The Only Ones

Another Girl, Another Planet

Composed by Peter Perrett

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In a world rife with injustice, the music industry has seen -- if not perpetrated -- more than its fair share of travesties (the sad saga of Badfinger comes immediately to mind). But one of the biggest involves, arguably, the greatest rock single ever recorded: the Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet." The word "timeless" and "transcendent" get bandied about far too often when describing a song or an album, but in the case of "Another Girl," even those terms are probably inadequate. The song marks that rare confluence of lyrical, instrumental, and vocal poetry that is so complete, so absolute, that it renders everything else -- in, on, above, below, and around it -- irrelevant while it plays. While frontman Peter Perrett gets -- and deserves -- a lot of the credit for the song's majestic squalor, the song truly is a band effort. Released as a single off the band's formidable self-titled 1978 debut, it's a pitch-perfect fusion of Perrett's spectral vocals and doom-laden lyrics, John Perry's virtuosic guitar flights, and the rhythmic hyperdrive of drummer Mike Kellie and bassist Alan Mair. When Perrett sings "Always flirt with death/I'll get killed but I don't care about it/I can't face your threats/And stand up straight and tall and shout about it," the regret and despondency in his voice hang like dead flowers in the autumn rain. Yet Perry's soaring guitar is always there to carry the pain far enough away to keep the song aloft. Suddenly it's over, and the darkness that you felt dancing behind your back through the entire song now washes over you in waves of almost shivering despair. The effect, as is the case with most classic compositions, lingers far longer than the song itself. Foreshadowing the bad luck that would haunt the band throughout its brief existence, "Another Girl, Another Planet" failed to chart. After releasing two more studio albums -- 1979's Even Serpents Shine and 1980's Baby's Got a Gun -- the Only Ones disintegrated in a blur of drugs and acrimony. But their legacy didn't die quite as easily. Greg Kihn and alt-rock legends the Replacements both felt the transcendental pull of "Another Girl, Another Planet," covering the song and frequently including it in their live sets. The Only Ones may be gone, but their signature song soars above time, an eternal three minutes of pop perfection.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1977
Various Artists
Epic 2:59
The Only Ones 1978 Drastic Plastic Records
Special View 1979 Epic 3:02
No Image 1980
Various Artists
CBS Records
Peel Sessions 1989 Strange Fruit
Live in London 1990 Skyclad
The Immortal Story 1992 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 3:01
D.I.Y.: Teenage Kicks: UK Pop (1976-79) 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
Feast of the Mau Mau 1993
Various Artists
Mau Mau 2:55
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Virgin
The Big Sleep 1997 Freud/Jungle / Jungle 3:11
Punk Archives 1998
Various Artists
Big Eye Music 2:59
It's Punk Innit 2001
Various Artists
Jungle / Freud/Jungle 2:59
Complete Punk Collection: Cash from Chaos 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:00
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Me Without You [Original Soundtrack] 2002
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution / Epic/Sony/Legacy 3:00
New Wave Hits of the '70s & '80s 2002
Various Artists
Immediate / Sony Music Distribution 3:02
Punk: The Jubilee 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:01
No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 3:03
Top Gear 2003: The Greatest Driving Album This Year 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:01
Why Don't You Kill Yourself?: The CBS Recordings 2004 Edsel 3:02
Music from D.E.B.S. 2005
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 3:02
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony/Columbia
Jubilee: Punk, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:00
John Peel: Right Time Wrong Speed 2006
Various Artists
WMTV 2:59
Shake Some Action: 39 Alternative Classics 1976-1991 2006
Various Artists
Shock
Punk: F**k Art Let's Danse 2007
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:03
No. 1 Rock Album 2007
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:01
Rock Classics [Sony BMG] 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:01
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:02
Live at Shepherds Bush 2008 Cherry Red
I Love Papa 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 3:03
Great British Albums 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:02
100 Hits: Drivetime Anthems 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:02
100 Hits: 90s Essentials 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:02
Triple J: 40 Years of Music 2015
Various Artists
ABC 3:01
Punk: Classic 45s 2016
Various Artists
Demon
100 Hits: Rock Jukebox 2016
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon / Edsel
1978: A Time To Remember The Classic Years
Various Artists
The CD Card Company / Sony BMG 3:02
No More Heroes: 60 Punk & New Wave Anthems
Various Artists
USM Media 3:00
Original Album Classics Columbia / Sony Music
Superstar Seventies!
Various Artists
Sony Music
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