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Album Review

Elastica's debut album may cop a riff here and there from Wire or the Stranglers, yet no more than Led Zeppelin did with Willie Dixon or the Beach Boys with Chuck Berry. The key is context. Elastica can make the rigid artiness of Wire into a rocking, sexy single with more hooks than anything on Pink Flag ("Connection") or rework the Stranglers' "No More Heroes" into a more universal anthem that loses none of its punkiness ("Waking Up"). But what makes Elastica such an intoxicating record is not only the way the 16 songs speed by in 40 minutes, but that they're nearly all classics. The riffs are angular like early Adam & the Ants, the melodies tease like Blondie, and the entire band is as tough as the Clash, yet they never seem anything less than contemporary. Justine Frischmann's detached sexuality adds an extra edge to her brief, spiky songs — "Stutter" roars about a boyfriend's impotence, "Car Song" makes sex in a car actually sound sexy, "Line Up" slags off groupies, and "Vaseline" speaks for itself. Even if the occasional riff sounds like an old wave group, the simple fact is that hardly any new wave band made records this consistently rocking and melodic.

Customer Reviews

A mild glimmer of reminiscent glee

If you were born in the very late seventies or the very early eighties and were of open mind and alternative persuasion around 15 years later, the likelihood of you feeling at least a mild glimmer of reminiscent glee when listening to Elastica is high. No other band of their era achieved in one single album what this lot did with this debut - often cheeky, always to the point and, if you listen now, totally characteristic of the moment.

Perfect Album

This is a perfect album, not a bad track on it, infact not even an average track on it. If you like short high tempo indie then this is down your street. Perfect for a half hour car journey etc to get you pumped up. Personal favourites include...well all of them especially All-Nighter and Vaseline!!!!

This is what it was about

For those that were fortunate enough to be teenagers in this era, like our parents in the 60's this sums up the music, dress and attitude. Quality band, quality album.


Formed: October, 1992

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Elastica's brief, angular, and catchy punk rock became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1995. While the group reworked both the sound and the image of new wave and punk rockers like Adam & the Ants, Wire, the Buzzcocks, and Blondie, the band's songs are more pop-oriented and hook-driven than most of their influences, and Justine Frischmann's cool sexuality is earthier, yet more detached, than Debbie Harry's. Guitarist/vocalist Justine Frischmann began performing professionally in the early...
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