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Editors’ Notes

Formed in Manchester, The Drones relocated to London just in time to be part of the first wave of 1977 U.K. punk. And this album sounds exactly like young punks getting their rock ’n’ roll kicks on at a still-tender age. Solidly recorded in 1977 by Simon Humphrey (The Clash, Talking Heads) at London's CBS Studios, Further Temptations slams with sturdy tuneage, mixing Ramones guitars and brawler hollers. “Sad So Sad,” “Lookalikes,” “City Drones,” “Persecution Complex," and “Lift Off the Bans” all should’ve taken the four-piece to greater heights. There’s also some droning experimentation (“The Underdog”), teen yearning (the great “Just Want to Be Me”), and anti-pop-star ramblings (“Bone Idol,” which made Mojo magazine’s list of top punk songs). Their “Be My Baby” might be the best punk cover of a ’60s tune (after “Walk on By” by The Stranglers), because it is, essentially, a hi-voltage punk-rock yawn toward old-school heroes like Phil Spector. The band’s Steve Lilywhite–produced final single (1980’s “Can’t See,” with Ellis from The Vibrators) is a bonus here, an interesting but failed final stab at chart success.

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