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  • Audio CD (27 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B001UJSTQW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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THE DEVIANTS Ptooff ! CD

BBC Review

Think of England in 1967 and the chances are that images of people wearing flowers in their hair, Jimi Hendrix getting all experienced and the supporting cast on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's will psychedelically swirl into view.

But some railed against what they regarded as a media-spun exercise in perception management right off the bat. The Deviants, led by writer and cultural agent-provocateur, Mick Farren, not only saw dead-hand establishment as the enemy but flower power hippiedom as a dead end in itself.

They regarded both as equally dangerous to the counter-culture and to be avoided at all costs. Their debut album was initially self-produced, self-packaged and sold directly to punters as a means of bypassing 'The Man'. Ptooff! offered something that wasn't easily incorporated into 1967's homogeneous hallucination.

Gathering up spiky rock 'n' roll remnants along with shards of The Fugs, mutated Bo Diddley riffs, comic book cosmology, avant-garde tape loops suffused with polemics and left-over beat poetry, The Deviants hurled it all at a scene increasingly dominated more by commercialism than karma.

A suite of songs intercut with agitprop poetry, cut-price sci-fi, subliminal skits, sketches and skronking guitar, Ptooff! is a 35-minute manifesto standing against the wide-eyed drift of the day.

To describe the album as rough and ready is something of an understatement. Though musical skills improved over two further albums, Disposable (1968) and Three (1969), perversely this diluted their 'blunt weapon' appeal. The incendiary aspects of what The Deviants were trying to do were never as fiery or as full-blooded as on this first record.

A huge influence on the Pink Fairies and Hawkwind, these guys were proto-punk when Johnny Rotten was just a spotty-faced twelve year old. You don't find Ptooff! mentioned in those '1001 platters to play before you pop your clogs' books, but it should be. --Sid Smith

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Margrain on 3 Sept. 2010
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Alongside Pink Floyd, the Deviants were perhaps the most significant band of the British underground music scene of the 1960s. The Social Deviants were formed in 1966 by Mick Farren , a young militant who had been influenced by the satire of agit-prop Fugs. Farren was one of the leading counter-culture figures in London, a leading exponent of the White Panther UK, organizer and promoter of alternative nights at the UFO club, journalist and politician.

The Deviants' debut, 'Ptooff' (1967), is a fantasy of adolescent nightmares that achieves a balance between the aesthetic of trash-rock garage bands and social commentary. Farren's breathtaking gags imitate the songs of the 1920s, martial rhythms, odd riffs, falsetto, Zappa-style slapstick and the vomiting hallucinogenic blues such as the Pretty Things' riff-based 'Garbage' and the tribal and technological nightmare, 'Nothing Man'.

'Deviation Street' is the soundtrack of the underground, whilst the anthem 'I'm Coming Home' is a raw piece of proto-punk that predicted British new-wave by a decade. The Deviants sound was as daring as their politicization was complex. The Deviants approach represented a genuine challenge to the British political establishment of the era and their sound was one of the most influential in the entire history of British rock music.
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These are the sleeve notes I wrote for Angel Air's brand new release of the classic album, 'Ptooff!'. They give an insight into the scene at the time and the legendary Peter Shertser, one half of the 'the firm':

`Counterculture: A subculture whose values and norms of behaviour deviate from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural norms.'

The epitome of Sixties counterculture was an entertaining and enigmatic individual by the name of Peter Shertser.

Shertser was part of a group of radical free thinkers who went under the name of `the Firm'. The Firm was artistic, non-conformist and leftfield, undertaking random acts of mischief, as Peter explained to Jonathon Green for his book `Days in the Life, Voices from the English Underground 1961-1971':
"We used to enjoy a bit of wrecking. That started from fourteen or fifteen onwards. It was clever wrecking, not just vandalism. We'd cement a Hoover to a bath. Very Magritte influenced, Man Ray, and all that kind of thing, thinking about Bunuel films."

