Spitting Image

Spitting Image

by The StrypesThe Strypes

CD(Canadian Import)

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The Strypes started out as Dr. Feelgood wannabes back in 2013. Four years later on Spitting Image, the quartet has ditched the gritty blues-rock and slapped on skinny ties -- a transition that makes sense, since it took the U.K. four years to move from pub rock to new wave. The Strypes make no bones about their change in attitude, giving the cover to Spitting Image hip, bright colors vaguely reminiscent of Barney Bubbles' artwork for Stiff Records, copping the "Another Girl Another Planet" riff for "Turnin' My Back," and tipping their hat to the Buzzcocks by writing a song called "A Different Kind of Tension." Such explicit allusions are part of the fun of Spitting Image, which is easily the best new wave album of the new millennium. Part of the fun of Spitting Image is that the Strypes play with the enthusiasm of the newly converted; these might be old sounds, but the way they bash out the hooks, it's as if they've discovered them for the first time. The Strypes studiously avoid anything that's a bit too punky -- they're much more likely to settle into a bit of a funky groove reminiscent of Graham Parker & the Rumour or Elvis Costello when he was backed by Clover -- and that's their appeal: intentionally or not, they're celebrating the new wave pop sounds that have fallen out favor in the retro mania era. That's why Spitting Image works so well. It may be a throwback, but it's done for the love of the music, not the desire to be hip.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602557498202
catalogNumber: 5749820
Rank: 77553


  1. Behind Closed Doors
  2. Consequence
  3. (I Need a Break From) Holidays
  4. Grin and Bear It
  5. Easy Riding
  6. Great Expectations
  7. Garden of Eden
  8. A Different Kind of Tension
  9. Get It Over Quickly
  10. Turnin' My Back
  11. Black Shades Over Red Eyes
  12. Mama Give Me Order
  13. Oh Cruel World

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Strypes   Primary Artist
Ethan Johns   Percussion,Keyboards,Guitar (Tremolo)
Andrew Ross   Saxophone
Josh McClorey   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Ross Farrelly   Harmonica,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Evan Walsh   Drums,Keyboards,Group Member
Pete O'Hanlon   Harmonica,Bass Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Ethan Johns   Composer,Producer
Dominic Monks   Engineer
Rich Andrews   Art Direction
Strypes   Composer
Rob Benson   Images
Josh McClorey   Composer
Evan Walsh   Composer
Tom Van Schelven   Cover Photo
Pete O'Hanlon   Composer

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