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A Double Headed Vibrator!!

Were the Vibrators real punks? Maybe not, but then again, were the Stranglers? Or Eddie and the Hot Rods? Even more to the point, was Steve Jones? Plenty of rock careerists jumped onto the punk/new wave bandwagon in the wake of the Sex Pistols' success (and more than a few folks, like Jones, stumbled into the new movement by accident), but unlike most of them, the Vibrators took to the fast/loud/stripped down thing like ducks to water, and both Knox (aka Ian Carnarchan) and Pat Collier had a genius for writing short, punchy songs with sneering melody lines and gutsy guitar breaks. If the Vibrators were into punk as a musical rather than a socio-political movement, it's obvious that they liked the music very much, and on that level their debut album stands the test of time quite well. Pure Mania boasts a bit more polish (and less politics) than many of the albums from punk's first graduating class (such as Damned Damned Damned or The Clash), but if you're looking for a strong, satisfying shot of chugging four-square punk, cue up "Yeah Yeah Yeah," "No Heart," "Petrol," or "Wrecked on You" and you'll be thrown into a gleeful pogo frenzy. Maybe Pure Mania isn't purist's punk, but it's pure rock & roll, and there's nothing wrong with that. 

As in their first album, V2 shows the Vibrators taking the driving energy of punk and applying it to songs that have a subtle, pop-like quality; while it does not have the wonderfully brash and itchy cohesiveness of Pure Mania; it's a solid album well worth hearing. The songs are mostly catchy and listenable, the lyrics are as capable as those in the group's previous release, and the arrangements have much more variety and colour than most punk records of the time do. "24 Hour People" sports Chuck Berry-style guitar licks and 1960s-derived backing vocals, "Public Enemy No. 1" and "Fall in Love" are less punky and more straightforward rockers, "Feel Alright" has a 1960s garage band-style chorus, and "Nazi Baby" audaciously adds strings to the fast, almost danceable music. The only really ineffective excursion on this album is "Troops of Tomorrow," a slow, menacing number that somehow gets too thick for its own good and is further marred by an excessively lengthy opening section.


Taken from the 2002 double CD Pure Mania + V2 to MP3 @ 320kbps

Pure Mania Track List 

1.       Into The Future… 
2.       Yeah Yeah Yeah 
3.       Sweet Sweet Heart 
4.       Keep It Clean 
5.       Baby Baby 
6.       No Heart 
7.       She’s Bringing You Down 
8.       Petrol 
9.       London Girls 
10.   You Broke My heart 
11.   Whips And Furs 
12.   Stiff Little Fingers 
13.   Wrecked On You 
14.   I Need A Slave 
15.   Bad Time 
16.   London Girls (Live) [*] 
17.   Shake Some Action [*] 

1.       Pure Mania
2.       Automatic Lover
3.       Flying Duck Theory
4.       Public Enemy No. 1
5.       Destroy
6.       Nazi Baby
7.       Wake Up
8.       Sulphate
9.       24 Hour People
10.   Fall in Love
11.   Feel Alright
12.   War Zone
13.   Troops of Tomorrow
14.   Judy Says (Knock You in the Head) [*]
15.   Automatic Lover (Single Version) [*]
16.   Rock The Kids [*]


  1. -= Faith Healer =-1 August 2015 at 14:52

    Great review! I think The EXPLOITED definitely considered them punk enough to cover TROOPS OF TOMORROW and turn it into one of the greatest Punk anthems of all time!!! Also, Stiff Little Fingers named themselves after the Vibrators song!

    Excellent upload!

    1. Thanks "Faith Healer". The Exploited definitely turned around Troops Of Tomorrow and made it the anthem of the 80's or second wave punk. In my defence, at the time of the V2 back in 1978 "Troops" didn't fit with everything else I was listening to (I was a tender 14 years old). All I wanted was UK Subs, The Clash, Sham 69, Penetration, and The Adverts to name a select few. Life was simple, and "Troops" was oh so very complicated...

  2. -= Faith Healer =-2 August 2015 at 17:11

    Totally understand! The original is definitely a little more mellow than Exploited's version, and it definitely stood out more on an Exploited record! all great bands you mentioned above by the way .... I was very much into the same bands at the time with a heavy focus on Street Punk like The Business, Angelic Upstarts, Stiff Little Fingers, CRASS, etc.

    Great site!!!

    1. Thanks again Faith Healer, all great bands you mention there as well. I hope I keep you interested in the future posts.