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The Only Ones

The Only Ones

1978

The Only Ones
Album Summary

The Only Ones is the debut studio album by English power pop band The Only Ones, released in 1978 by Columbia Records. It was produced by the Only Ones themselves, with the assistance of Robert Ash and was mixed at Basing St., Escape and CBS. The album was re-released in Europe in 2009 on Sony Music Entertainment, featuring rare bonus content. The reissue was a CD which comprises 13-tracks. It includes the original album digitally remastered from the original 1/2" mix tapes; alongside three bonus tracks.

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Rating

2.92

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11295

Genres

  • Pop
  • Punk
  • Rock

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Half of it sounded like credit music for a forgotten 90's sitcom, and the other half felt like a promising demo that was never worked on afterword. It felt like it was almost good a lot of times, but then just fell kind of flat.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
2

I got excited when the opening track started... ooh this band's pretty solid, nice production, ooh tasty chord changes. THEN the dude started singing. Jesus H. Christ. I'd bet ya the members of his band thought he was total shite too, just learned to enjoy playing together and TRIED to turn his mic down bit by bit by bit by bit.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

Holy shit… that was awesome. This is exactly what I was looking for on 1001, bangers that were never on my radar. This album had a bit of Telivision, Roxy Music, Bowie, Violent Femmes and Of Montreal. First song was a good reforestation of the rest of the album, genre mashup, sounded like Roy Orbison mixed with Television. This album has everything I want, Proto punk, good breakdowns, solid recording and fidelity. What an impressive big sound and on top of that Horns and Keys, and in that way predicts and transcends punk and post punk. Loved it. Saved it. 5.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Regular ass 70s music lmao idk what to tell you. Songs to play in the background for sound that won't distract you too much if you're doing work but you want lyrics.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

This was a great listen - like the Velvets after taking some happy pills. Excellent.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

At start it seemed quite generic, but the later songs were interesting 3.5

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Very surprised I've never listened to this before. Reminds me of the Undertones, Buzzcocks, a little Television. Never knew The Whole of the Law was not a Yo La Tengo original (and I like the YLT version better).

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

First saw this band on 3rd September 1977 supporting the Stranglers at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on the first date of the 'No More Heroes' Tour. Was impressed then, and grew to love this band.. What a great devut album, although their masterpiece in my opinion is 'Even Serpents Shine'.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

There have been some great oblique paeans to heroin over the years (Golden Brown and There She Goes spring immediately to mind) but Another Girl, Another Planet is maybe the absolute best. I saw Peter Perrett live for the very first time only a few years ago and it gave me a warm glow to see that he'd not only survived his addictions but was also producing decent music in his bus pass years. Meanwhile, back in 1978, Perrett's New York nasal drawl belied his Camberwell roots and the Only Ones' blistering rockers aligned them with punk and new wave even though this is a real melting pot of an album with do-woopy and jazz-tinged flourishes and plenty of genuinely involving moments which sometimes bring Graham Parker and the Rumour to mind. I've never actually heard any of their other albums which is odd really because this one is enormously rewarding.

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Fri Dec 22 2023
5

Thoroughly enjoyed this - really refreshing. Would argue you can hear Steve Lillywhite's influence. Quite surprised I hadn't heard of them before. I added The Whole of the Law, Another Girl, Another Planet, The Beast, It's The Truth, No Peace for the Wicked, and Lovers Today to my rotation. Quite a nice combo between New Wave, and a bit of Punk.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

The most enjoyable experience when listening to music is discovering an album you know nothing about and being blown away. Like a diamond in the rough. That is very much the way I feel about this album. I’ve never even heard of this band before. And that’s disappointing. Because they deserve some serious recognition. It’s really remarkable how much more enjoyable listening to music can be when it’s genuinely creative. It was made immediately apparent to me that this was something special when the album labeled as new wave and power pop started with a song like The Whole of the Law. The saxophone caught me way off guard, and was absolutely the last thing I was expecting. And what impressed me the most was that each after that continued to be engaging and unique, and try cool ideas. I kept saying to myself “This can’t get any cooler”, but it just kept getting cooler. The fusions of pop with punk, new wave, and possibly even jazz is executed perfectly. I think the real driving force of this is the lead vocalist Peter Perrett. His achy and meek style of singing creates the image in my head of a frail young man sitting in the corner of a room and singing. But the lyrics are actually quite sad. It’s a mix of drugs, depression, and a longing for love. This is so much more sophisticated and impressive than I imagined a late 70’s power pop album could be. I wish I had heard of this earlier, but that’s really the beauty of this list. Rating: 9/10

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

Really great, interesting, mix of punk, power pop and psychedelia.

