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EDITORS’ NOTES

For fans of old school British punk rock, The Best of the Vibrators is just as essential as a pair of Doc Martens boots. Sequenced non-chronologically, the compilation blasts off with “Automatic Lover” from the trio’s 1978 sophomore album V2 — it proved to be their first hit and landed them an appearance on Top Of the Pops. “Whips and Furs” from their 1977 debut album Pure Mania is so catchy, melodic and neatly produced that, by today’s standards, it would be categorized as power pop. “Baby Baby” from the same album is just as accessible. It serves as a perfect example of what punk rock was like before Margaret Thatcher’s conservative economic policy gave English punks something to rail against in 1979 (in much the same way that Ronald Reagan served as the anti-muse for many early-‘80s American punk bands). But the advent of disco gave all ‘70s punks a spitting target, as evidenced by the hilarious “Disco In Moscow.” With hyperactive rhythms and pogo-friendly guitars, “Judy Says (Knock You In the Head)” is a true punk standout.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For fans of old school British punk rock, The Best of the Vibrators is just as essential as a pair of Doc Martens boots. Sequenced non-chronologically, the compilation blasts off with “Automatic Lover” from the trio’s 1978 sophomore album V2 — it proved to be their first hit and landed them an appearance on Top Of the Pops. “Whips and Furs” from their 1977 debut album Pure Mania is so catchy, melodic and neatly produced that, by today’s standards, it would be categorized as power pop. “Baby Baby” from the same album is just as accessible. It serves as a perfect example of what punk rock was like before Margaret Thatcher’s conservative economic policy gave English punks something to rail against in 1979 (in much the same way that Ronald Reagan served as the anti-muse for many early-‘80s American punk bands). But the advent of disco gave all ‘70s punks a spitting target, as evidenced by the hilarious “Disco In Moscow.” With hyperactive rhythms and pogo-friendly guitars, “Judy Says (Knock You In the Head)” is a true punk standout.

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About The Vibrators

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 released the LPs Guilty and Alaska 127.

The original lineup of Ian Conochan, Pat Collier, John Ellis, and Eddie the Drummer was hit again with more turnover during the 1980s and 1990s. By the time of the band's 20th anniversary, Mikcie Owen (guitar), Mark Duncan (bass), Nigel Bennet (guitar), Darrell Bath (guitar), and Nick Peckham (bass) had all been associated with the Vibrators. In 1999, the more stable three-piece lineup of the band made their way across America with fellow punk veterans the Misfits, the Exploited, and the U.K. Subs.

While most of their albums in the 1980s and 1990s were overlooked, the early catalog was enough to keep them fueled for more than 20 years. The Vibrators released a live collection and a rarities disc in 1999 on Gig records. ~ Chris True

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