Peter's `partner in crime' was a creative young man by the name of Ian Sippen. Peter and Ian are colourfully described by Deviant's lead vocalist, Mick Farren in his memoir:

"Our staunch allies in combating the mod/skinhead problem were a motley bunch of Jewish East Londoners known as the Firm. The Firm were ex-mods themselves, but of the earlier, stylish variety whose twin dedications were music - primarily the blues - and creating chaos and mayhem wherever they went. Led by the dire duo Peter Shertser and Ian Sippen, the Firm had taken a bunch of acid but managed to retain a highly mutated version of the traditional mod vision...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By azteco on 15 April 2013
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acepto que este grupo me llamo la atenciön por la portada de comic pero al escuchar la música me enganche rápido, creo que en la decada de los 60's eran mas vanguardistas que ahora y aqui tienen una prueba de elloy aparte un combo divertido que más puedes pedir.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Classic 23 Sept. 2010
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Grunge was a creature of the 1990s. But turn that second 9 upside down and take this Deviants album, and you get the grunge of the 1960s.

Of course garage bands were plentiful in the 1960s, but the Deviant's took those blues and boogie riffs, and added a creepy dissonance. This didn't seem to come of an arty instinct: long before people came up with the Lo-Fi label, these proto punk art grungers were doing exactly that.

The guitar growl is not the same. but without modern compression and processing, this stuff feels even more raw and genuine than Nirvana or any of their Seattle cohorts. Why Velvet Underground are considered inventors and only a few sixties buffs know about the Deviants is beyond me.

But you gotta hear this.
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If you don't have a copy, your entire music collection is c**p. 2 July 2014
By Robert Levin - Published on Amazon.com
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The privileged few that bought 'Ptooff' from the adverts in International Times and OZ didn't know they would unwrap a package a fortnight later, containing a time machine that would rocket them clear into the next decade.
'Ptooff' is equal-parts menacing and hysterically funny. There are the slightly less interesting bits. 'Children Of The Sky' would have made a great single, although it probably would have fared as well in the charts as Tintern Abbey.. 'Bun' is a nice little solo electric guitar piece built upon the highly useful D major chord. OK. It's noodling. Pleasant in the way you might enjoy the sound of a mildly talented kid checking out the Squiers in your local music shop.
The harder stuff hits like...well.. the harder stuff. Bludgeoning tribal drums (liberally stolen from Bo Diddley), guitars that would make Cannibal Corpse fans shriek in terror and curl up into a foetal position under a coffee table. Mick Farren's voice was never in better form than on this album. His menacing snarl, comedy puking and viciously funny lyrics struck directly at the heart of both the underground and the establishment. Listen about four minutes into 'Garbage' to enjoy the Pink Floyd parody. Lampooning the London 'scene' as much as being part of it themselves effectively, mirrored what The Mothers were doing in good old El Lay.
'Deviation Street', the album closer, is more 'Private Eye' than Pepperland. "Wow! Just Like Jimi Hendrix!" spoken over a deliberately awful guitar solo and stoned pseudo-Eastern philosophy between mental trips to the UFO club and a teenybopper flavour of the week show. In fact, 'Private Eye' decided to shamelessly rip off a skit from this track for their 'Radio Gnome' flexidisc. (No relation to Gong, of course.)
If you haven't bought this disc yet, why? Why??!! The only way you can save yourself or a loved one is to click the 'Buy It Now' button.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great cd 1 Jan. 2011
By Joseph L. Kolb - Published on Amazon.com
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an esoteric remastered cd of the deviants first release. the deviants were heavily influenced by zappa (freak out/absolutely free), the stooges and the fugs. ptooff! is an influence from those bands. i know the band denigrated the two cord rees's songs (child of the sky and bun)and deleted them from a re-release, but the two ballads are very enjoyable and provide a balance to the rest of the recording. the instrumental "bun" could easily fit into the who's "tommy". the deviants combine the styles of punk, grunge, garage and avant garde all rolled into one. the critics and band alike were harsh on this release, but i like it a lot. very progessive for the year 1968 and most of the songs hold up even today.
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