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Tue Dec 26 2023
4

I guess I’m of the opinion that rock music is the everyman’s music; that you don’t have to be a perfect singer, or the greatest instrumentalist, or have ultra slick production in order to make a great record. Rock music should be raw and real, not belabored over and tweaked to perfection like some kind of attempt to manufacture perfection. The Only Ones debut record is unique, interesting, well played and engaging. If you want something “perfect” that checks off some weird list of requirements of what a great record “should be”, you should look elsewhere.

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Thu Feb 23 2023
5

"Another Girl, Another Planet" is one of those songs you've heard everywhere but always attributed to someone else (probably The Buzzcocks). It's a great tune and the rest of the album ain't bad either; I like its soporific, heroin-tinged take on punk rock.

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Wed Sep 30 2020
4

I liked it, should definitely listen again

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Sun Dec 04 2022
4

Really good band, okay songs, but very off-putting vocals, unfortunately.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

Not a bad album, just wasn’t my cup of tea. I still may have to give some of their other albums a listen.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Um album Ok, um pouco genérico.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Je pense que ce groupe a fabriqué cet album en visant le 3 étoiles sur le générateur et qu'il a plutôt réussi son pari. On peut citer dans ce sens le refrain du morceau "Another girl, another planet.": "♫ Nous tout ce qu'on veut c'est pas grand chose, qu'on nous donne la note de trois sur le générateur, on n'a pas tellement plus d'ambition, na-na-na-na-na-na, Hey Jude...♫"

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Sun Jan 28 2024
3

Nr. 111/1001 The Whole Of The Law 2/5 Another Girl, Another Planet 3/5 Breaking Down 3/5 City Of Fun 3/5 The Beast 3/5 Creature Of Doom 3/5 It's The Truth 3/5 Language Problems 2/5 No Peace For The Wicked 3/5 The Immortal Story 2/5 Lovers Of Today 3/5 Peter And The Pets 3/5 As My Wife Says 3/5 Average: 2,77 Didn't really like the vocals of the lead singer. Songwriting was pretty good.

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Sun Mar 10 2024
3

I was in at the opening track. I was out when the singer opened his mouth. I was back in with "Another Girl Another Planet." Learned something today about the origin of this song. Then they slowly lost me in mediocrity again.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
2

I liked the band and the music on this album a lot! But the lead singer ruins the songs. Like total annihilation.

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Mon Sep 07 2020
5

Awesome blend of classic late 70s punk (NY Dolls-ish) and 2nd wave alt (Violent Femmes). Brand new band for me.

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Sat May 08 2021
5

Must listen punk, excellent songs front to back

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

9/10, surprisingly great songs really diverse genres and very fun sounds great execution all around

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Surprised with the Libertines vibes. I mean these are all bangers. Really good fun

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Sun Dec 04 2022
5

Great debut album: 5*. The other two Only Ones albums are also 5* but not as good as their first one: nonstop classic guitar songs, several of which covered by other bands over the years. Favourite song: The Beast.

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Mon Jan 09 2023
5

Love this big sprawling guitar rock - one of my favourite genres/styles of all time. Something distinctly late 70s Australian sounding about them too, assume that The Saints et al were influenced by these blokes/this sound.

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Sun Mar 19 2023
5

Another one I've never even heard of! Fun. Right out the gate it doesn't sound like anything I expected at all. While associated with the punk scene the power pop and psychedelia elements are definitely much more prevalent so far. I'm pretty into this. I wonder if Gordon Gano was a fan of these guys. The vocals on "Breaking Down" definitely remind me of Violent Femmes. "City of Fun" too - which also feels the most punk anything has sounded thus far on the album as well. Oh yeah, the bit of freakout at the end of "City of Fun" also reminds me of the Femmes. These guys must be an influence. "I love my mother but I wouldn't wanna have sex with her!" = gold. The more I hear the more I'm convinced the Femmes are deeply influenced by these guys. Alright, I know I'll be listening to this one a bunch more - it's jumping up on the want-to-buy list now. This is fuggin' awesome!

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Mon Oct 09 2023
5

this needs more recognition, omg i'm so glad to have found this. These are incredible musicians, one-of-a-kind performances, a really tight vision. The sax solos, the climaxes, the pacing, its all a slam dunk

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Thu Oct 26 2023
5

Ok this album fucking rocks. I love this dudes voice so much. I feel like it was night and day from the last album which was a similar sound sorta new agey but not nearly as fun as this one. Never even heard of the band before but absolutely loved it. I'd like to give it a 4.5 so ill round up

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

Definitely a precursor to the Violent Femmes, cool to find

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

this is beyond amazing in my ears, it’s so light but powerful, i don’t think i could trust someone who says they don’t like this album.

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Sun Jan 21 2024
5

This album actually slaps, and offers a solid mix of sounds.

