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Sheer Greed

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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jet
  • ASIN: B000007Z5I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Girl was around for three years. And their name was terrible. Better to have called themselves the cabbage people than 'girl'. The music is good though , tight late seventies/1980 metal. Influenced by Kiss , angel, ufo and other acts of the era. The lead singer would go on to become the lead singer of L.A. Guns and the guitarist would join def leppard in a year or so after this one. This is good melodic metal from a bunch of young guys who were mostly younger than 20. the whole name and makeup thing didn't help them though. But for those of us who heard them and enjoyed this type of metal, we had to grab this one. It's got a cover a kiss song on here. if only they had done some other kind of makeup! But other bands of the era took notice because you don't get into to successful bands if you suck. This has no bonus tracks on it but it's hard to find now sadly. they put out two other releases before disbanding and two live cd's came out in the 00's. This one went to number 33 on the uk. charts and a similiar number overseas. But their next two didn't go very far.
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Girl are best remembered these days due to the presence in their ranks of Phil Collen, who late ended up in Def Leppard.

Signed to Jet in '79, I remember them well from the UK rock press, largely because of their makeup and slightly fey looks/clothes/makeup. While the theory is that they wanted to be Britain's New York Dolls, Girl were more of a straight-ahead rock act, borderline heavy metal, so they were more like Finland's Hanoi Rocks. Girl never sound like the Dolls on this, their debut, but do have much in common with the likes of UFO/softer Van Halen.

However, Girl were, in their more interesting moments, more clearly influenced by Japan, the post-Glam pre-New Romantic act that charted big time circa 81-83 (once trends and audiences caught up with them). Girl have admitted this in interviews, saying how much they liked Japan - who for their first two albums were dual-guitar driven but with prominent keyboards and the highly unusual and brilliant bassist Mick Karn ensuring they sounded like no one else.. Girl have recounted how they hung out in the same mightclub as Japan, were on nodding if not speaking terms with their idols and how they stood at the front of venues watching Japan when they supported Blue Oyster Cult. Although a large number of BOC fans gave the occasionally funky, extremely effeminate and made-up Japan a hard time, I've read accounts on BOC websites from fans saying how good Japan were live and how intelligent and interesting they were.
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HASH(0x994c2f18) out of 5 stars Sheer Greed 15 Jan. 2001
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The delicate Strawberries and Passing Clouds with a slightly funky Little Miss Anne, they just don't make records like this anymore. In the days of post punk there was Girl and Hanoi Rocks keeping the flag flying. While the follow up Wasted Youth is a little slicker this album is arguably the best glam record of the early 80's and went on to inspire many sunset strip hair bands. Less cheesy than P.Colins work with Def Lep this is UK Glam meets Areosmith or the Stones. If you like this album why not check out singer Phil Lewis's work with Torme, Filthy Lucre or his more recent solo recordings "More Purple Than Black" and Acess Denied (also as the Liberators).
Had the timing and recod company been right this band would have been bigger than GnR.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99644a50) out of 5 stars Old school glam rock at it's finest 18 Nov. 1998
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Before the glam image became feminine and the songs became "party-with-my-baby-on-a-Saturday-night", there was Girl. Five guys that looked great (think Sweet minus the platforms and crazy clothes) with the musical muscle to back it up. The music fused elements of Bowie with the afore-mentioned Sweet while played in the alleyways of London town. Great glam rock that still holds up today!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x994c2660) out of 5 stars Boys giving Girl a good name. 16 Aug. 2007
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I remember listening to Girl some time back,and it was great to listen to the foundations of sleaze in it's embryonic state.
I would advise music lover's that time and the obscurity of these releases make them way to expensive for anyone who is not already a fully committed fan of the group or this style of music in it's infancy.
I also think they are a great story in that members of this band all moved on to new things.
In the case of Phil Collen whether you enjoy Def Leppard or not he took a quantum leap,and even in Girl his guitar skill is an obvious highlight.
Phil Lewis with L.A Guns really took the sleaze route but it is the early albums with this outfit that are really worth hearing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99ae0060) out of 5 stars Wasted Youth 15 Jan. 2001
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Through the Twilight, Sweet Kids, Nice and Nasty and Heartbreak America are those hard hitting rock tracks like those that are often found on Areosmith records. Injected with UK glam and a slight punk element Girl were one of the pioneers of what became known as Sleaze. Fans of the first record may also with to track down Gerry Laffy's Money & the Magic and singer Philip Lewis in Torme, Filthy Lucre and L.A Guns.
Take Me dancing and Old Dogs remain among my favourite all time songs.
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HASH(0x999c450c) out of 5 stars Well, I love it... 28 Oct. 1998
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Glammy, Glammier, Glammiest! Good songwriting, good sound (including the guy from Def Leppard back when he had tone!) great image! The only drawback (and I think it's a relatively cool thing) is how Philip Lewis sounds a LOT like a younger David Bowie, especially on Heartbreak America. Oh yeah, other notable tracks include My Number and Hollywood Tease. Think New York Dolls with more substance.
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