The Chiswick Story

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
You could call Chiswick Stiff's poorer brother and, to an extent, you'd be right, but it gets the time line slightly wrong. Chiswick actually beat Stiff to the starting gate, releasing the Count Bishops' rip-roaring "Route 66"/"Teenage Letter" in November of 1975. Seven months later, they had the first single from Joe Strummer's 101ers -- the infectious "Keys to Your Heart" -- then followed it up with the updated glam scuzz of Gorillas' "She's My Gal," neatly establishing an old-time rock & roll aesthetic the label never shook. Caught at the crossroads between pub rock and punk rock, Chiswick initially seemed like trailblazers, but they were soon ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
You could call Chiswick Stiff's poorer brother and, to an extent, you'd be right, but it gets the time line slightly wrong. Chiswick actually beat Stiff to the starting gate, releasing the Count Bishops' rip-roaring "Route 66"/"Teenage Letter" in November of 1975. Seven months later, they had the first single from Joe Strummer's 101ers -- the infectious "Keys to Your Heart" -- then followed it up with the updated glam scuzz of Gorillas' "She's My Gal," neatly establishing an old-time rock & roll aesthetic the label never shook. Caught at the crossroads between pub rock and punk rock, Chiswick initially seemed like trailblazers, but they were soon overshadowed by Stiff, who joyfully played fast and loose with the rules, leading to arguably the first British punk single in the Damned's "New Rose." The Damned later signed to Chiswick but by the time the group's "Smash It Up" turned into a Top 40 hit in 1979, Chiswick had long since established itself as an oddity yo-yoing between odes to oldies, and stilted reconciliations with new wave. All this is chronicled on Ace's 2013 update of the 1992 compilation The Chiswick Story, which tells the tale from that first Count Bishops 7" to Jakko's "Grab What You Can" from 1982. Chiswick shuttered not long after that Jakko single, by which point it had been a long, long time since they were a driving force in British rock but, as this generous 51-track collection proves, they built up a nice catalog. True, there's a sneaking nostalgia for the years before the Beatles -- most prominent in Rocky Sharpe & the Replays, a persistent presence throughout Chiswick's story, and a band that toward the end of their run started to sound like a British Sha-Na-Na -- and the label's attempts at synthesized pop were gangly, but that's part of the Chiswick charm: after two years of blazing glory, they settled into a British eccentricity that remains endearing, if slightly bewildering, all these years later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/1994
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667410021
  • Catalog Number: 100
  • Sales rank: 146,583

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Route 66 (2:54)
  2. 2 Teenage Letter (2:22)
  3. 3 Keys to Your Heart (3:42)
  4. 4 She's My Gal (2:50)
  5. 5 Train Train (3:18)
  6. 6 Drip Drop - Rocky Sharpe (2:17)
  7. 7 I'm Crying (3:12)
  8. 8 Gorilla Got Me (3:13)
  9. 9 Dirty Pictures (2:51)
  10. 10 Television Screen (1:51)
  11. 11 Motorhead (3:10)
  12. 12 I Wanna Be Freed - Rings (2:50)
  13. 13 No One (2:47)
  14. 14 I Want You to Dance with Me - Jeff Hill (2:12)
  15. 15 No Russians in Russia (2:52)
  16. 16 Common Truth - Amazorblades (2:06)
  17. 17 Saints and Sinners - Johnny & the Self Abusers (1:51)
  18. 18 Nervous Wreck (1:59)
  19. 19 Hang Loose (I've Gotta Rock) - Whirlwind (2:29)
  20. 20 Darling, Let's Have Another Baby (2:48)
