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where are all the nice girls? LP

Any TroubleVinyl
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: STIFF
  • ASIN: B004EQUFH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,950 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten great on the Stiff roster August 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Unlike many of their label-mates on Stiff Records, Any Trouble didn't get a major label distribution deal when their debut album made its first appearance. The result was this little gem got buried in the independent world of small distribution, while Wreckless Eric and Lene Lovich (to name two) got the headlines. 'Tis a shame that had to happen. Because like Squeeze, The Records, and even Elvis Costello, Any Trouble made witty and intelligent pop. This was their debut album and it stands above many of the better known flash in the pans of the period.

"Where Are All The Nice Girls" bristles with the self effacing pop of lead singer Clive Gregson, and his bespectacled appearance drew many comparisons to Elvis Costello. The trick was Gregson replaced Costello's rancor with a world weariness that sparkles on "Second Choice" and "Girls Are Always Right." It was almost like a group of folkies had decided to up the guitars to 90 mph and blister the hell out of their fingers (witness "The Hurt").

They were also smart enough to cover Springsteen AND Abba (though their version of "The Name Of The Game" is bumped from this CD) and figure out the verisimilitude. "Where Are All The Nice Girls" was Any Trouble's shining moment, because their second album lacked the debut lp's bite, their eventual major label swan song on EMI had them ill advisedly reforming as a synth band, and Gregson's eventual solo career with the likes of Richard Thompson drifted him away from pop. Take this "Nice Girl" home, and to heart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Classic on CD (At Last)! February 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Unlike many of their label-mates on Stiff Records, Any Trouble didn't get a major label distribution deal when their debut album made its first appearance. The result was this little gem got buried in the independent world of small distribution, while Wreckless Eric and Lene Lovich (to name two) got the headlines. 'Tis a shame that had to happen. Because like Squeeze, The Records, and even Elvis Costello, Any Trouble made witty and intelligent pop. This was their debut album and it stands above many of the better known flash in the pans of the period.
"Where Are All The Nice Girls" bristles with the self effacing pop of lead singer Clive Gregson, and his bespectacled appearance drew many comparisons to Elvis Costello. The trick was Gregson replaced Costello's rancor with a world weariness that sparkles on "Second Choice" and "Girls Are Always Right." It was almost like a group of folkies had decided to up the guitars to 90 mph and blister the hell out of their fingers (witness "The Hurt").
They were also smart enough to cover Springsteen AND Abba (though their version of "The Name Of The Game" is bumped from this CD) and figure out the verisimilitude. "Where Are All The Nice Girls" was Any Trouble's shining moment, because their second album lacked the debut lp's bite, their eventual major label swan song on EMI had them ill advisedly reforming as a synth band, and Gregson's eventual solo career with the likes of Richard Thompson drifted him away from pop. Take this "Nice Girl" home, and to heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Here are all the Nice Songs December 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I had this album on vinyl and it was always one of my absoulute favorites from the "New Wave" era. Great lyrics and terrific hooks in the songs. A pop music smorgasborg and the extra songs are like icing on a perfect cake and I still think that "Second Choice" is one of the catchiest tunes of it's era. Along with Squeeze,the Records and the Jags,Any Trouble is one of my favorite new wave bands along with Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe and of course, Elvis Costello. They were the real followers of the Beatles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should've been stars... March 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I heard "Second Choice" when MTV was in it's infancy, and loved the tune. I could only find the album on vinyl, but when I played it, I immediately found that there are BETTER tunes on it! "Playing Bogart" is my all-time favorite. "I sit on my bed and smoke a single cigarette in the dark". So cool. They're version of Springstein's "Growing Up" makes you drive your car too fast, it's so good. And finally, the reggae-ska-type rendition of Abba's "Name of the Game" is the best. I'm so glad it's on CD now. GET IT!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't these guys make it? July 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
You could say bands like Squeeze, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello and XTC never really "made it" to the big time, but this band didn't even get the notoriety of the aforementioned. I had already worn out Squeeze's "East Side Story" when a friend turned me on to Any Trouble. The first cut I heard was "Second Choice," and I thought that was a great pop tune...nice jangly guitars and good vocals. I was a big Springsteen fan, and heard their version of "Growing Up" and it change my mind about cover songs. There truly isn't a weak song on this, and it's incredible it's out on CD. If your musical tastes "grew up" with some of the bands above, get this CD. You won't be sorry!
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While lots of people complain about all the sythesized music of the 80's, there were plenty of bands making terrific, catchy and witty music out there. Any Trouble was tagged as being a cross between Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson(Clive Gregson is a better singer than both) and Squeeze. While the comparison is sometimes apt (they had the same influences)it doesn't take into account the band's own unique brand of quirky pop/rock songs by Clive Gregson.

Their first album on Stiff "Where Are All the Nice Girls?" almost broke through to a bigger audience. They got the airplay but for some reason consumers were indifferent to their music at the time. This reissue includes the original album plus 5 bonus tracks including the band's first single (both the "A" and "B" side)as well as tracks that were substituted for songs for the US vs. the UK release of the album.

The mastering is so-so. This is a very loud mastering and while this wasn't exactly an audiophile recording to begin with, it would have been nice if the mastering wasn't compressed as much as it is here. It isn't painful to listen to compared to some remasters from the same time frame (for example The Church or Split Enz remasters) but it also isn't as well done as the remaster for the band's "Wrong End of the Race". There aren't any mastering credits for the album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS Nice Girl Is Glued to Her iPOD, and Very Happy
I've waited a long time for a digital version of this piece of musical genius. It was my first choice to download from Amazon's MP3 downloader. Read more
Published on March 11, 2009 by Kelly L. Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Make a Dent in the U.S.
In 1978, Nick Lowe put out an album called 'Pure Pop for Now People'. Any Trouble's 'Where are all the Nice Girls' (1980)is that pure pop. Read more
Published on February 18, 2005 by R. M. Ettinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Tuneful peek at Gregson's beginnings
Clive Gregson started his career by writing great Elvis Costello-influenced pop songs and this disc features quite a few of them. Read more
Published on March 5, 2004 by Roy Pearl
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Tunes That Will Keep You Humming
What can I say?
Any Trouble's 'Where Are All The Nice Girls' contains everything that anyone could ever need in one album. Read more
Published on July 18, 2002 by Mark McDermott
4.0 out of 5 stars Any Trouble - a great discovery
Hi, I'm a performing songwriter myself, best known for my three songs in the film "The Tao of Steve, " and also for writing the title song for the film "Happiness," which was sung... Read more
Published on August 3, 2001 by Eytan Mirsky
4.0 out of 5 stars Great early 80's pop!
I had the lp when it came out and loved it. Like the others said, Second Choice is an irresistable cut. Read more
Published on December 27, 1999 by Glenn Bergum
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pop tunes
I listened to this album in college in the 80's and looked for it forever in vinyl. I finally found a used record. Read more
Published on October 16, 1999 by Harry J. Klimek
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