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1986 was not a good year for the Adicts. Realizing that punk rock meant almost nothing to the youth that were buying records, they felt a change in the musical climate and followed it to see what would happen. Unfortunately for the band and their remaining fan base, their new keyboard-heavy direction didn't impress and the album disappeared, becoming one of the Adicts' most sought after collector's items. Thankfully, Captain Oi Records has chosen to resurrect this fine album with the added bonus of all four songs from the Bar Room Bop EP originally released in 1985. Although the band turned down the guitars a bit on Fifth Overture, the songs were the key to unlocking the mysteries of this long-lost album. Not so much punk (although the band's punk ethic certainly shines through), this is more of a bid for commercial acceptance when all else had failed. "Put Yourself in My Hands," "Na Na Na," and "I'm Yours" would certainly give new wave fans goose bumps, while the "Feelin' Groovy"-vibe of "Too Much of a Good Thing" would put a smile on any music scholar's face. There are certainly moments when the guitars are dominant ("Two Timing Me," "She's a Rocker," "Dangers," and all four bonus tracks), but this album was too radical of a departure for most, and it went nowhere. Years later, it remains one of the Adicts most accessible albums. ~ Steve "Spaz" Schnee, Rovi


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '00s

The Adicts are a British punk rock quartet founded in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, in the late '70s by lead singer Monkey (Keith Warren), guitarist Pete Davidson, bassist Mel Ellis, and drummer Kid Dee (Michael Davison). The group affected the look of the "droogs" in the film A Clockwork Orange. Largely independent record makers, they nevertheless made the...
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