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Greatest Stiffs

Wreckless Eric Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B00005A122
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Whole Wide World 3:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Reconnez Cherie 3:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Semaphore Signals 2:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Take The Cash (K.A.S.H.) 3:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pop Song 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Personal Hygiene 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Tonight (Is My Night) 2:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hit And Miss Judy 4:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Walking On The Surface Of The Moon 3:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Veronica 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Let's Go To The Pictures 3:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wax Works 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Broken Doll 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Excuse Me 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. It'll Soon Be The Weekend 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Strange Towns 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I Wish It Would Rain 3:450.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Out Of The Blue 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Grown Ups 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Final Taxi 4:270.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Remember Wreckless Eric? Eric Goulden to his mum, Ian Dury's mate, the former Butlin's odd-job employee with the twisted nasal annunciation and the excitingly oddball take on pub rock & roll? You should. And if you don't, then it's not fair. Let Greatest Stiffs jog your memory. His short, sharp and chaotic tenure at Stiff Records (and there were some farcically "lubricated" live shows to go with it) begat two minor pop classics of the time, the it-should-have-been-a-hit "Whole Wide World" (actually, it was a hit, Number 46, which is close enough) and "Reconnez Cherie", every bit the teen-love equal of "Jilted John" with it's talk of late nights and clumsy experimental fumblings with French girls at bus stops. He had a great sense of humour--"The Final Taxi" ("There's only one destination in the final taxi") is actually about a hearse on the way to a funeral. And even when he got all "professional" and elocutionary on the "Big Smash" album he could still be good melodic value ("Broken Doll", for instance). Greatest Stiffs represents the definitive overview of Wreckless Eric's Stiff Records years. Furthermore, all the tracks have been remastered by the man himself. He must be very pleased. --Kevin Maidment

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stiff Stuff 17 Mar 2007
By Moz
Format:Audio CD
I watched a Stiff documentary on the telly, was suitably inmpressed and bought this and Ian Dury to make up my 15 for free delivery. I played the Dury first and was sooo disappointed; I was apprehensive about the Wreckless. I'd had a compilation out of the library many years ago, put it on cassette, played it a lot and then lost it as you do. I always remember it as being fun.

I wasn't at all disappointed with this though. It was great- better than I remembered. The new tracks just fitted right in. I've always thought 'Final Taxi', 'Surface of the Moon' and 'Whole Wide World' as being top songs. Okay, so this isn't Dylan or Bowie or anything but these are just great little observational pop songs - no pretention. It may not live in your disc player for ever but I guarantee a pleasant flirtation without any long term recriminations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true Pop Genius! 27 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The man they call Eric (mainly because that is his name) is an all too often forgotten genius, and some of the songs he has written are as near perfect pop as you're ever likely to hear. Witness: "Out of the Blue", "A Pop Song", "Broken Doll", "Whole Wide World", "I Wish It Would Rain", "Let's Go To The Pictures"... the list goes on.
This is truly wonderful stuff, and a fine reminder of some of the great - and all too often undervalued - acts that used to grace the Stiff Records label, and judging by Eric's performance at the Concorde II in Brighton, March 2001, the man's still got it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stiffed but still alive 5 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's amazing what time can do for a reputation. These days fondly remembered for epitomising the positive side of the punk ethic, Wreckless Eric not only struggled to sell records in what passes for his heyday but was also dismissed by the music press. There again, as a component of the Stiff package tour, he had stiff competition (ouch). Elvis Costello was IT in those days and taken seriously. Eric, by comparison, was the black sheep, the shambolic musical vagrant of the label. And with Ian Dury (his hero and there are similarities in style here and there) making rapid progress, Eric was some way down the pecking order. Even Nick Lowe and The Damned were making more headway.

But a friend of mine took the plunge and bought his second album. When he lent it to me I was pleasantly surprised. It was erratic but there were some gems. I kept listening in particular to 'The Final Taxi', strangely compelled by Eric's casual but pointed message about death. While those late 1970s albums were fitful, this CD gathers up the best of the material into one marvellous bonanza.

The first four tracks establish what made him worth listening to. Occasional later tracks, such as 'A Pop Song', sound a little more like other artists, a bit too straight. It's the ragged Eric who combs the seedy back streets of music while retaining a catchy melody and a sense of humour that works best. After 'A Pop Song', this contrast is most evident with 'Personal Hygiene' ('Who's that pimple in the mirror?'). Very wholesome. There are only a few tracks here that disappoint ('Waxworks' definitely and to a lesser extent 'Grown Ups' and 'Out Of The Blue'). Even the straighter stuff is commendable and the rest is superb.

A highly enjoyable collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time for a Revival 28 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In a age when everything old is new again, and everything new is a recycled oldie, it's time that someone rediscovered the true diamond of the early 80's new wave movement. Eric star briefly flashed on the horizon but for those of us who didn't blink, we saw a true (... oh forget it, this is just great pub rock, of the highest order - no true music collection can be without this CD).
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