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Sun Feb 11 2024
5

One of the charms of this endeavor is to have never heard of an artist or record and to find something new to love. More often than not, out of 1001 albums, the discoveries tend to be of new things to hate. This is not one of those days.

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Tue Feb 13 2024
5

Cousins of Buzzcocks, strung out neighbors of Elvis Costello, and the uncles of The Libertines. I found this album to be instantly engaging. Great pop songs and shambolic performances.

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

It's like Violent Femmes before Violent Femmes!

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Fri May 31 2024
5

Ein erfrischendes spielfreudiges positives Album, das einfach Spaß macht. Ich bin ganz begeistert. Von wegen Demo- Versionen. So gehört das Album: perfekt mit Ecken und Kanten, die den Spaß noch erhöhen und den eingängigen Melodien nichts anhaben. Eine große Entdeckung.

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Smooth garage rock like this is a treasure

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

Enjoyed. Too peppy for work though

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Nice find! "Interesting funk" My favorites are the least-popular (according to Spotify)

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

This has some of those lazy sparkle-pop vibes that bands in the 2010s were going for, and it definitely works. I like this, sometimes low-fi lite, sometimes psychedelic and surf-rocky, always with that classic 70s feel that it just can't shake.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Very cool precursor to things that I have liked for a while.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

What a fun little gem I've never heard before. Adding this to the regular rotation.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

I've always had a soft spot for So You Want To Be A Rock 'N Roll Star, with it's comically rolling bassline, Latin beat and sardonic lyrics. Have You Seen Her Face has a lovely vocal arrangement and is Beatlesque in the best sense. My Back Pages is a stellar Dylan cover. And the Byrd's harmonies are just gorgeous. At their best, the Byrds' combination of folk rock, country, psychedelia and pure pop is a delight. But I'm sorry to say that Younger Than Yesterday is not a very good album. The attempts at psychedelia here are amateurish and juvenile, ruining the otherwise fine C.T.A. - 102. Roger McGuin's attempts at lead guitar throughout are an embarrassment. And other than the first two songs and the Dylan cover, the songwriting is weak. Two stars for the three strong tunes mentioned, zero stars for the rest. 2/5

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

There's a couple of standout songs here.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Drive rock music with a gravelly voice

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Tue May 25 2021
4

Alt Punk in beiden Sinnen des Wortes Alt Geil!

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Never heard of this band before. Seemed pretty good after on listen. I didn’t realize that “The Whole of the Law” was their song; only familiar with Yo La Tengo’s version.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Me fue difícil, en momentos me pareció promedio, pero en momentos pensaba que para la época el disco es muy bueno. Lo tuve que escuchar varias veces, pero eso mismo fue lo que me orilló a darle 4 estrellas, si no hubiera pensado que valiera la pena no lo hubiera escuchado varias veces.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Good album I enjoyed all the tracks. Another discovery from this list. 4.3

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Good voice It's good Sounds like Magazine Warrants repeat listens It's excellent

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Sun Sep 26 2021
4

Pretty good! This the 8th album I've listened to for the 1001 Albums List, and it's the first one where I've just completely never heard of the band. I really enjoyed it though! Just some fun 70s punk music. I might end up going back to it sometime. Definitely glad I heard it, even though nothing completely blew me away.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Great album. I was only familiar with Another Girl, Another Planet Good punk music that doesn't make me feel too intimidated.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Great album. Can't believe I've never even heard of the band before. Nick Lowe vibes. Another Girl, Another Planet reminded me of something, but then I found out Blink182 covered it - seems right.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

First time hearing of this band...enjoying the sound. Serious Television vibes. Seems like they would also have influence on future BritPop (Pulp esp.). 4/5

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

My heart and soul! Everything I love in rock in one album. Riffs, solos, fast tempos, punk, hard rock, and pop in one. Loved it. Great rock songs. Would only knock on the vocals, could have been more passionate.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Oh wow! Who turned up the drama to eleven?! That first track is terrible with those operetta voice and lovesick lyrics. Fortunately the balance of the album doesn't follow that first one "The Whole of the Law". I love the diversity of instruments used on the record, and the raw guitar with short breakouts like the one that opens City of Fun. However, please save us the 'my voice is awesome lemme show you my vibrao skills' crap. I don't care about any of that and I can't imagine any of your fans do either. I'm kind of a sucker for this era of intelligent lo-fi polished punk from the late 70s. I'd never heard of The Only Ones and happy to have been turned on to them.

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Cool, a good find. Not all songs were great, but I enjoyed the punk vibes with good musicianship

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Some really great songs, particularly of course Another Girl Another Planet

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Really good album, with a few brilliant songs. Another girl, another planet was the stand out for me, with The whole of the law, Creature of doom, and As my wife says, all very enjoyable. Not sure it's quite a five 🌟, but a solid 4 🌟 effort. I loved it

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

This was really great! Never heard of this band before!

