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The Complete Stiff Years - Dirty Looks / Turn It Up Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered


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Highly anticipated two CD set. Not to be confused with the Hard Rock band, Staten Island, New York based power-pop trio Dirty Looks (Patrick Barnes, Peter Parker and Marco Sin) signed to Stiff in 1979 after only 10 gigs and have the unique record of claiming Stiff's biggest ever selling album in the US. Their eponymous debut album was released to positive reviews in August 80 - produced by Tim Friese-Green, it included a duo of great singles in 'Let Go' and 'Lie To Me'. Epic released the album in the US where it sold almost 100,000 copies. The second album, 'Turn It Up', followed 12 months later but only after being recorded twice, by Motors main-man Nick Garvey and Roger Bechirian. Label politics meant that the album never secured a US release and this is first CD release anywhere in the world. This re-release is newly remastered and includes sleeve notes by singer/songwriter guitarist Patrick Briody (aka Patrick Barnes), extra b-sides and singles and four never released live tracks recorded on the Son Of Stiff tour. Dirty Looks were one of the most underrated acts signed to Stiff and one of the most requested re-releases through the recently launched Stiff Records site. 31 tracks. Stiff. 2007.

Disc: 1
1. They Got Me Covered
2. Love Crimes
3. You Can't Love Me
4. Lie To Me
5. Take Alife
6. Let Go
7. 12 O'clock High
8. You're Too Old
9. Accept Me
10. Disappearing
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Disc: 2
1. Daddy's Gone - Dirty Looks
2. Living Alone - Dirty Looks
3. Carrie - Dirty Looks
4. You've Got It - Dirty Looks
5. Do We Need It - Dirty Looks
6. Animal - Dirty Looks
7. Turn It Up - Dirty Looks
8. Deceit - Dirty Looks
9. Hit List - Dirty Looks
10. Born Again - Dirty Looks
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Stiff Records
  • ASIN: B000KZRKN0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Kaa on September 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Overlooked by almost everyone upon its release in 1980, the first self-titled by Dirty Looks is a Post Punk Classic. Coupled with their not quite so great second album Turn It Up, this is a must buy for music lovers who like great songwriting played and sung with skill, passion and energy.
One reason the band was overlooked was that though they had the neo- Sixties look of the immediate post punk era they were unfashionable for at least two reasons.
First of all they were seasoned musicians coming out of the New York area bar band circuit. Yes, they could actually play their respective instruments.
Second, Patrick Barnes' songs were more closely aligned with Rock & Roll of the 50s and 60s than to the Punk Rock of their peers Blondie, Richard Hell and the Talking Heads.
Their attitude was not the snotty Brit punk of the Sex Pistols or The Clash or the fringe attitude of the other New York bands.
And Barnes (Briody)relates the story of his orange Gretsch guitar, a most unfashionable instrument in the late Seventies.
But one listen to songs like Lie To Me or Take A Life is proof of an affinity with both Elvis Costello and The Who.
After listening to CD 1, which includes the first album plus three B-sides and four live songs, I reached the same conclusion I did 27 years ago when I first bought this record- this is great stuff.
My theory of music is this- there is no new music or old music, just music you've heard or music you haven't heard.
Hear this music.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By zphage VINE VOICE on April 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Classic new wave power pop from NYC, this has been out of print for decades, other than obscure Italian collection.

2cd set includes both their albums with some bonus live tracks.

Herky jerky rhythms spare muscular guitar bass drums sound with punkish vocals. They almost could be American mods, but guitar sound is cleaner than Who-ish power chords.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Howardopoulos on July 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Dirty Looks was Green Day before there even was a Green Day. Powerhouse music! Why this group didn't make it alot bigger is beyond me. They were great. This is a classic. Buy it, you won't regret it!
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Format: Audio CD
Back when I began experimenting with digitizing my large collection of vinyl, these were the first two I digitized. Was so much nicer to have clean copies, plus the bonus of the extra live tracks. Used to faithfully follow the band to their NYC and Westchester county gigs (especially The Left Bank in Mt. Vernon NY), and our group would even have birthday cake backstage for whatever band member had one coming up. I remember the kick-ass covers they used to play live ("Stepping Stone" can be heard here, "Manic Depression" was another notable one).

Story has it that the second album (Turn it Up) had a much different mix in it's original version, but was messed around with by the label. Would love to see their unreleased 3rd album (Unsung Heroes) finally released. Perhaps in a 2-disk set like this, with the original mix of "Turn It Up" included. But I'm afraid that one is already lost to history.
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