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What A Waster

3 Jun 2002 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Jun 2002
  • Label: Rough Trade
  • Copyright: 2002 Rough Trade Records Ltd
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  • ASIN: B001MW05FA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,825 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, the bad points. The Libertines have burst onto the scene in the last few months and have taken the British press, public and tradition by the scruff of the neck and pole-axed them all. Of course this is great, but they will not be around for long if we are to believe the nigh-on legendary stories emenating from Bethnal Green. This is the greatest of all tragedies because, at last, a full 2 years after Casablancas revealed the first glimpse of the skinny tie in a score of years, Britain has a reason to shout.
These four "chancers" have stormed onto the scene and written the finest debut single since 'Supersonic'. Yes, that's cliche, but the difference is in the sheer abandon in which the Libertines revel. Littered with obscenities, the tune may offend a great deal of people. Well, f**k em, that's punk rock was supposed to be in the first place. They say Oasis were the Sex-Beatles. Well, Libertines are the Oasis-Pistols. Or the Clash-Cocks. Or maybe just the Jam-Clash-wallop...
An absolute belter of a single is actually reinforced by their best song and album closer 'I Get Along'. This, especially live, captures every influence from the last 40 years of rock n roll in 3 bloodstained minutes. AND you can dance to it. Closer 'Mayday' is a chaotic end to a classic single; one minute of Dead Kennedies-esq carnage, and worth every second. It seems ironic that this single may predict the Libertines' own wayward career - ragged, punky start, classy, slick middle phase and, perhaps, the messy finale. Please, please; let's hope that doesn't come too soon.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jim on 18 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Libertines, a four piece from London, couldnt have arrrived on the scene at a better time. Stop looking to New York, Detroit or even Sweeden for the next big thing because they are right here in Britain.
"What a Waster" sounds like a mix of the best song The Jam didn't write and The Clash in punk mode with lyrics straight from the proper Rock'n'Roll streets of London. I Get Along is the more radio friendly of the two songs on the double A-side but is still a great tune. Track 3 Mayday lasts just over a minute but that minute is filled with quality punk rock which wouldn't have sounded out of place in 1977.
This is a great debut single from a band who have got plenty more where that came from.
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Lynas VINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2002
Format: Audio CD
Great fun. Sounding something like the Jam playing the Strokes with a touch of Madness thrown in, and a little bit of help from Ian Dury for the lyrics, What a Waster is a great breezy slice of punk-pop. They've got the attitude and the pub-rock mentality to be a genuine British competitor for the New York New Wave.
B-side I Get Along is fantastic too, very much in the same way. 3rd track Mayday is a snippet and much less interesting and fun.
Just watch out for the swearing, if that sort of thing bothers you. Otherwise - buy!!
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Smithson on 6 Jun 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ok Ill get the Strokes comparrison out of the way, undoubtedly the emergance of Noo Yawks finest has paved the way for bands liek the Libertines to break through and This London 4 piece fit the bill wonderfully... lyrics about a waster junkie, all English insults like "Divvy", skinnyleather-clad look, post-punk sound going on...what more do you want? As usual theres not a-lot of originality here, but look to electro music for that, this is pure rock 'n' roll. Maybe the bad language is a bit tacked on for extra shock value but it doesnt ruin things... a hot new prospect
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Libertines do Rancid doing The Jam doing The Who 1 July 2002
By John Gorlewski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm always a sucker for the latest Clash/Jam/Buzzcocks/Sham69 knockoff, and I say that with the most reverence.
I heard one verse of "What a Waster" at the record store, and I had to rush over to the Import bin to find it. These guys will be lumped in the new - Hives/Strokes/White Stripes group of driving guitar (Punk) Rock. No samples, no keyboards, no vocal modification, just head-pounding late 70's era-sounding punk rock.
The title track is a driving, foul-mouthed-yob's take on drug addiction. The feel of the song is definitely The Jam ("All Mod Cons")/Thin Lizzy guitars with vocal stylings that belie Joe Strummer, post dental work, for all of you in your late late-30's. Sounds like polished Rancid for you late 20's-year olds. Strokes, for the kids. Almost anthemic, except that there's no chorus to pump your fist to.
"I Get Along" sounds like a Strokes (nee Buzzcocks/Troggs) outtake. Poppy, driving.
Sorry for the old references. I grew up with the Clash and all. By all means, I do not mean the 3 stars to be bad. I highly suggest any fan of The Strokes and White Stripes to run right out and buy this CD. (Or order it on Amazon.) I would wait for the US release, and save a couple of bucks, though. I think that 5 stars should be reserved for "Blonde on Blonde," "London Calling," Stevie Wonder's "Innervisions," and the like.
After the 8-year(?) morass that has followed Kurt Cobain's suicide, this is the kind of music that makes rock-n-roll fresh and exciting again.
Buy this and play it at your 'nSync-loving sister. There's a little bit of an issue with expletives, so be carefull she doesn't tell your mom.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Glory That Might Have Been 1 April 2006
By Bill Dewey/Reclaiming Quarterly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The late, great Libertines might be the most important band of the past decade, based primarily on their amazing first album, Up the Bracket. This band had the charm of the early Beatles coupled with the drive of the Sex Pistols and the Clash (Mick Jones of the Clash produced much of their music).

What a Waster is not one of the more instantly accessible songs on the album -- but I Get Along is very catchy, and if this is your kind of music, Waster will grow on you.

Honestly, I'd pass up this single and get the Up the Bracket CD -- all this 3-song sampler will do is whet your appetite for more.
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