"Punk Gunslinger, mod soul boy, the hip kids' Sinatra and, just maybe,
Greatest Living Englishman, Vic Godard is proof that God loves us and
wants us to be happy. This double-CD compilation shows the full extent
of Godard's gift.The Subway Sect's 1978 single 'Ambition' is nervy Rock
'n' Roll spray-painted with sophisticated soul. They then played on their
backs at an Yves St. Laurent party in Paris and no-one could touch them.
During his career, Godard shunned monotony and bandwagon-jumping in favour
of innovation. He merged Northern Soul with firebrand guitars, post-war
swing with big band; he did it first and this is your chance to hear it
done best. In terms of blazing creativity and purity of intent, Godard's
only contemporary rival was Kevin Rowland. Godard's latter-day material,
however, burns brightly and confirms his status as one of the greats."
"Vic Godard finally gets the compilation he deserves; a 2-CD 45-track
trawl through some of the most wilfully eclectic and melodic back pages
of the post-punk era. Tantalising glimpses of the shelved 1978 Sect LP
reveal how much of a loss that great band's demise was."
"Combining a ferocious oppositional stance with twitchy neurotic power
and attritional monotone dirges, Godard's songs captured the spirit of
the [punk era] as well as their more celebrated peers. Though the singles,
'Ambition' and 'Nobody's Scared', were instantly revered, their first
album was never released (Rhodes sacked the band). [Tracks] released here
for the first time confirm Godard's seminal power.
is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy"
1: Stop That Girl.
2: The Water Was Bad.
3: Exit No Return.
4: Make Me Sad.
5: Devil's in League with You.
6: No Style.
7: Swing Gently.
8: Be Your Age.
9: Hey Now I'm in Love.
10: Chain Smoking.
12: Miss Sadie.
13: In the Shadow of Your Ego.
14: Won't Turn Back.
15: One Step.
16: Common Thief.
17: Won't Turn Back (Dennis Bovell Dub)
18: Wayward Biro.
19: End of the Surrey People.
20: Nasty Man (Live at the LSE).
21: Nobody's Scared
20 Odd Years
- 44 tracks and over 2 1/2 hours long- spans the years from 1977 to the
present day. It features Vic's personal choice of the finest tracks from
his entire catalogue, along with rare and demo versions of songs old and
new. Also, for the first time, there are four tracks from the legendary
'lost' 1977 punk album (six if you include the songs that were released-
Ambition and Rock And Roll Even). To round off the collection there are
newly recorded songs, including Wayward Biro and Nasty Man plus at long
last a finished version of 'The Place We Used To Live', co-written by
the late Mathew Ashman.
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