From a background working in left-wing English fringe theatre groups, Punishment Of Luxury were a four-man post-punk band formed in December 1976 in the north-east of England, and released a single, Puppet Life on the Small Wonder label in June 1978. In 1979 they signed to United Artists and released the single Jellyfish/Engine Of Excess and the album Laughing Academy . 1980 saw the release of the single Secrets/Brain Bomb . All received critical acclaim and sold well. An extensive European tour followed and United Artists sent the band into the studio to record another album, a concept album to be called Gigantic Days . This, the album they recorded for Red Rhino is released now with bonus material, extensive notes and deluxe artwork.
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"7" is something I used to have on vinyl, and it's not a full-length album, it's an EP. This Lemon Records release is a re-release of the Red Rhino EP, and the mix sounds great. However, the Amazon track information is totally wrong. There is one bonus track on here, "Hold Me Never Mould Me" and the total number of tracks numbers 6.
"Funghi" has always been one of my favorite Punilux songs, and "Revelations" is guaranteed to make you realize you're over the speed limit if listening while driving.
If you're a fan, this is definitely worth having, but sadly, their very best work, "Laughing Academy" is pretty hard to come by. 4 out of 5 stars.
They sound like no one else - not really the post-punk that they are labeled, and I'm not really sure what to label them as. As the previous reviewer noted, Funghi is one of the stand out tracks, and another to me is Bird and the Elephant. The lead guitarist conjures up some pretty amazing sounds on this album, and unless you listen carefully, you might be fooled into thinking it's something other than a guitar.
I'm taking a star away because one of the original tracks - Gasman - is not here. I don't know why it would be removed, as this isn't a particularly long album anyway.