  21. 21 Million Dollar Hero (3:28)
  22. 22 Cosmonaut - Riff Raff (1:27)
  23. 23 I Want Candy - The Count Bishops (2:27)
  24. 24 Gay Boys in Bondage (4:58)
  25. 25 I Only Wish (That I'd Been Told) - Whirlwind (2:58)
  26. 26 Little Queenie (3:28)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rama Lama Ding Dong (2:21)
  2. 2 Driver's Seat (3:41)
  3. 3 Hey Baby (2:47)
  4. 4 I Couldn't Help But Cry (3:27)
  5. 5 The Real Me (3:07)
  6. 6 Imagination (2:39)
  7. 7 Automobile - The Stick Shifts (1:50)
  8. 8 Love Song (2:04)
  9. 9 Smash It Up (2:54)
  10. 10 Gabrielle (3:35)
  11. 11 Heaven Knows - Whirlwind (2:16)
  12. 12 That Driving Beat (2:37)
  13. 13 I Can't Fight It - The Textones (3:11)
  14. 14 The Dancing Years (4:07)
  15. 15 Albania (Are You All Mine) (2:36)
  16. 16 Tomahawk Cruise (4:24)
  17. 17 Tennessee Stud (4:08)
  18. 18 Radioactive Kid - The Meteors (1:43)
  19. 19 Go Go Go (4:09)
  20. 20 Insufficient Data (3:25)
  21. 21 Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Rocky Sharpe (2:49)
  22. 22 Kwagayo (3:13)
  23. 23 Heart (2:46)
  24. 24 Desire - Roddy Radiation (3:37)
  25. 25 Grab What You Can (Biez Co Mozesz) - Jakko (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe "Guitar" Hughes Bass
Roger Williams Drums
Billy Bragg Guitar, Vocals
Motörhead Track Performer
Paul Simon Drums
Joe Strummer Guitar, Vocals
Rhino 39 Guitar
Captain Sensible Guitar, Vocals
Disguise Track Performer
Flasher Bass, Bass Guitar
Gorillas Track Performer
Little Bob Story Track Performer
Phil Lynott Bass
Noel McCalla Background Vocals
Johnny Moped Vocals
The Nips Track Performer
The 101'ers Track Performer
The Radiators Track Performer
Radio Stars Track Performer
Red Beans & Rice Track Performer
Paul Roberts Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Rocky Sharpe Vocals
Slik Vocals
Twink Vocals
Loz Netto Guitar
Sniff 'n' the Tears Track Performer
Carla Olson Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Michael Lewis Guitar
Keith Miller Synthesizer
Gary Anderson Drums
Robert Ash Keyboards
Paul Balbi Drums
Ben Barson Piano
Fred Berk Bass
Chris Birkin Bass
Charlie Burchill Guitar
Howie Casey Saxophone
Clem Cattini Drums
Philip Chevron Guitar, Vocals
"Fast" Eddie Clarke Guitar
Jon Clarke Linn
Ray Cooper Bass
Pete Davies Drums
Pete Davis Drums
Nigel Dixon Guitar, Vocals
Richard Dudanski Drums
Mick Dyche Guitar
Stuart Elliot Drums
Andy Ellison Vocals
Ted Emmett Trumpet
Chris Emo Bass
Alan Feldman Electric Piano
Griff Fender Vocals
Graham Foster Guitar
Barbara Gaskin Background Vocals
Martin Gordon Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Steve Gregory Saxophone
Guy Gremy Guitar
Grinny Drums
Dominique Guillon Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Guitar Guitar, Vocals
Andy Hamilton Saxophone
Phil Hardy Drums
DeLisle Harper Bass
Jesse Hector Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Hill Guitar, Vocals
Peter Holidai Guitar, Vocals
Jakko M. Jakszyk Guitar, Balalaika, Keyboards, Vocals
Dan Kelleher Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Jim Kerr Vocals
Rob Keyloch Guitar, Vocals
Rod Latter Drums
Lemmy Bass, Vocals
Steve Lewins Bass
Shane MacGowan Vocals
Ian MacLeod Guitar
Paddy Moloney uillean pipes
Ben Mandelson Violin
Brian McGee Drums
Jim McKenna Bass
Mark Megaray Bass, Background Vocals
John Milarky Guitar
Jim Nellis Background Vocals
Ruan O'Lochlainn Bass, Saxophone
Mike Paice Harmonica, Saxophone
Nick Parker Violin
Steve Parry Drums
Bob Piazza Vocals
Ed Poole Bass
David Provost Bass, Piano
Dominique "Mino" Quertier Drums, Vocals
Roddy Radiation Guitar, Vocals
Chris Rae Guitar
Nico Ramsden Guitar
Steve Rapid Vocals
Larry "Rhino" Rheinhart Guitar
