All the Young Droogs: 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks, Rock 'N' Glam (And a Flavour of Bu

All the Young Droogs: 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks, Rock 'N' Glam (And a Flavour of Bu

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Overview

Beyond Bowie and T. Rex, past chart-toppers like Mud and the Sweet, even buried below bands like Kenny and Hello, there was a bubbling underground of goofy, glammy, and hooky rock & roll being played by bands in the U.K. during the '70s. Most of them were forgotten if they were ever known in the first place, lost to junk shops, bargain bins, and boot sales. The music was too good to be left in the dustbin forever, though, and early-2000s compilations like Velvet Tinmine, Glitterbest, and Boobs finally gave bands like the Jook, Crushed Butler, and the Plod their moment to shine. After that little blast of activity, the reissues dried up until the arrival of 2019's excellent All the Young Droogs: 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks, Rock'N'Glam (And a Flavour of Bubblegum) from the 70's. It's easily the equal of the earlier sets, sharing some bands and artists but digging up loads of dusty gems, too. The compilers (Phil King and Mark Stratford) split the three discs into separate themes, each of which was a main tributary to the glitter glam flood that filled the underground between 1971 and 1976. Tubthumpers and Hellraisers collects fun and frolicsome rockers that were delivered with a wink and a smile. Many of the bands are influenced by the Sweet and like them combine the same whomping hard rock attack with a sticky-sweet (and slightly silly) bubblegum feel to come up with danceable, singalong-ready tunes. Hector's "Bye Bye Bad Days" sounds like kiddie Sweet, Hot Rod's "I Want You (All Night Long)" adds some yearning bubble-soul to the mix, the One Hit Wonders' "Hey Hey Jump Now" is a ridiculous cheer rocker, and the Jets' "Yeah!" is a synthy stomper. The quotient of hits to misses is very high and it says something that the biggest name here -- Mott the Hoople -- delivers only about the tenth best song. Rock Off! delves into the side of glam that was more likely to be denim clad than sporting a feather boa. It's made up of beery boogie rockers, blasts of proto-punk, some concrete heavy slabs of hard rock, and a bit of energetic pub rock. Iggy & the Stooges make an appearance with their wiry "I Got a Right," but most of the bands aren't that wild or wooly. Or dangerous. Mostly they come across like goof-offs and wannabe tough guys, and that makes for way more fun. Tracks like the Brats' "Be a Man," Milk 'N' Cookies' "Wok 'N' Roll" or Slowload's really dumb "Big Boobs Boogie" are not the work of serious musicians; nobody here comes close to saying anything profound or important, nobody is super skilled at their instrument, and most of the singers are still looking for the right pitch. If that sounds like a bad thing, perhaps look elsewhere for musical kicks. Elegance & Decadence doesn't much rock at all; it focuses more on the space ballads, off-kilter cabaret explorations, and sophisticated anti-pop that trailed in the wake of Bowie and Roxy Music. Most of the songs here are seriously weird and made by artists reaching for some kind of sophistication and drama they can't quite reach. The difference between reach and grasp makes for fascinating listening. A track like Paul St John's "Starship Lover" is such a goofy take on Bowie's extraterrestrial sound that it shouldn't work at all, but the quirks make it brilliant. Pick anyone from the track list and it'll be much the same. Brett Smiley's fragile music hall ditty "Abstracting Billy" or James Arthur Edwards' overblown '50s ballad "Pastiche Blue" or Brian Wells' super-dorky "Paper Party" are all too precious and silly by half, but they are works of oddball genius instead. By the time the disc finishes spinning, it's impossible not to be convinced that this is the best, most insane collection of glitter and glam ever committed to disc. When you add it to the other two discs in the set, it helps make All the Young Droogs an invaluable resource for aficionados of this very weird, very exciting period of music. The set is certainly the equal of the essential junk shop glam collections that have come before it, and the care and thought put into it might even make it better. Either way, fans of the sound and era should be glad that this sound is being dug up again.


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Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2019
Label: Cherry Red
UPC: 5013929554306
catalogNumber: 9554306
Rank: 7916

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Hey Sweety
  2. Working Class Man
  3. I Got a Right
  4. Wok 'N' Roll
  5. Hold On Tight
  6. Be a Man
  7. Lazy London Lady
  8. Lookin' for Love
  9. Big Boobs Boogie
  10. Lovely Lady Rock
  11. Teenage Love Affair
  12. I Like It Both Ways
  13. Brother John
  14. Don’t Let Go
  15. She’s Not My Lover
  16. Roxy Roller
  17. Boys Will Be Boys
  18. Get Outta My 'Ouse
  19. Machine
  20. Hard Road

