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Rattus Norvegicus

The Stranglers

1977

Rattus Norvegicus
Album Summary

Rattus Norvegicus (alternative title The Stranglers IV) is the debut studio album by the Stranglers, released on 15 April 1977. It was one of the highest-selling albums of the punk era in Britain, eventually achieving platinum record sales. Two of its tracks, "Peaches" and "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)", were released as 7-inch singles in the UK.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Really surprised by this one, kept it fresh and interesting

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Wow, something from the British punk wave that doesn't immediately suck ass. I actually liked this from start to finish and it has really memorable songs. The sound may be of its time but the performance, especially the vocals, are really tight on this one.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

Possibly the most enjoyably fun punk album. This or Ian Dury. Sparky, snotty and cynical, with possibly the best drummer and tons of Hammond organ to piss off the purists. The run from Hanging Around to Ugly is some of the most fun you can have with your trousers on.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

I saw The Stranglers in 1977 and it was terrifying. Respectable looking men went into the toilets in suits to get changed and came out covered in lipstick and safety pins, unrecognisably different. JJ Burnel jumped into the crowd in the middle of a song and beat up someone, no idea why, but the band ignored it and kept on playing. He got back up on stage, plugged back in and resumed playing as if nothing had happened. The music was tremendously exciting, though I didn't like punk until 30 years later.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

More than anything, the fucking organ slaps. This is great new wave/punk/with a pub Horror vibe to it.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Well, hello. Please come in. The Stranglers are one of the few bands I haven't heard that I hold no prejudices about, so this was as welcome as some alone time in the shower. I can't say it defied my expectations, because I didn't have any, but I can say it was a total thrill. Lively, tumbledown, and so assured. The drummer ain't afraid to lash out, the guitar's got that shark bite quality, and the vocals are, um, strangled. Meaty stuff. An eight-minute medley in ninth place is ambitious by usual standards, but these lads are bold as brass, sticking extended instrumentals that pack a whallop into the two opening tracks. Having listened to 2021's Bright Green Field recently, the maladroit funk and dorky vocals on 'Peaches' sounds like a clear reference point for Squid. Same lyrical brand of disaffected nonsense, too. So far up my alley the street lights are a mere pinprick.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
1

Women are objects and Jews are not people in the world of The Stranglers. I still have some reflection to do about why I'm okay with excusing this type of bigotry in other artists, but for now, I'll say that this shit put me in a bad mood today. Being a dick doesn't make you punk. Best track: Goodbye Toulouse

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Tue Mar 16 2021
5

(Fuck Yeah) This Album Is Incredible [I love you Dave Greenfield R.I.P] 🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Stuart Pearce has seen this mob live over 1000 times. Psycho clearly has impeccable taste 👌

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

Absolutely elctricifying album. Loved the driving bass and viscerally sneering vocals.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Would definitely listen to this album again. Great english punk sound.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

These guys are fun. I like these songs. They are silly, angry, rude, and catchy. 5 stars.

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Mon May 23 2022
4

This album really straddles the line between punk, hard rock, while incorporating elements of art rock and psychedelia into a palatable and exciting package. There’s a sense of danger and sneer to this music which is appealing. These songs are interesting enough musically but accessible enough to be at home in a pub or a college dorm room.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

Si cet album avait une couleur, ce serait transparent

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

British rock from the 70s might be my new favorite thing. Reminds me of a lot the newer stuff I'm listening to (Vaccines, Kooks, Dandy Warhols)

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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

Very cool, very early punk album. I liked it a lot.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
5

Их нотки есть у строукс, за новаторство 5

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Not the kind of music I usually listen to, but very good!

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

I cant believe this wasn't on my radar before. This is just fun from start to finish. A really pleasant surprise. I look forward to hearing more from them. Seriously, how did I not hear them before today?

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Punk rock setentero. Vinilo.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

A beautiful album. Kept me hooked till the last min.

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Sun May 15 2022
5

Unbelievable stuff. Came across it myself a few weeks ago. It got me through my thesis. Very original sound.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

The Stranglers vs. the Wokes. I know who I'd rather listen to. They manage to offend just about everyone. Man that bass, that keyboard.........I love these guys. This is seminal 70's UK punk.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Very good album, didn't know them

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

T3B 1. Down In The Sewer (Medley) 2. Princess Of The Streets 3. Sometimes Such an absolute banger. No bad songs. Great vibe, structure, and complexity. Had trouble narrowing out my top 3 bangers. It’s beautiful. It’s fun. It’s also a 5!

