For a movement ruled by wholesale rejection of tradition, England’s New Wave class of ‘77 had no shortage of unabashedly pop-based groups dressed in punk clothing. Indeed, the era produced plenty of catchy tunes charged with raw guitar power, and London’s Vibrators were responsible for more than their share. Pure Mania, the quartet’s debut, is remarkably hummable, a brisk collection of well-constructed songs stripped down to their simplest elements and delivered in an urgent rush. Thanks to timeless melodic virtues and lyrics that ignore the scene’s wasted-youth, safety-pin culture (”Keep It Clean” actually takes a Just Say No stance), the durable and delightful Pure Mania is as much fun now as it was then. B
Pure Mania For a movement ruled by wholesale rejection of tradition, England's New Wave class of '77 had no shortage of unabashedly pop-based groups dressed in...Pure ManiaRock, Reissues For a movement ruled by wholesale rejection of tradition, England's New Wave class of '77 had no shortage of unabashedly pop-based groups dressed in...1991-03-15
Genre: Rock, Reissues
Posted March 15 1991 — 12:00 AM EST
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