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Pure Mania

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Pure Mania is a terrific relic of the punk era by a London band that owes much more to the Ramones than the Sex Pistols. Light on anger and nihilism but heavy on humor and fun, it's a blitz of twisted love songs ("Sweet Sweet Heart," Wrecked on You," etc.) with an ode to bondage thrown in for good measure. Label it music to shake your brains to. The Vibrators apparently thought they were playing pop music for the end of the decade (the '70s, that is), oblivious to the fact that the masses (especially in America) could never have been expected to catch on. That doesn't mean you shouldn't. --Mike Corrigan
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 29, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000025BY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,235 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Vibrators released the second UK punk single (after the Damned and before the Sex Pistols) and this was the third UK punk album (after the Damned and the Clash but again before the Sex Pistols). Despite their historic importance the Vibrators have never really received the recognition they deserve, partly because they didn't have a Malcolm McLaren or a Bernie Rhodes behind them and partly because they didn't have (or want) a gimmick. The Damned had their wild burlesque, the Clash their political sloganeering and the Sex Pistols..... well they were the Sex Pistols!!! The Vibrators, however were content just to churn out finely crafted rock songs - main man Knox in particular has created some of the grittiest love songs this side of Lou Reed. They are still going today. No, not reformed like so many old punk bands recently, STILL GOING. Still producing great records (currently working on what I believe will be their 13th studio album) and still not so much underrated as just plain forgoten about. This is a crime.
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This is in my top ten all time favorite releases by a punk band. The Vibrators were more on the poppier side of [other band], not as poppy as the [other band], but definitely not as crude as the Sex Pistols. This opens with "Into the Future", an instant punk classic. They can go from great punk-mush like "Sweet, Sweet Heart" and "Baby, Baby", to harder rocking all-out punk pop like "Stiff Little Fingers" and "I Need a Slave". The titles of these songs are pretty self-explanatory! This is one cd any self-proclaimed fan of punk should absolutely have in their collection!!!
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Somehow, PURE MANIA by The Vibrators fell between the cracks. I guess they weren't as fashion conscious as the bands that followed The Sex Pistols and The Clash.
What a shame, because this CD contains some of the best punk/new wave material to come out of the UK; as good as The Clash & the Pistol's debuts. The Fashion conscious bands are gone and no one even recalls their music. This CD shows that bands which eschew fashion trands are often the one's who create true art.
Best cuts: Into the Future, She's Bringing You Down, London Girls, Petrol, Bad Time.
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The opening track on this album promises to take you "Into the Future"- and if it sounds like this, then we have nothing to fear. Here we have a collection of stripped down rock songs delivered with that uniquely British attitude. Vibrators never promised to change the world, but here blended a range of influences from 60s pop, New York early-70s art-rock, and the prevailing mood of late-70s London. Really, this album is a collection of power pop songs, the like of which are nowhere to be found today. (Interestingly enough, REM covered the track "Baby Baby" on an obscure fanclub 7"). This album is a great example of pared-down R&B, presented in a dark, sleezy fashion. Sexist,yes.Sordid,yes. Essential,yes.
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Where to begin? Finally the ORIGINAL UK mix (previous CDs have the remixed-for-the-US audio)! The drums explode, the bass rumbles and the guitar is like a divebomber. I can't recommend this enough to a Vibrators fan and to any curious about the 77 UK punk scene - this is one of the essentials and this release is definitive. The booklet has lyrics, liner notes, and photos. The album cover art is faithfully reproduced on the inlays. PLUS - it also has a couple live b-sides, a single version of "Whips and Furs" and the very rare first Vibrators single, "We Vibrate." Excellent all around!
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UK punk rockers The Vibrators weren't a threatning, edgy, or violatile unit like The Sex Pistols or the Dead Kennedys, or the powerful musical force like the Clash or Buzzcocks, they were more the safe and sound raw typical rock n roll band reveling in the punk energy like other fellow UK pioneers The Damned. While the Damned's debut was out before this, they were seen as groundbreaking at least to England while America had the Ramones. Of course this only mattered to the underground music fans who were intersted in punk in the 70's which was hard to come by. The Vibrators seemed to be a simple rock n roll band trying to get themselves off the ground at the time and seemed hell bent on injecting the punk forumla. And it succeeds pretty well. There's nothing groundbreaking here at all, (was the Damned's afterall, just because they beat em to the punch). However if you're into the sloppy and no brains roots punk sound of mid 70's England this album is a good place to start. Minor gems like Into The Future, Yeah Yeah Yeah, No Heart, and the enjoyable punk "ballad" Baby Baby all give a good time. This might be considered a lost classic in the British punk pantheon, but whatever it is, it's a great addition to your collection of rare rock music.
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I think Hangar Eighteen summed things up best. As for the negative review I can understand that one too. I was somewhat unimpressed on first listen and the anti-drug sentiment and lack of rebelliosness did put me off a bit, but after living with this album for a while I can say nothing generates as much fun and pleasure as this one. I even love the preachy "Stay Clean". It could be my favorite album of all time if the lyrics were a bit raunchier, but even with that shortcoming it always gets played when I need an adrenaline rush and it has a lot of tough competition as I have 1000's of CD's(just mentioned so the reader knows it ain't easy to get played). Right now it is in my top 10 list of favorite CD's as well. A punk classic.
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