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Classic LP by Ladbroke Grove counterculture proto-punks the Deviants! Founded by legendary counterculture figure Mick Farren and Russell Hunter and inspired by The Fugs, the Deviants were first of the anarchic groups to emerge from the Ladbroke Grove area of London. Two years before Hawkwind burst on to the underground scene, the Deviants were preaching revolution and creating their own form of musical anarchy. Ptooff! was the band's classic debut album, originally released in 1967 and only available by mail order from the pages of International Times. Resplendent in a lavish fold out sleeve and with liner note by John Peel, the record caused a sensation, one of the first truly independent British rock albums to be released. This edition restores the original foldout poster artwork and has been re-mastered from the original master tapes.

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  • Vinyl (April 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cherry Red Phonograph
  • ASIN: B0078468U2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,320,049 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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First and best of the three albums recorded by the original Deviants lineup, Ptooff! is capable of sharply polarizing attitudes. To a number of ex-Swinging London cognoscenti (see Jonathon Green's Days In The Life) the Deviants remain a byword for musical incompetence; even their former manager, Steve Sparkes, recently dubbed Ptooff! "the worst record in the history of man." In hindsight, though, the Deviants were simply a decade ahead of their time, their alleged "ineptitude" making perfect sense in light of Punk's back-to-basics ethos. There's a large dollop of justice in Mick Farren's claim that, along with the MC5 and the Stooges, the Deviants had more to do with the way rock developed than the likes of Ten Years After. Led Zep they weren't, but who'd want them to be? (Paul Rudolph, apparently, but that's another episode.)
    Ptooff!'s significance lies as much in the manner of its making as in its music. Mick Farren, anarchist, hustler, underground writer and sometime doorman at London's groovy UFO club, puts together a shambolic R&B band called the Social Deviants. By dint of persistence and massive drug ingestion the band overcomes opposition from those among the cognoscenti who like their freakouts on the mellow side, and becomes something of a fixture on the London scene. Eschewing the standard music-biz route to getting a record out, Farren persuades a whacked-out hippie son of a millionaire to put up the cash for an album. Mercifully free of any record company pressure to make "product", and fuelled by even more drugs and the will to attempt radical sonic experiments, the band parlay their technical limitations and studio naïvete into a flawed masterpiece of Zappaesque garage psychedelia.
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By A Customer on February 4, 2000
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I heard this album playing in a boutique on King's Road in London in 1968 and bought it. Its variety of straight and experimental songs give it an underground cachet comparable to Soft Machine and Pink Floyd of that same period, and it throws in some Zappa-like social satire/criticism for good measure. The group's leader, Mick Farren, has gone on to be an influential writer and critic on both sides of the Atlantic. Among other things, the fantastic fold-out artwork is one of my favorite album covers. It's "underground" in the sense that the group obviously weren't trying to be the next Beatles. They were producing a knowing but humorous commentary on life at that time as it paraded down Portobello Road.
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By A Customer on March 14, 2000
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this band, led by singer Mick Farren, were very hard to get a handle on in 1968. They actually opened for a brand new band called Led Zepplin in November '68 out in Exeter, England. Their music was influenced by the Stones, the Mothers of Invention, the Pretty Things, Velvet Underground, and even a little Charles Mingus. "I'm Coming Home" was a great track. The Deviants were an influence on the MC5 and Iggy's Stooges. Collectors and the curious should get this extremely rare record.
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Absolutely an essential disc for every psych fan alive (no pun intended). 'Ptooff' has been out for awhile, but who cares? It still deserves a review. This is the brilliant debut 1967 lp of the band. Honestly, I could listen to this CD once a week from now on. It's THAT good! Just an all around fun record. "I'm Coming Home " certainly hits you in the face as "Child Of The Sky" is a nice sounding acoustically done composition. "Garbage" is like the band's anthem, with it's razor sharp guitar work and creative arrangement. "Bun" is an awesome adventurous instrumental, as "Nothing Man" is rather a demented track that speaks of a misguided soul who hates everyone. "Charlie" and the ass-kicking " Deviation Street" round out this MUST-HAVE disc. The Deviants still exist today, in one form or another. Not to long ago, the Japanese label Captain Trip had reissued this title with a special fold-out cover, so I've heard.
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Originally known as The Social Deviants (line-up 'A') this was a London-based community underground band that grew up in the Notting Hill area. Farren and Russell ran into a 21 year old millionaire who put up £700 to finance their first album on their own Underground Impressarios label. This was distributed by mail order through 'Oz' and 'The International Times' and sold sufficiently well for Decca to reissue it.

The material on their three albums was variable. The first included harsh punk (I'm Coming Home), percussion dominated progressivism (Nothing Man) as well as long gimmicky diatribes interspersed with none too imaginative music. Child Of The Sky and Bun were evidence of a softer side, but Deviation Street summarized their intent with a series of political slogans, sound effects and a variety of musical approaches which have not stood the test of time well.

Disposable had its moments, notably with good rock songs like Slum Lord, Jamie's Song, You've Got To Hold On, Fire In The City and Guaranteed. The remainder of the album was eminently disposable, however.

The Deviants also issued a single, which is now a rare collectors' item. After a disappointing third album the band disintegrated during an American tour. The remaining members plus Twink formed Pink Fairies. Rudolph also had a spell with Hawkwind.

In 1977 Farren reformed the band with a new line-up including Andy Colquhoun on bass/vcls and issued an EP for Stiff, entitled Stiff EP. In the same year their first album was reissued on Logo. Readers may also be interested in Human Garbage (Psycho 25), another 1984 reunion album, with a line-up of Farren (vcls), Sanderson (bs), Larry Wallis (gtr), Wayne Kramer (gtr) ex-MC5, and George Butler (drms).
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