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Fun musicality, ska adjacent, they have fun with their voices

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Sounds like a precursor to a lot of my favourite bands/genres. Strong lead guitar, campy vocals, absolute demon on the bass, solid spurts of organ. Verging on post punk I guess. A few allusion to what was to come from the 80s. Actually yeah very post punk. I'm super familiar with Peaches but I have no idea why - sounds so much like it could be a song by Shame. Bit of a powerhouse album as you get into the second half. Love the heavy guitar/bass being offset by the organ and sax - eg Down in the Sewer. Bit of a grower but it really winds out nicely. Fk me it just keeps getting stronger at Go Buddy Go.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
5

PREFS : TOUT MOINS PREF : RIEN

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Fri Jan 20 2023
5

Boom! Album opens off groovy, baby! Rock n Roll, let's gooo!! The album has some great metaphors within the lyrics, little double meanings that increase the listening pleasure. I was surprised at how much i enjoyed this album, I really thought I would lose interest as it moved on, but my attention was retained through till the end. Great album.

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

A true classic. The deep baritone of singer Hugh Cornwall, alongside the Farfifa organ sells the album.

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Tue Feb 07 2023
5

This is certainly an interesting specimen of 70’s British punk. As someone who is disinclined to love punk music, I started off apprehensive. But this is really well done! The organ was a particular highlight for me. “Down in the Sewer” was a totally epic track! Incredible organ solo at the end! This would be an ideal soundtrack for a groovy haunted house (something I've dreamed of attending ever since I say episode one of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries in 1977 - someone please recreate this and invite me!). Weird and fun!

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Sun Feb 19 2023
5

С начала я подумал, что это будет диско из 80-ых, а потом они начали петь про то, что надо бить девушек в лицо)) Чертов британский панк с диско-синтами. Местами прикольно, но уж слишком много делается упора на проигрыши (в итоге и проиграли сами себе иногда). Вообще синт напоминает синт из The Doors и это круто. Алкоальбом: диско (коктейль, не стиль) в пабе с мужиками пьющими пиво

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Thu Feb 23 2023
5

Hört ett 10-tal låtar med Stranglers förut men ingen av dem är från denna platta. Att jag missat den? Den är ju lysande.

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Wed Mar 01 2023
5

Punk perfection. Easiest 5 ever.

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

Killer album through and through. Peaches had been on the soundtrack of Reservoir Dogs maybe(?). Anyhow, it was in a movie some time back and I had thus found entry to this album a while ago and had found it lackluster, but apparently my tastes have improved or degraded...And I loved it. It's that gritty English sound and a very unique one. Love.

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Tue Mar 21 2023
5

Love the keyboard and grungy vocals

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Thu Apr 06 2023
5

What the hell is this oddly technical prog punk mix and where has it been my entire life???

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Tue May 02 2023
5

So far the best punk album on the list, in my opinion. First of all, repetitiveness of the beat wasn't that off-putting. In fact, the music, mainly drum and bass line, was amplifying absolutely great vocal work. If we take a look at 70s and 80 punk and post punk albums, that have appeared on this list so far, then it is easily the best singer out there. Exceptional stuff, no filler songs, everything is at least above average. Additionally, there is no way I won't mention "Golden Brown", even if that song wasn't included in this album. One of the greatest melodies ever, it is going to influence the score regardless of the rules. I think in normal circumstances this album would receive a 4 stars from me, but to highlight how much better it is than other punk records, I will give it a full 5 stars. Great album!

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Thu Jun 01 2023
5

I like the sound, the guitar playing, the keyboards. Everything stands out.

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Fri Sep 08 2023
5

Excellent album, well ahead of its time in a lot of ways.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
5

First time listening to this and positively impressed. I will definitely relisten and explore The Stranglers's catalog.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
5

I like the punk rock vibes with the keyboard combo

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Tue Oct 10 2023
5

Oh this is really good, like really good. It seems quite well timed as it's got a fucking organ playing which is very goth/Halloween and it slaps.

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Thu Nov 09 2023
5

Never heard before, absolutely loved it

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Sat Nov 25 2023
5

Classic Stranglers album. One of my favorites. '[Get a] Grip [on Yourself]' is my favorite track on the album.

