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Album Review

The second Lurkers album found the band, of course, still pursuing the brittle punk-pop hybrid blueprinted on their debut the previous year, a dynamite collection that simply bristles with hooks. The single "Out in the Dark" was certainly one of the band's finest moments, but there's not a dull moment in sight as the Lurkers power along. The original 12-song album is appended on CD with a treasure trove of related material, including five previously unissued demos, plus a clutch of period singles — "Just Thirteen," since re-immortalized by Germany's Die Toten Hosen, stands proud among these, while the scything "New Guitar In Town," the band's final single before their year's end break-up — showcases guitarist Pete Stride's own immediate future, as he teamed up with the Boys' John Plain in a new axe-heavy project. Elsewhere, the likes of "Suzie Is a Floozie" and "Countdown" are classic Lurkers stormers, while "Little Ole Wine Drinker Me" joins the so-called "pub" version of "Cyanide" in pinpointing the raw musical humor with which the Lurkers frequently laced their best work.


Genre: Alternative

Formed in London in 1977, the first-generation punk outfit the Lurkers originally comprised vocalist Howard Wall, guitarist Pete Stride, bassist Arturo Bassick (born Arthur Billingsley) and drummer Manic Esso (a.k.a. Pete Haynes). Trumpteted as Britain's answer to the Ramones, the group debuted with the single "Shadow," released on the fledgling Beggars Banquet label; Bassick soon exited, and with ex-Saints bassist Kim Bradshaw, the Lurkers reached the U.K. Top Ten with the follow-ups "Ain't Got...
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