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Pretty great - power pop. I’m with it.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Another Girl... is a banger. Some brilliantvtracks toward the end

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Never heard before and would probably listen again

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Pretty solid, sounds like it was an influential album

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Solid album, worth vinyl possibly

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Nice pink vibes. Overall pleasant to listen to but missing an x factor

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Thu May 12 2022
4

I'm used to the phenomenon where you can't really perceive any accent in (English-language) singing so it's always feels a little weird when someone sounds super British. Enjoyed the album tho

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

I expected little, but was pleasantly surprised.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Grato descubrimiento. Power popnew wavepunk rock. Finales de los 80.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

New wave. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

This is good, from a band iv never heard of. Recognised the song another girl another planet from the blink 182 cover. Good mix of punk and pop can see me coming back to this and having the potential to make my wider rotation.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

This surprised me, if only because I was unfamiliar with this group until yesterday. But this is solid punk with a power rock tinge, and I could see this being a solid gap between the Ramones and Cheap Trick back in the day. I don’t think they got a chance in the states, though. B

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Quite good album. Reminds me of something like T. Rex but with more punk feel. 3.75/5

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Good power pop from an obscure band. Only so much could be done with the genre at the time, since bands like Jellyfish and the Posies were still several years away.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

First listen. Never heard of the band and was pleasantly surprised. Add d the album to my library.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Good, can see where some of the younger bands get their inspiration

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Suena a todo y a nada. A ratos se escucha muy viejo, punk promedio y luego parece una banda que salió hace 3-4 años. Creo que sin saberlo muchas bandas actuales tienen influencia de otras bandas que fueron insipiradas por The Only Ones. 3.5 que subo a 4 porque en realidad está bueno, aunque ninguna sobresalga.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Is it new wave? Is it punk? Is it pop? I don't know and I honestly don't care if the product is as fun as The Only Ones. Peter Perrett is terribly British and half the time it sounds like he's only half invested in recording the songs - but somehow it only adds to the experience. Songs like "Another Girl, Another Planet" and "Language Problem" are especially fun with Perrett really showing off on the latter. On the other hand I'm not quite as interested when they go for a more straight on punk(ish) approach like on "City Of Fun". Huge praise for keeping this at a length of barely more than half an hour. Thight and with absolutely no time for bullshit.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Previously unfamiliar with both artist and album, I felt this was a very accesable introduction to The Only Ones. The melodies are on point and unlike many punk and new wave bands of their era, the musicianship is top notch. The standout track is 'Another Girl, Another Planet' which is insanely catchy while still carrying a lo-fi garage sound. No wonder it apparently became their signature song. 'City of Fun' is another catchy one, and 'Breaking Down' sees the group going full jazz with groovy 70s keys. The Only Ones might have been long forgotten along with the vast majority of their contemporaries if not for their capabilities behind their instruments. Moments like the tight 'Creature of Doom' and THAT GUITAR on 'Language Problems' make this album a very nice acquaintance indeed.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

I’d never heard of this band, another hole in my U.S.-centric knowledge of pop music culture. I liked this a lot, though the vocal delivery bordered on a territory of affectation I dislike, and struck me as the weakest component of the music. I’d like to spend more time with this band and get to know the lyrics, which I wasn’t giving much concentration.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

never heard this before and really enjoyed it.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Pretty great 70s pop punk. Didn't know it but like it.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Really enjoyed this. The beast is a beast of a song

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Sun Dec 04 2022
4

Loved this one, again a nice surprise from 1001.

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Tue Dec 20 2022
4

Love this album. I see this band get lumped in frequently with punk, but The Only Ones were really on their own track in a lot of ways. Some songs are raucous and energetic like the best English punk. But the band is also surprisingly nuanced as well, with strong melodies and alternating jagged-to-jangling guitars. They also played around with more complex uses of keyboards and horns than you might expect in this type of band. Peter Perrett's splendidly insouciant vocals make him sound a bit like an English Lou Reed, but it's a style that also probably influenced numerous post-punk era singers. Fave Songs: Another Girl, Another Planet; The Whole of the Law; No Peace for the Wicked; City of Fun; The Immortal Story

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Wed Dec 21 2022
4

New wave. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Wed Dec 21 2022
4

This is about as grunge as the 1970’s would get, from what I’ve heard. Honestly a solid listen.

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Thu Jan 12 2023
4

This is fun! I'd call it proto-punk, proto-Brit pop from the late 70s. The lead singer has a very distinctive, almost drawling voice which I think you either love or hate (I like it). The opening track is great. It has some Velvet Underground vibes for me. I would definitely listen again.

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