Friday, January 22, 2010

Stiff Records - The Last Compilation...Until the Next One

This is a solid collection of pop off London's Stiff Records, a promo copy of the 1980 compilation that somehow neglected to list Lene Lovich on its tracklisting. Shame. Anyway, this features a spirited yet toned-down cover of Gene Pitney's "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," the first single from all-lady post-punk group the Mo-dettes, and an admittedly dated pop track from Any Trouble, who released a new record on Stiff most recently in 2007, just a year after the label got back up and running. Also featured is Wreckless Eric, who re-signed to Stiff in the last couple of years with his wife, Amy Rigby, and who remains perhaps my favorite artist on the label (really now, who can resist the sloppy charm of "Reconnez Cherie" or "Brain Thieves?").

It'd be a crime to not give mention to the liner notes, credited as such:
Potted biographies 'n' puerile blather knocked out at incredible speed on a dodgy typewriter by Tony Rounce

Rounce himself says, of compilation closer "Smash It Up":

We've used the version from their wonderful Chiswick album 'Machine Gun Etiquette' here - it's twice as long as the single, and twice as much fun!!!

So true! Perhaps more entertaining is his note about the Mo-dettes, though, of whom he predicts:

(1)The Mo-dettes will make many more great records...
(2)Their bank balances will improve drastically as a result...

No, I don't believe his instinct was spot on. But the Mo-dettes could knock out a catchy tune.

Side A

Dexy's Midnight Runners - Dance Stance
Lew Lewis Reformer - Win or Lose
The Cure - Jumping Someone Else's Train
Madness - Bed and Breakfast Man
Any Trouble - The Hurt
The Mo-dettes - White Mice
John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett - The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Lene Lovich - I Think We're Alone Now

Side B
A. More - Judy Get Down
Lori and the Chameleons - Touch
Wreckless Eric - Hit and Miss Judy
The Chords - Maybe Tomorrow
John Cooper Clarke - Evidently Chickentown
Motorhead - No Class
Cockney Rejects - Flares 'N' Slippers
The Damned - Smash It Up


FiL said...

And remember: If it ain't Stiff, it ain't worth a...

Sara Conrad said...

I still have that album & my "if it ain't Stiff, it ain't worth a Fuck" button.

and I still consider myself a punk rocker!

China said...

Oh, that makes me so happy to hear. This comp is definitely one of those reliable go-tos when you're not sure what you're in the mood for, I find...