Tommy Riley Drums
Luigi Salvoni Drums
Rat Scabies Drums
Peter Scott Guitar, Vocals
Dave Sinclair Drums
Slim Keyboards
TV Smith Vocals
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor Drums
Dave Tice Vocals
Clive Timperley Guitar, Vocals
Gary Twigg Bass
Kathy Valentine Guitar, Vocals
Dave Vanian Vocals
Algy Ward Bass
Mel Wesson Keyboards
Annie Whitehead Trombone
Wiggy Guitar
Nigel Wilkinson Drums
Pete Wingfield Piano, Vocals
Terry Woods Vocals
Shane Bradley Bass
Gavin Douglas Guitar
Dave Berk Drums
Alan Lee Shaw Guitar, Vocals
Slimy Toad Guitar
Rocky Sharpe & the Replays Track Performer
TV Smith's Explorers Track Performer
Zenon de Fleur Guitar, Vocals
P. Paul Fenech Guitar, Vocals
Bill Glancy Guitar, Vocals
Dave Kerr-Clemenson Bass
Johnnie Kilometer Drums
Pat McMullan Bass
Dusty McSheffrey Bass
Art Noveau Guitar, Vocals
Alan Scully Drums
Mike Spenser Harp, Vocals
Johnny Stud Saxophone, Vocals
Gus Campbell Guitar, Vocals
Ron Griffin Drums
Scott Sterling Vocals
Blackbeard Lelan Bass
Alan Offer Bass
Andy Hamilton Saxophone
Alan Butler Bass
Joe Hughes Bass
Markus Cuff Percussion, Drums
Bob Strain Guitar, Drums
Two Two Track Performer
Felix Ray Bass
Paddy Maloney uillean pipes
Tony Donald Bass
Erik Russell Guitar
Colin Stoner Bass
K.Y. McKay Vocals
Bubbles Drums
S.D.R. Gol'fish Keyboards, Vocals
Jimmy Crashe Drums
Steve Harris Drums
Mark Robertson Drums
Dave Anian Vocals
Nick Ash Keyboards
Big Den Bass (Vocal), Saxophone
Lavern Brown Vocals
Mark Byers Guitar
Jeff Coleman Guitar
Mandy Doubt Vocals
R. Handley Drums, Vocals
Nigel Lewis Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
The Damned Producer
Elton John Composer
Motörhead Contributor
Prince Composer
The Textones Contributor
Albania Producer
The Count Bishops Producer
The Drug Addix Producer
Lesley Duncan Composer
Gorillas Contributor
John "Speedy" Keen Producer
Little Bob Story Contributor
Phil Lynott Producer
Ernie Maresca Composer
Johnny Moped Contributor
Tom Newman Producer
The Nips Contributor
The 101'ers Contributor
Radio Stars Contributor
Rings Contributor
Mike Vernon Producer
Whirlwind Producer
Sniff 'n' the Tears Contributor
Tom Doherty Producer
Roger Armstrong Producer, Liner Notes
Robert Ash Producer
Billie Holiday Producer
Stan Brennan Producer
Wally Brill Producer, Engineer
Johnny Burke Composer
Madonna Composer
Alvin Clarke Engineer
Jon Clarke Contributor
Jack Conrad Composer
Gary Edwards Engineer
Andy Ellison Producer
Martin Gordon Producer
Jeremy Green Engineer, Remixing
Roger Harris Producer
Peter Holidai Composer
Ed Hollis Producer
Jakko M. Jakszyk Arranger, Contributor
Dan Kelleher Producer
Nick Lowe Producer
Gary Lyons Producer, Engineer
Shane MacGowan Composer
Vic Maile Engineer
Paddy Moloney Contributor
Ruan O'Lochlainn Producer
Bill Price Remixing
Neil Richmond Engineer
Mike Robinson Engineer
Luigi Salvoni Producer
Adam Skeaping Engineer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Stuart Taylor Producer
Pete Thomas Horn Arrangements
James Van Heusen Composer
Tony Visconti Producer
T. Samuel White Producer
Pete Wingfield Producer
Terry Woods Contributor
Hans Zimmer Producer
Bishops Producer
Adam Kidron Producer
Keith Rowley Producer
Rocky Sharpe & the Razors Producer
Rocky Sharpe & the Replays Contributor
TV Smith's Explorers Contributor
Johnny & the Self Abusers Producer
Zenon de Fleur Composer
A. Bludgeon Engineer
Baz Bowdidge Producer
Doug Smith Producer
The Meteors Producer
Simon Bradley Composer
Two Two Contributor
Doug Smith Producer
Thomas Bogdany Composer
Amazorblades Contributor
Mark Byers Composer
Steve Runkle Composer
Pamela Philips Composer
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