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Magazine ~ Real Life

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Definitive Gaze
  2. My Tulpa
  3. Shot By Both Sides
  4. Recoil
  5. Burst
  6. Motorcade
  7. The Great Beautician In The Sky
  8. The Light Pours Out Of Me
  9. Parade


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Plate Caroline
  • ASIN: B000000HZF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There are echoes here of Pink Floyd and Captain Beefheart and maybe a premonition of Joy Division and all being played by a bunch of punk rockers! This was Howard Devoto's first LP after surprising everyone by leaving the Buzzcocks just as they were poised on the brink of great things. In retrospect, the Buzzcocks would never have been as sucessful as they were with Howard's more grating voice and if this was the music he wanted to make there would have been no easy compromise. There is certainly no sign of the Buzzcocks' frenetic guitarwork or fey lovesongs. Instead we have Devoto's distinctive rasp and a band that includes future members of Siouxsie's Banshees, Nick Cave's Bad Seeds and er... Swing Out Sister (!). The highlight is the magnificent "The Light Pours Out Of Me" - the album is essential for this track alone. Maybe not as commercial as The Correct Use of Soap but it's a hard call which is the better place to start listening to Magazine; which you must!
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21 years after its release and this album still sends me to places most modern 'rock' couldn't even dream of. howard devoto's bratty drawl evokes an era when it was hip to be anti-establishment and anti-authority, yet his songs drip with a more personal internal melodrama. yes they used synthesizers, yes they were 'prog-rockish' but hey, they were DARK, and they were direct and they were/are magnificent. this was a landmark achievement for british post-punk and i recommend it to anyone who wants to rise above the bland offerings from contemporary british/american slaves to corporate radio. "time flies, time crawls, like an insect, up and down the walls"- i'll have a blast of whatever howard was on.
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By A Customer on July 20, 1999
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It's difficult to tell that Real Life is over 20 years as Devoto and co. were years ahead of their time. This debut album from Magazine showed incredible maturity and is filled with top music. Highlights include Definitive Gaze,Shot By Both Sides and The Light Pours Out Of Me. Real Life is a must buy for any lover of good music
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Had to laugh when I saw a previous reviewer's mention of Wax Trax (in Denver), as this is where I was turned on to Magazine. They were indeed playing Magazine when I was in the store, and I was so impressed I picked up "Play.", their live album. After that, I picked up everything Magazine I could get my hands on.

While this is not my favorite Magazine album -- I fall into the "Secondhand Daylight" camp -- this is still a very powerful document, and fairly bristles with a sophisticated punk energy. And it's unique enough that it can't be simply pegged with a convenient genre-tag, and still doesn't sound dated (unless one dates things by the presence of synthesizers, as some no doubt do).

While the music is driving and always interesting, the real strength is in the lyrics and in Devoto's intense and affected delivery; he declaims like a Bowery street preacher drunk on bathtub gin and Nietzsche.

If you're looking for something entirely "new" and exciting in music, look no further. For the first time Magazine listener, I'd recommend either this, "Correct Use of Soap" or "Play" (one of the great live recordings of all time, imho).

And to the good people of Wax Trax: thanks! (are they still there, I wonder?)
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Come on. I mean, Howard Devoto AND Barry Adamson together on the same cd? Please. How could you go wrong. I don't care if you say you don't like punk. I don't care if you think nothing good came out of the 70's. This is one of the top 10 albums of all time for anyone who has heard it. Buy this cd and follow it up with Secondhand Daylight and your mind will open up like the flower that it is.
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I've been listening to this band since the late Seventies and I can safely say if you pick this up you'll probably be listening to them a quarter century from now. It's great to read all these positive reviews from the younger generation; the music travels well. Ignore me, read the other reviews, they're dead on.

I bought this album the same day I bought my first Wire LP. Wot a day that wuz! If that band or this one is news to you then jump at them, it could change your life. Spoiled me rotten.
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after howard devoto left the buzzcocks he formed MAGAZINE...truly one of the best bands from the post punk era...this debut is a classic, it could stand the time of all rock ages, not just the punk era...the music is flawless, fast paced, but with craftmanship not yet seen during the 77-79 years..."shot by both sides"...a classic, "burst", "recoil", classic rock...the whole disc rocks....intelligent music for the folks who started with the sex pistols...a must....
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The big influences here which are being combined with punk aggression are early Roxy Music, and Brian Eno. The band's sound frequently emulates Roxy, and the songs themselves show these influences ("Motorcade"/"The Bogus Man", "Great Beautician"/"Back in Judy's Jungle", and you can't tell me that "Burst" and "Parade" don't remind you of Bryan Ferry). So if you ever wondered what Roxy Music would have sounded like had they given Brian Eno a much bigger role in the band rather than kicking him out, and then stayed relevant till the age of punk and managed to incorporate its influence in - well, it would have sounded something like this.

Having said that, I don't mean to imply that Howard Devoto is anything other than brilliant and original. He's a great frontman; a great lyricist who constructs original and strong vocal lines. He's what makes this band and this album must-hear.

The remastering here is quite great, and John Leckie's rather perfect and glistening production shimmers. The light pours out of this record.
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