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Thu Nov 30 2023
5

A mix of punk and pop, without sounding like pop punk. This almost prog in some ways. While obviously punk, there's hints of blues, jazz, boogie and psychedelia that you wouldn't expect. I'd heard "Peaches" before (I guess it was a hit), but "Goodbye Toulouse" and "Hanging Around" are the standout tracks for me. This is a solid album that I suspect would get better with subsequent listens.

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Fri Dec 01 2023
5

totally cool, and a total surprise. great songwriting and bass playing

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Wed Dec 20 2023
5

I love these guys. They have a fresh, different sound on every track. I love that they have a punk edge to them without it all being bleating into the microphone to the same chords played over and over. Give them their due for having the guts highlight the keyboards. "Sometimes", "Peaches", and "Get a Grip" are great tracks.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

I listened a couple times. It didn't stick with me but I enjoyed the energy.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

An album I bought at the time on vinyl. It might be labelled Punk but to my prog rock infuenced ears back in 1977 I heard a lot more than the 3 chord trick punk bands around then. This is probably because the Strangler members were a bit older than the average punk rocker and by the addition of Dave Greenfield the keyboard player in the lineup. His swirling organ sound can be heard on most tracks giving the songs an extra layer. I love a rock keyboardist, Emerson, Wakeman, Lord etc, but Greenfield’s organ solo accompanied by Burnel’s thundering bass at the end of Down In The Sewer is magnificent and one of my top keyboard moments. But the Stranglers were and have proven to be great musicians and some of the songs on here are memorable pop tunes. Peaches is particular is a song everyone will know, exceptional guitar riff and cheeky lyrics which will always come into mind (well mine anyway) when on a beach somewhere. It was great to sit down with this album again and remind myself how great the songs are on this album.

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Sun Jan 21 2024
5

not a bad album. I'd listen to it again

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Fri Jan 26 2024
5

Great project. Weird in all the best ways, this is making my rotation

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Fri Jan 26 2024
5

Very fun listen and pretty blown away by the consistency. Feels very ahead of its time for 1977, reminds me a bit of an evolution of what Sparks was doing and incorporating deeper synth layers to it. Very enjoyable experience! Top tracks: Sometimes, Goodbye Toulouse, London Lady, Hanging Around, Get A Grip On Yourself, Ugly, Down In The Sewer

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Fri Jan 26 2024
5

Some really good songs on here!

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Sun Jan 28 2024
5

Wow this was great. I'd heard Peaches before but nothing else on this album, and I'd never heard of the Stranglers despite liking lots of similar stuff. This was a great find for me today!

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Fri Feb 09 2024
5

cool sometimes goodbye toulouse london lady hanging around get a grip on yourself down in the sewer

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Proggy in part, punk in others... sprinkled with some classics!!!

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Wed Sep 30 2020
4

Another solid choice from a band Id never heard of, old school punk aesthetic from the UK

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

This was oddly enjoyable. '70s punk has a totally different feel, yet is somewhat familiar to bands like the Ramones. I liked how melodic everything felt. A bit too much organ at times, but maybe that's just my preference. 4 stars.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Bowie X Clash. Weird, but good. Peaches and London Lady esp.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

I understand why people like Neil Young, but I don't particularly enjoy him, and listening to a full album of his music is a bit of a chore for me. There are certainly some things to like about this album, but, but, but 3/5

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Wed May 26 2021
4

i liked this.. sounded like bowie b-sides stuff, better than the black star bowie crap earlier this week

