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Pure Mania

The Vibrators

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Album Review

Were the Vibrators real punks? Maybe not, but then again, were the Stranglers? Or Eddie and the Hot Rods? Even more to the point, was Steve Jones? Plenty of rock careerists jumped onto the punk/new wave bandwagon in the wake of the Sex Pistols' success (and more than a few folks, like Jones, stumbled into the new movement by accident), but unlike most of them, the Vibrators took to the fast/loud/stripped down thing like ducks to water, and both Knox (aka Ian Carnarchan) and Pat Collier had a genius for writing short, punchy songs with sneering melody lines and gutsy guitar breaks. If the Vibrators were into punk as a musical rather than a sociopolitical movement, it's obvious that they liked the music very much, and on that level their debut album stands the test of time quite well. Pure Mania boasts a bit more polish (and less politics) than many of the albums from punk's first graduating class (such as Damned Damned Damned or The Clash), but if you're looking for a strong, satisfying shot of chugging four-square punk, cue up "Yeah Yeah Yeah," "No Heart," "Petrol," or "Wrecked on You" and you'll be thrown into a gleeful pogo frenzy. Maybe Pure Mania isn't purist's punk, but it's pure rock & roll, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Customer Reviews

Punk at its best.

This album was and is still way beyond its time, you can hear so many of todays bands in it; yet they probably don't know. Into the future, sweet sweet heart & keep it clean, would not be out of place in the charts today! Well done the Vibrators a 1st rate album 17 years ago and a 1st rate album today. Thanks.

Lets Vibrate

A great album and to their eternal credit the band regularly tour the UK. I have had the privilege of enjoying them many times live and their debut album remains a classic. Go see Knox, Eddie and the boys and I guarantee you won't be disappointed. Get well soon Knox.

Biography

Formed: 1976

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

One of punk rock's longest running bands, the Vibrators emerged from the UK punk scene in 1976 and quickly found themselves sharing the stage with such notable acts as the Sex Pistols. Their initial releases were minor hits in England, and the band was able to weather frequent lineup changes, which started with bassist Pat Collier's exit in 1977, until 1980 when the band called it quits. But, as with most...
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  • £8.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Punk
  • Released: 1977

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