The Only Ones
Media Condition: VG+
Sleeve Condition: VG
Genre: Rock, Punk, Power Pop
Notes: 1979 European pressing. Jacket is very clean for its age–just slight discoloration, has CBS 'rock of the 80s' promo sticker on top left. Plays very clean, close to NM.
If you like: a rougher power pop sound or an early punk sensibility akin to that of New York Dolls, Richard Hell, Buzzcocks, Television, or Cheap Trick, you’ll be quick to become a fan of The Only Ones.
About: Led by the raffish and slightly scuzzy romance-obsessed Peter Perrett, The Only Ones were one of the punk era’s most underrated bands. Not as confrontational as The Sex Pistols, as politically indulgent as The Clash, or as stripped-down as The Ramones, The Only Ones played not-so-fast guitar rock that sounded deeply indebted to The New York Dolls and other mid-‘70s proto-punks. Singing his intelligently crafted pop songs in a semi-tuneful whine of a voice and backed by a band that effectively combined youthful exuberance with gracefully aging veterans (non-punk drummer Mike Kellie had done time with early-‘70s clod-rockers Spooky Tooth, bassist Alan Mair was nearly 40), Perrett was an astute chronicler of the vagaries of modern, dysfunctional love. Despite a career that lasted from 1978-1981 and one certifiable “hit” song to their credit (the brilliant “Another Girl, Another Planet”), The Only Ones became the archetypal contenders that never broke big, despite assurances from fans and critics that they couldn’t miss. *via John Dougan
A favorite track: The Whole Of The Law