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Primer punto... el título me fascinó, no sé por qué, quizá solo me ha agradado siempre la notación en latín para las ratas pero me gustó; aún más cuando entendí por qué se llama así (more on this ahead). Dos, decía que son punk... suena realmente muy poco a punk, suena más a banda de garage con unos toques de psicodelia; ese órgano le viene muy bien a su música y está bastante bien manejado, incluso en las partes en que está casi rayando en copia de órgano de los Doors suena bien. Musicalmente solo puedo decir que es agradable, este "no punk" psicodélico que casi suena popeado y pegajoso. Eso es la música pero vaya que si hay más que decir... Por partes; no se qué tanta atención le pusieron pero tiene algunas letras un poco.... problemáticas para hoy en día. Desde el inicio tiene dulzuras como “Someday, I’m going to smack your face” o “I got morbid fascination, gonna beat you till you drop." Normalmente soy de dar contexto al tiempo en que se hizo la música y no tratar de imponer reglas o maneras de ver las cosas que no estaban patentes en su momento pero aquí va casi rayando en mi límite de lo que suena normal para la época y lo que suena realmente misógino sin importar el año. A pesar de lo anterior en verdad que la música te lleva a seguir escuchando; es realmente hipnotizante y bien hecha en su estilo tan sui generis. Las letras van mejorando y al menos no se estancan en los temas delicados aunque no los dejan del todo; tenemos desde canciones sobre la destrucción de Toulouse según Nostradamus, pero inevitablemente regresa de nuevo a lo que se siente como un ataque bastante directo a una periodista a la nada sutil "Making love to the Mercy Tunnel with a sausage." O sea vamos que del Me Too no se van a llevar un premio y si pones realmente en el Face que escuchaste este disco y te gusto una buena proporción de la gente te va a medio linchar. Por otro lado podría tratar de defenderlo un poco tomando en cuenta que todo el odio que escupe a las mujeres es en misma cantidad el que se echa a sí mismo. No trata de hacerse superior o decir que fuera mejor que toda la mierda que esta diciendo de otros. De repente, después de líneas tan líricas como “Is she trying to get out of that clitoris” en la segunda mitad la banda se vuelve francamente ambiciosa no solo en mostrar sus habilidades instrumentales sino también líricamente. "Ugly" es una dosis aun mayor de psicodelia que aperte cita el poema de Ozymandias de Shelley; después termina en un gran final con 'Down the Sewer' con los decididamente poco punk siete minutos que dura. Al borde del territorio del álbum conceptual, es una historia posapocalíptica de llegar a la gran ciudad a través de las alcantarillas y encontrar que la vida no es mejor que lo que había abajo. Un ratón de granja que se cuela en la gran ciudad solo para convertirse en otro rattus norvegicus rodeado de latas de coca-cola vacías. De verdad el final parece otra banda. Disco muy interesante, problemático en estos días, fuerte, decadente, exuda odio y frustración pero termina con un anhelo de poder levantarse más allá de la podredumbre y corrupción. No es un disco agradable, no es bonito, pero es muy muy honesto. Hacía rato que un disco no me dejaba pensando tanto, a pesar de escucharse musicalmente simple y pegajoso terminó siendo bastante más.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

it was okay, not my favourite but not the worst

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Sun May 09 2021
4

Die wollen‘s wissen und geben Gas; badass Bass, licks für die Ewigkeit, Schnodderstimme mit Genugtuung im Wiederkauen. Was ist das denn ? Hammond Punk? Rock’n’Rave ? Könnte heute erscheinen, wenn die Perfektion nicht schon in den 70ern erschienen wäre. restless 4.2

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Peaches is a top tier track the album is a vibe

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Good album. Great vocals and variety of arrangements. Some songs I didn't know I knew too.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

Blimey. Why have I never listened to a Stranglers Album before. Love this. Raw. Not overly polished. Proper attitude, nous and musicianship. Bit long but 4/5

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

Solid album, loved Princess of the Streets! (or queen?) Quality dropped off a bit after that though, hanging around was a low point on the album

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

New wave punk rock, so cool! Attitude, rumbling bass, keyboards, all in a band! Gets me going. I like the drive of this album. This is the kind of nerdy hooligan music I can get behind. It's the right amount of edgy while also being fun. I like it a lot.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Distinctive sound with the twangy bass and keyboard with punky but not shouty singing

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Really enjoyable album for my return to the project. I think I'd have been into these if I was about in the 70s. Brash, swaggering punk rock. Best tracks: Peaches & Hanging Around

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Top album, can imagine a lot of these blaring out on a Friday night down at the 42nd Street discotheque back in the day. Best track: Peaches

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

Solid punk album, lyrics to peaches are disgusting tho

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Mon May 03 2021
4

Yo, I like this a lot! Parts of it kinda remind me of a more punk version of early Elvis Costello. Very cool!

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Great 80s pop music sound. Good listen.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

Late 70's British Punk keeps on giving. Excellent bass work, some creeping Doors-style organ-powered jams, and Down in the Sewer dips lightly into prog.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

Peaches!!! Say no more. I didn't know this was the band so I'm so glad to be introduced. I really enjoy this album. It has a good punky vibe but it's the organ in the tracks that does it for me.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Cool British new wave-y punk rock.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Enjoyed, reminded me of the Clash

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

I love the rawness of early British punk as they incorporate other genres like prog, reggae, and synth. All the tracks are catchy and have memorable tunes. Nothing extraordinary but also has little wrong with it and otherwise a perfectly fine album.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

This sounds like one of the earliest branches of the evolution of punk into new wave. Love the synths. Pretty dope.

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