5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Solid punk album - Never heard before and better than anticipated,
This review is from: Teenage Warning (Audio CD)
This review is for: Teenage Warning Angelic Upstarts (Captain Oi!)
I'm coming to this album as a fresh listener in 2012. I've never heard it before and I'm not a fan of the group particularly. I have eclectic tastes and I like good music regardless of the genre. I'm gradually upgrading my old vinyl to CD and I have just one Angelic Upstarts 7" single in my collection ("I'm An Upstart" b/w "Leave Me Alone") and before buying this CD I'd not heard any of their other songs. I always liked both sides of this single and this appears to be the only CD that includes "Leave Me Alone", so this is the sole reason for my purchase. I'm not keen on a lot of swearing in songs and "Leave Me Alone" contains some `F-words', but in this case it isn't done for effect to be cool or outrageous, it's just natural and fits the track perfectly.
I didn't expect to want to listen to a whole album, because this is not the usual type of music that appeals to me. But, the rest isn't the foul-mouthed angry album I was expecting at all and I surprisingly found myself listening to the whole album and thoroughly enjoying it. "Leave Me Alone" is the only track with the 'F-words', some of the rest has angry moments as you'd expect. I played the album loud and at one point I had a feeling like my Dad was going to shout at me to turn this racket down (that must be a throwback memory because I no longer live with my Dad! - He probably objected to "I'm An Upstart" at full blast back in the day though).
After listening to this CD, I vaguely remembered there being some Angelic Upstarts tracks on a compilation CD I've got called "Zonophone Records - The Complete Punk Singles Collection (The Zonophone Punk Singles Collection)" (another purchase I bought to upgrade one 7" single!), so I dug that out and found there are 6 Angelic Upstarts singles on there and they are all good too. So apart from one single, this is a group that had passed me by, but a fresh listen in 2012 and this music still stands up today, so I may be investigating further.
This is the 4th "Captain Oi!" CD i have bought and I'm really pleased with the care and attention to detail. Adding the bonus single versions is something I think is essential with these type of releases, because often they are quite a bit different to the album versions.
"Captain Oi!", Mensi and the boys can all have 5 stars.