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Original Pirate Material [Explicit Lyrics]

The Streets Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: 679 RECORDINGS
  • ASIN: B00005V696
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Turn The Page 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Has It Come To This? (Original Mix) 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Let's Push Things Forward 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sharp Darts 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Same Old Thing 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Geezers Need Excitement 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. It's Too Late 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Too Much Brandy 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Don't Mug Yourself 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Who Got The Funk? 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Irony Of It All 3:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Weak Become Heroes 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Who Dares Wins0:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Stay Positive 6:15£0.99  Buy MP3 

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In a thrilling UK Garage scene, blighted only by a reliance on drippy soul cliché and tiresome braggadocio, The Streets' eminently quotable Mike Skinner may just be the voice to take it to the next level with Original Pirate Material. This debut is a staggeringly eloquent and fearlessly honest snapshot of gritty street-level existence, as experienced by an ordinary bloke. At first listen, the Birmingham-born Skinner's cheeky cockney affectations grate slightly. But for every line that makes you squirm, there's 20 that drop your jaw. "Has It Come To This?" is "A day in the life of a geezer", a seductive encapsulation of London lifestyle, presented raw as a bootleg, but bulging with sharp wit and feverish detail. "Stay Positive" weaves a fearful tale of heroin addiction, Skinner sneering "I ain't no preaching fucker/ An' I ain't no do-goodie-goodie either/ This is when shit goes pear-shaped". And "The Irony of It All" presents a beguiling case for legalisation, presenting a fictional exchange between a beered-up, self-righteous lager lout and a fey student weed enthusiast. Original Pirate Material is a milestone, the real voice of British youth set down on record. Don't miss this.--Louis Pattison

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THE STREETS Original Pirate Material (2002 UK 14-track CD album - This is one of the best debut albums released from the UK in years. Taking the UK garage scene adding wicked humour style and intelligence. Feels like being dumped on a dark street on a Tuesday morning with a confused feeling of having had a fantastic weekend!)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece 16 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
Had heard a lot of good things about this album but, at the time, was a committed indie fan so didn't really take much notice of the hype, then i actually heard the album. Every track on this album is great, from turn the page to stay positive, with the stand out tracks being the magnificent weak become heroes and the under-rated its too late. The main attraction of this album is that it speaks to everyone and everyone can relate to what mike skinner is saying in these songs, from indie fans who woul never go near this type of music, to dance fans who will like the beats in songs like weak become heroes and has it come to this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and I hate garage! 29 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Just like some of the other reviews, I intensly dislike garage - the music and life behind it all. But this album is sheer genius. In one sentence Mike Skinner can sum up more about teenage life in (South) London than So Solid could in a whole album. Every record is intelligent, thought through and well delivered. And in the case of "The Irony of It All", also extremely amusing in places.
Ignore the barriers of what style of music you would normally buy and go and get this album today.
Mike Skinner is best at summing up his own work: "Brace yourself, cos this goes deep," "This ain't your archetypal street sound," and "I excel in content and deliverance." He's right on all three.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In response to the poor bub from manchester, 4 Oct 2004
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Format:Audio CD
What you should have said is, "if you ONLY like rap and hip-hop" do not buy this, yet I still disagree with that more acurate request. I love alot of different styles of hip hop and really dig this album. And it's not just because it is so different and unique, and I'm not some elitest who only considers underground independent music any good. This is simply an excellent album. The production matches the vocals, and alot of hip hop albums lack such agreement. And the lyrics are refreshingly straight forward, with no fluff. Many hip hop heads today only consider a rapper's use of big words and clever wordplay and then call the ensuing stream of obscurity poetry. I too appreciate this style but it is far from any good poetry ive read lately, which isn't accomplished through the use of awkward unfamiliar wording but rather a culmination of subtleties who's list is to lengthy to go over here. My point is Skinner touches on many of these aspects. And lastly my favorite quality of this album is Mike Skinner's cadence, completely original and highly infectious. So in closing, please disregard above negative reviews, hell, ignore this one if you like,(reviews are hard to make anything but subjective) but i can leave you with this, if you consider yourself one who has a truly ecletic taste, this album is definitely worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine contender for album of the year... 19 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
Original Pirate Material - quite literally a serious contender for the greatest album this year. From start to finish, this modernist realist genre of poetry set to some brilliant garage beats is encapsulating. I feel as though I am insulting Mike Skinner when I compare him to Eminem, but this album is a breath of fresh air to the UK dance scene, much in the same way Eminem was to US rap culture. Do not be put off by this album being branded UK Garage; this is worlds away from "They Don't Know" by So Solid. This is genuine emerging raw talent. In my opinion, a great album is not a collection of great tracks, infact I'd struggle to name a track which stands out for me on this album. Perhaps Skinner himself makes my point more succinctly when he describes "let's push things forward" as a "movement" rather than a track. This is a complete work made up of smaller parts, rather than vice versa. Whether a UK Garage enthusiast or not, I would challenge anybody to defy the genius of this work. Everybody knows that the future of dance music always comes from the streets. Now the future of dance music is The Streets. A major talent has arrived.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This aint no pirate material 26 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD after listening to some of his tracks and then came here and read some reviews, which gently persuaded me to get it. Thank god i did, this is a great album, there are some great lyrics on it not forgetting the background beats.
The thing I like about this album is the great variety of tracks, they have all individually got something to offer and theres a range of different genres, so theres something for everyone
Skinners lyrics make this album, its just pure originality and pure genius - GET IT.
I think what's so attractive is that the lyrics ring true for many people and most people can relate to a lot of what he's saying
To summarise a great album, if u are thinking of getting it do, the only thing I would say is that if you are easily offended perhaps steer clear as some of the lyrics can be a bit crude
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has It Come To This? Why, yes it has 12 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'Original Pirate Material' is NOT a CD that you're going to adore the very first time you listen to it. When I first heard my older brother playing it non-stop I couldn't actually have hated it more. However I then started to like one song, then another, and another, until it was me who was listening to it non-stop. 'Original Pirate Material' is an album that grows on you as you listen to it more, so don't be suprised if you despise it a first like me. Now it is definately one of my favourite albums ever and I believe that literally there is not a bad song on it. 'Turn the Page' is an amazing track to begin the album with, brilliantly introducing Mike Skinner's unique stlye of music, and every song from then on is a masterpiece in itself, all the way through to 'Stay Poisitve'. This isn't an easy listening album, you really have to listen to the excellent poetic words in each & every song. My personal favourite tracks on the album are 'Turn the Page', 'Let's Push Things Foward', 'Same Old Thing' and 'Stay Postive'. But then there's the hilarious 'The Irony of it All' an 'Too Much Brandy' and the dark yet meaningful 'Weak Become Heroes' and the classice 'Don't Mug Yourself'. The problem is you really cant pick out any favourite tracks as they are all fantastic. You have to buy this album, you really do. Go on, you know you want to.
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