The Boys [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Although they were swiftly overtaken by the emergence of a custom-crafted power pop movement, for much of 1977-1978 the Boys reigned supreme in the bright and breezy bubble punk stakes, simply churning out a succession of two-to-three-minute gems that flooded not only their albums and singles, but also the realms of the alter-ego Yobs. Patently influenced by the Ramones but readily avoiding the most obvious traps by virtue of their own understanding of what made a pop song tick, the Boys' first two singles, "I Don't Care" and "The First Time," remain period classics, while their debut album, September 1977's The Boys, went on to nibble the U.K. Top 50 at a time when such ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Although they were swiftly overtaken by the emergence of a custom-crafted power pop movement, for much of 1977-1978 the Boys reigned supreme in the bright and breezy bubble punk stakes, simply churning out a succession of two-to-three-minute gems that flooded not only their albums and singles, but also the realms of the alter-ego Yobs. Patently influenced by the Ramones but readily avoiding the most obvious traps by virtue of their own understanding of what made a pop song tick, the Boys' first two singles, "I Don't Care" and "The First Time," remain period classics, while their debut album, September 1977's The Boys, went on to nibble the U.K. Top 50 at a time when such glories were still a rare achievement. Tightly scything guitars, sharply embroidered keyboards, and Kid Reid's contagiously imploring vocals dominate the proceedings, a relentlessly crisp buzzsaw whine that is as melodic as it is fast and as irresistibly singalong as it is either. Time, the enemy of so many punk-era artifacts, hasn't dented the album's pleasures; indeed, it might even have heightened them, as a direct line of descent to the modern likes of Green Day is revealed in living neon. [2013's reissue on Fire is the definitive document of the album as it includes new mastering, plus a second disc of live versions, singles, alt takes and their holiday single done under the name the Yobs.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/16/2013
  • Label: Fire Records
  • UPC: 809236128522
  • Catalog Number: 285
  • Sales rank: 124,878

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sick On You (1:54)
  2. 2 I Call Your Name (2:12)
  3. 3 Tumble With Me (1:57)
  4. 4 Tonight (1:28)
  5. 5 I Don't Care (2:13)
  6. 6 Soda Pressing (2:35)
  7. 7 No Money (1:49)
  8. 8 First Time (2:22)
  9. 9 Box Numbers (2:36)
  10. 10 Kiss Like a Nun (2:06)
  11. 11 Cop Cars (2:03)
  12. 12 Keep Running (1:47)
  13. 13 Tenement Kids (1:36)
  14. 14 Living In the City (2:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Tumble With Me (2:56)
  2. 2 It Only Hurts When I Cry (3:42)
  3. 3 I Dont Care (2:34)
  4. 4 Soda Pressing (2:48)
  5. 5 First Time (2:58)
  6. 6 Watcha Gonna Do (1:58)
  7. 7 Turning Grey (2:18)
  8. 8 Run Run Rudolph - The Yobs (2:29)
  9. 9 Worm Song - The Yobs (1:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Boys Primary Artist
Andrew Matheson Vocals
Matt Dangerfield Guitar, Vocals
Honest John Plain Guitar, Vocals
Kid Reid Bass, Vocals
Casino Steel Piano, Vocals
Jack Black Drums
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Matt Dangerfield Producer
Dave Henderson Liner Notes
Alan O'Duffy Producer
Casino Steel Producer
The Yobs Arranger
Barney Bubbles Sleeve Design
Traditional Composer
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