Disc 2

  1. My Teenage Queen
  2. By Bye Bad Days
  3. Saturday Night
  4. Games Up
  5. Poser
  6. Sex Appeal
  7. Yeah!
  8. Lucifera
  9. Whizz Kid
  10. Little Boy Blue
  11. Zephyr
  12. I Want You (All Night Long)
  13. Lookin' for You
  14. Cut Loose
  15. Gimme Gimme Some Lovin' (Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'/Gimme Some Lovin')
  16. Dog Eats Dog
  17. Fast Train
  18. Hey Hey Jump Now
  19. Sweetness
  20. Let Me Tell Ya

Disc 3

  1. Abstracting Billy
  2. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  3. Criminal World
  4. White Stockings
  5. Spaceship Lover
  6. Ultrastar
  7. Star Machine
  8. Night Creatures
  9. New York City Pretty
  10. I Won’t Dance
  11. Don’t Leave Your Lover Lying Around
  12. Wonder Ones
  13. I Live in Style in Maida Vale
  14. Virginia Creeper
  15. Paper Party
  16. Waiting
  17. Showbiz Kid
  18. White Man, Black Man
  19. Pastiche Blue
  20. Daybreak

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Carl Nielsen   Composer
Rick Derringer   Composer
Ian Hunter   Composer
Steve Kilbey   Composer
Bill Nelson   Composer
Del Shannon   Producer
Steve Winwood   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Anthony Phillips   Composer
Roger Cook   Composer,Producer
Nick Gilder   Composer
Mike Hurst   Producer
Ian North   Composer
Spiders from Mars   Producer
Terry Stamp   Composer
Richard Strange   Composer
Cole Younger   Composer
Mike Leander   Producer
Daniel Boone   Composer,Producer
Peter Godwin   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jim Avery   Composer
Nigel Benjamin   Composer
Mike Berry   Composer,Producer
Wayne Bickerton   Composer,Producer
Dave Black   Composer
Mick Brassington   Composer
Gerry Bron   Producer
Duncan Browne   Composer
Ritchie Cordell   Composer
Richard DeBois   Composer,Producer
John Fenton   Producer
Roger Ferris   Producer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Pete Gage   Producer
Lynton Guest   Producer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Harpo   Composer
Jesse Hector   Composer,Producer
Clive Kennedy   Composer,Producer
Jonathan King   Composer,Producer
Ian Lees   Composer
Joey Levine   Composer
Paul Lynton   Composer,Producer
Kenny Lyon   Composer
Sean Lyons   Composer
David MacKay   Producer
Vic Maile   Producer
Pete McDonald   Composer
Ian McLintock   Producer
Tony Meehan   Producer
Mott the Hoople   Producer
Kieran O'Connor   Composer,Producer
Carlos Olms   Producer
Ray Owen   Composer
Bengt Palmers   Producer
Jeremy Paul   Composer
Graham Preskett   Producer
Martin Rushent   Composer,Producer
Peter Sames   Producer
Andy Scott   Composer,Producer
Roy Shipston   Composer
Ray Singer   Producer
John Springate   Composer
Nick Tauber   Producer
Harry Vanda   Producer
Tony Waddington   Composer,Producer
Muff Winwood   Composer,Producer
Scott Wolfe   Producer
Mick "Woody" Woodmansey   Composer
Phil Sampson   Producer
Mick Tucker   Producer
John Edward   Composer,Producer
Colin Owen   Composer
Chris Burnham   Composer
Joe Burnham   Composer
Joe Dignam   Composer
Sparky Donovan   Composer,Producer
Ken Murdoch   Composer,Producer
Bill Parkinson   Composer
Rick Rivets   Producer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Spencer Davis   Composer
James McCulloch   Composer
Neville Crozier   Composer
Gary Twinn   Composer
Ron Dickson   Composer
Eddie Seago   Composer
Brian Wells   Composer
Bill Clarke   Producer
Rob Fennah   Composer
Sleaze   Producer
Brett Smiley   Composer
John Bromley   Composer,Producer
Phil Chilton   Producer
Michael Robson   Artwork
John Howard   Composer
David Kassner   Producer
George Young   Composer,Producer
Steve Elgin   Composer
Keith Locke   Composer
Supernaut   Producer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Greg Robbins   Composer
Geoff Ward   Composer
Philip Mitchell   Composer
Glo Macari   Composer
Phil King   Concept
Dennis McKay   Producer
Brian Freshwater   Composer
Timothy Smith   Composer
Johannes Vandenberg   Composer
Kenneth Elliot   Composer,Producer
Laurie Marshall   Composer
Peter Bewley   Composer
Jimmy Edwards   Composer,Producer
Alastair Riddell   Composer,Producer
Roger P. Ferris   Composer
Magnus Thor Sigmundsson   Composer
Gerry Shephard   Composer
Roberto Banasiak   Composer
Stephen Fearn   Composer
Terence Sando   Composer
William Girling   Composer
Robert Ashong   Composer
Peter Leay   Composer
Colin Paterson   Composer
Dougie Kean   Composer
Steve Hanaghan   Composer
Johnny Moir   Composer
David Jeavons   Composer
Randall Murphy   Composer
Andy Doback   Producer
Alan Kirkham   Composer

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