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5.0 out of 5 stars The best punk album you've never heard...
The Boys are a classic example of a great band who made just a couple of crucial wrong turns in their career that prevented them being up there with the Pistols as leading lights of the pop-punk scene. Their debut album bears this out superbly, opening with the brilliantly mock-malevolent "Sick On You" ("if I'm gonna have a puke, you betcha life I'll puke on you!")...
Published on 25 Mar. 2003

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2.0 out of 5 stars Tumble for 2 minutes and that is your lot
Nostalgia don't you just love it?

One of the best punk albums ever made? No, not in reality. The band existing before this, Hollywood Brats were back-combed tousled head and shoulders above this badly produced punk cash in.

Viewing the Boys supporting the Ramones in 79 provided access to their second album, more varied and textured. The Boys are...
Published on 21 Mar. 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best punk album you've never heard..., 25 Mar. 2003
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This review is from: The Boys (Audio CD)
The Boys are a classic example of a great band who made just a couple of crucial wrong turns in their career that prevented them being up there with the Pistols as leading lights of the pop-punk scene. Their debut album bears this out superbly, opening with the brilliantly mock-malevolent "Sick On You" ("if I'm gonna have a puke, you betcha life I'll puke on you!") followed by a power-chord thrashing of the Beatles' "I Call Your Name". From there on, the tunes just keep on coming - "Tumble With Me", "Tonight", the brilliant "I Don't Care", "Box Number", "Cop Cars", "Keep Running", "Livin' In The City" - classics each and every one of 'em. This is surely one of the best punk albums around and any self-respecting music fan should own a copy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tumble for 2 minutes and that is your lot, 21 Mar. 2010
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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Nostalgia don't you just love it?

One of the best punk albums ever made? No, not in reality. The band existing before this, Hollywood Brats were back-combed tousled head and shoulders above this badly produced punk cash in.

Viewing the Boys supporting the Ramones in 79 provided access to their second album, more varied and textured. The Boys are frivolous, frothy power pop, similar to the Rezillos but nowhere near as good. Their album is Raw Power compared to this badly produce neut rock.

Play it next to the Damned and the snotty boys of punk jump out with a surge of electric speed. Not as pretty as Generation X, not as subversive as X Ray Spex and without the tunes of the Buzzcocks, it lies limp. Slaughter and the Dogs is a far more vicious album and nearer to the Americans, Ramones, Dolls, Cramps in style and substance, although they careered off into heavy metal. This even has a Beatles cover, yeuchh.

They sit alongside the Lurkers and Vibrators as ramalama Ramones, without the punch drunk stupidity cartoon surrealism, slackjaw pose to everything deemed righteous. Singalonga cop cars in the city, in the city... in the city is the best track.. The Boys never transcended the punk genre they inhabited briefly.

If you get the time to listen to Hollywood Brats CD, preceding this album is worth the chase. Glam punk Dolls with a dash of Bowie and a zip of the Ig. If you are a completest this is worth a spin at the Punk Rock 77 Party, but it won't change your life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut from one of the punk originals, 2 April 2013
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This review is from: The Boys (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
One of the UK's first punk bands The Boys never had the commercial success of the likes of the Clash ot Pistols but time has been very kind to them cos their songs sound as fresh as ever. From opener Sick on you originally recorded by band member Cas steels first band the Hollywood Brats this is a punk classic and many other songs follow in that punk/rock and roll vein, their singing was always much more melodic than that of the other bands around that time. some great songs on here, The first 2 singles I Don't care and First Time should have been hits, First Time is one of the best punk songs up there surely with Teenage Kicks
Guitarts/singer Matt Dangerfield has done a great job of remastering and theres an extra CD of various songs in demo, or the single versions and a great booklet telling you the story of this band. Definitly an album that stands up well with time.
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