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5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the Rough, 12 Aug. 2002
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This review is from: Basically: Studio Recordings/Live at the Roundhouse 19th Feb '78 (Audio CD)
And they don't come much rougher - but any old punk, or anyone who loves punk should have this album. I have treasured my vinyl copy since its release, and now at last here it is on CD complete with the legendary "starting a moped" demo, plus live at the Roundhouse. It's a hodge-podge of classic rock 'n' roll, thrash, and pseudo-psychedelia, with the occasional quite subtle bit (the instrumental bit in "maniac" springs to mind). But, buried in the mayhem are some great songs - it's not everyone that can boast that they've had a song covered by Kirsty MacColl (bless her).
On paper, this album has everything going against it; tinny production, messy, , even the sleeve (well, let's face it, with the possible exception of the Cardiacs, they're probably the least "cool" looking band ever photographed) but...
in the heady early days of punk, anything went, there weren't any rules until the fashion pundits latched on and "punk" became hog-tied by the same sort of rules and regulations that governed all fashion. There are thousands of bands that would love to be as "punk" as this - and of course, the harder they try the less "punk" they get!
Rant over; so here you have some great speed-punk pogo-ers, like (in order) "No-one", "Panic Button", "Wee-wee", "Wild breed", "Hell Razor" and "Incendiary device" - and any punk band would be proud to have written even one of those - freely mixed with the classic rockers "Something Else" and "Little Queenie" (sung in a strangled falsetto voice for some reason, but that's Johnny Moped for you), the atmospheric "3D time" and "Maniac", and the downright strange, like the "Mystery Track" (the story behind that is almost worth the money) and "It Really Digs". Most of the tracks appear twice; once in their studio version and once as a live or demo version, but despite that, the album contains enough energy and diversity that the repetition doesn't matter - I've not once taken the CD off halfway through and the album has, once again after a great many years, made it to the top of my playlist!
Mind you, I still can't decide whether "Harold Wilson, and Edward Heath - make me feel like a piece of cake" ("Wee-wee")is a piece of astute political commentary or not...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Basically it doesn't get more basic than this., 28 May 2000
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This review is from: Basically: Studio Recordings/Live at the Roundhouse 19th Feb '78 (Audio CD)
If you like your music to be rough around the edges then you will find this to be both entertaining and value for money. As well as a good selection of studio recordings this CD also features a great live set. Although there only appears to be about twelve people in the audience, they still receive an encore. Any band that perform a song called 'Wee wee' have my vote.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for lovers of early punk with sense of humour., 12 April 2000
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This review is from: Basically: Studio Recordings/Live at the Roundhouse 19th Feb '78 (Audio CD)
Excellent value at 79 minutes long.A good band that did not take themselves too seriously. After all, who else could dedicate 2:20 mins to talking about mopeds while revving one up. The rest is mainly good bouncing around stuff. Peely was right to give them plenty of airtime in their prime.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Bloody Genius, 2 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Basically: Studio Recordings/Live at the Roundhouse 19th Feb '78 (Audio CD)
I've loved this album since it first came out back in the 70s. Yeh, it sounds tinny as ****. Johnny Moped himself bellows out the songs with all the finesse of an old drunk in a pub. But it doesn't take itself seriously. It'll get you pogoing all over the room. I sing along to it at the top of my voice in the car wearing a suit going to business meetings.

The live tracks show that they really were a tight little band and the great Slimey Todd was a brilliant guitarist. (This is a band that threw out Chrissy Hynde in favour of someone called Slimey Toad!!!!) Any band that can write a line like "Scraping off me acne cause I gotta have a meal" gets my vote any day. In a perfect world "Darling, Let's Have Another Baby" would have been number one for weeks.

If you like seventies UK punk, you should own this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic punk from Ye Olde Punk Daze!!!!, 6 Nov. 2006
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This review is from: Basically: Studio Recordings/Live at the Roundhouse 19th Feb '78 (Audio CD)
A long time favourite of mine, is Johnny Moped. I never saw the man or his unruly bunch of merrymen playing live back in ye olde Punk Days, but everything I have ever heard from them since '77 has found a place in my heart. Great stuff, funny, raw, angry, weird punk/pub/psychedelic rock. Great riffs, weird but great lyrics, excellent band. Very English, very excentric, CLASSIC!!! And hey, it features Captain Sensible!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Basically: Studio Recordings/Live at the Roundhouse 19th Feb '78 (Audio CD)
Great album
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