Monday, May 5, 2008

Wreckless Eric - Wreckless Eric - 1978


Wreckless Eric's eponymous debut is a ragged, endearing collection of crude rock & roll. In a way, crude doesn't even begin to describe Eric's music. A muddle of scratchy guitars, pounding drumming, and snarled, indecipherable vocals, the record is pure, primal garage rock in the old-fashioned sense. Although Wreckless Eric has the demeanor of a punk, his music is straight-out rock & roll in the old-fashioned sense — there's even saxophones and organs popping out of the mix. What makes Wreckless Eric such fun is its combination of catchy hooks, spirited playing, and downright rudeness. Only a handful of songs are fully formed, and those — "Whole Wide World" and Ian Dury's "Rough Kids" — are punk-inflected pub rock classics, pure pop songs in every sense of the term. The remainder are off-kilter, idiosyncratic pop songs — about everything from "Personal Hygiene" and "Waxworks" to "Telephoning Home" and "Brain Thieves" — performed with sloppy, drunken abandon. Too punk for pub rockers, too straightforward for punk, and too weird for everybody else, Wreckless Eric's debut album is one of the small gems of the punk era.-AMG

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, thanks for sharing this gem.
Track 7 "rough kids" is missing. Any way to repair it?
Ann O'Nimous

Curty Ray said...

I am really sorry that I missed that, but I have posted the new link for. Enoy and let me know if I can do any thing else.

nostringsleft said...

Thnak u

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post. I had heard of this guy, and saw that he's playing a concert in my town soon. After listening to this and visiting his myspace page, I'm definitely gonna go check him out.

Alfredo Aguilar said...

You can re-upload please, link bloke.....

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