Right to Be Italian [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Rev. Keith A. Gordon
It's only fitting that Holly Beth Vincent of Holly & the Italians would eventually make a record with Joey Ramone the pair revisiting "I Got You Babe" on a 1982 single. In many ways, Vincent could have passed for Ramone's younger sister or maybe a kissing cousin. The Right to Be Italian providing the kind of three-chord punk-pop cheap thrills that Joey created with the Ramones. Vincent reinvents the '60s girl-group aesthetic with a snotty attitude and smoldering sexuality, her voice perfect for this sort of material, deep and throaty and uniquely endearing much like Ramone's. Vincent's lyrics are a whip-smart mix of goofy punk nihilism, high-school romance, and...
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All Music Guide - Rev. Keith A. Gordon
It's only fitting that Holly Beth Vincent of Holly & the Italians would eventually make a record with Joey Ramone the pair revisiting "I Got You Babe" on a 1982 single. In many ways, Vincent could have passed for Ramone's younger sister or maybe a kissing cousin. The Right to Be Italian providing the kind of three-chord punk-pop cheap thrills that Joey created with the Ramones. Vincent reinvents the '60s girl-group aesthetic with a snotty attitude and smoldering sexuality, her voice perfect for this sort of material, deep and throaty and uniquely endearing much like Ramone's. Vincent's lyrics are a whip-smart mix of goofy punk nihilism, high-school romance, and pop-culture references, delivered with all the subtlety of a scorned girlfriend. Written during the band's lengthy tour of the U.K., "I Wanna Go Home" is an ode to the fast-food joints and all-night stores of America, a big drumbeat and great harmonies supporting fond memories of the "land of opportunity." Vincent's hard rock riffs drive "Youth Coup," her lyrics mixing John Lennon's "you say you want a revolution?" with the Stones' "Satisfaction" in a play on teenage angst, frustration, and boredom. The album's first single, the Brill Building-styled ballad "Miles Away," was written by bassist Mark Sidgwick and offers some of Vincent's most compelling vocals, the song's subtle construction requiring a greater range of emotion on the part of the singer. A remake of the Chiffons' "Just for Tonight" is spot-on with swelling musical crescendos and soulful vocals while "Means to a Den" is an edgy '60s-styled rocker with psychedelic studio gimmickry and a garage rock vibe. "Tell That Girl to Shut Up" is Vincent's shining moment of glory, however. It's the song that got the band signed, a three-minute slice of pop
ock perfection that should have been a hit and did hit later for Transvision Vamp, Wendy James a pale copy of the vibrant Ms. Vincent. With just the perfect balance of vulnerability and self-righteous anger, an ultracool chorus, and a timeless, time-tested beat behind the lyrics, "Tell That Girl to Shut Up" is one of the great lost singles of rock music. The 2002 CD reissue of The Right to Be Italian includes a handful of bonus tracks. A spare radio edit of "Miles Away" was released as an early single, backed by the feedback-drenched, melodic "It's Only Me." "Fanzine" opens with the tinkling of a music box before crashing into a muscular reply to amateur rock criticism that could have been a monster college radio hit. "Poster Boy," a Trouser Press magazine giveaway, is a funny throwaway rocker with tongue-in-check lyrics, a cheese-grater riff, and Ronnie Spector-styled vocals. A spiritual godmother to distaff rockers like the Donnas or the Eyeliners, Vincent would never again make music as innocent, stylized and outright fun as she did on The Right to Be Italian.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2002
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140735927
  • Catalog Number: 7359

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Wanna Go Home (3:57)
  2. 2 Rock Against Romance (5:41)
  3. 3 Youth Coup (2:43)
  4. 4 Just Young (5:24)
  5. 5 Miles Away (3:40)
  6. 6 Tell That Girl to Shut Up (3:01)
  7. 7 Just for Tonight (2:39)
  8. 8 Do You Say Love (3:16)
  9. 9 Baby Gets It All (3:16)
  10. 10 Means to a Den (3:30)
  11. 11 Fanzine (2:58)
  12. 12 It's Only Me (2:16)
  13. 13 Poster Boy (2:27)
  14. 14 Miles Away (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Holly & the Italians Primary Artist
Steve Young Vocals
Jerry Harrison Synthesizer
Ellie Greenwich Vocals
Anton Fig Drums
Paul Schaffer Organ, Piano (Grand)
Mark Sidgwick Guitar, Electric Bass, Vocals
Uptown Horns Brass
Holly Beth Vincent Guitar, Vocals
Torrie Zito Conductor
Mike Osborn Percussion, Drums, Vocals, African Drums
Steve Young Drums
Technical Credits
John Brand Remixing
Lynn Goldsmith Cover Photo
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Mark Sidgwick Contributor
Torrie Zito String Arrangements
Thom Pananzio Engineer
Thom Pananzio Engineer
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