand future Bad seed barry Adamson
I saw Magazine Live once A true... Read more
Published on January 20, 2008 by cannibalhippy
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