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Album Review

Were the Vibrators real punks? Maybe not, but then again, were the Stranglers? Or Eddie and the Hot Rods? Even more to the point, was Steve Jones? Plenty of rock careerists jumped onto the punk/new wave bandwagon in the wake of the Sex Pistols' success (and more than a few folks, like Jones, stumbled into the new movement by accident), but unlike most of them, the Vibrators took to the fast/loud/stripped down thing like ducks to water, and both Knox (aka Ian Carnarchan) and Pat Collier had a genius for writing short, punchy songs with sneering melody lines and gutsy guitar breaks. If the Vibrators were into punk as a musical rather than a sociopolitical movement, it's obvious that they liked the music very much, and on that level their debut album stands the test of time quite well. Pure Mania boasts a bit more polish (and less politics) than many of the albums from punk's first graduating class (such as Damned Damned Damned or The Clash), but if you're looking for a strong, satisfying shot of chugging four-square punk, cue up "Yeah Yeah Yeah," "No Heart," "Petrol," or "Wrecked on You" and you'll be thrown into a gleeful pogo frenzy. Maybe Pure Mania isn't purist's punk, but it's pure rock & roll, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Customer Reviews

Nothing "live" here

Do not hesitate to get this, it's the original album. I have no idea what the "(Live)" designation is all about. These versions are the same as my 30 year old LP.


One for a desert island. This album has been underrated for decades and never fails to impress. The Vibrators may never actually have been as good as this album suggests, but nevertheless it's a work of genius. The so-called (Live) tracks are decidedly not live, they are the studio originals, bizarrely mislabelled, so purists need not worry.

Pure Mania

This is a great album if you like it young loud and a bit snooty. I've owned this record for almost 30 years now, and to me this is quintessential punk rock. I'm not qure sure where this idea came from that punk had to be political. Goodness knows the Ramones and the Heartbreakers weren't. But let's not get lost on specifics "Into the Future" is as fine an anthem as the Jam's "In the City." And if you want a punk song about being young and being in love, "Petrol" will serve you well, as will "Wrecked on You," and the somewhat softer Sweet, Sweet Heart. Whether intentional or not "You Broke My Heart" completes the song cycle and sends you back to 1977 with a good not to 1965. Go ahead buy the whole album. Sure you haven't heard all the songs, but the band's energy carries the day


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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Pure Mania, The Vibrators
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Punk
  • Released: 1977

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