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When this album came out in 1977, the average age of The Vibrators was around 28, which, according to their U.K. punk rock brethren, made them too old. But listening now, it’s hard to imagine this band being dismissed by other punks for any reason other than envy. The rat-a-tat rockers alone (“She’s Bringing You Down,” “Wrecked on You,” “No Heart,” “Petrol,” “Bad Time”) have enough spit-polish and guts to lift them above most of their English contemporaries. What’s more, the band incorporates killer bits of rock history without sounding punk turncoat. There’s sped-up pub rock (“London Girls”), unwashed glam with appropriate Brit accents (“Keep It Clean”), and dirtball R&B (“Stiff Little Fingers,” whose title inspired the name for the popular Irish punk band). There’s even a badass ballad (“Baby, Baby”) that’s pure British Invasion but would’ve fit swimmingly on The Ramones’ Road to Ruin or End of the Century albums. Even with the occasional silly come-on (“He drives a black Cadillac/Whips and furs in the back”), Pure Mania is among the greatest punk albums of all time.

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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 UK punk acts, reformation was in the cards. The original lineup came back together in 1982 and...
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