Can't Stand the Rezillos: The (Almost) Complete Rezillos

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Can't Stand the Rezillos: The (Almost) Complete Rezillos Review

by Ned Raggett

The 1993 re-release of the Rezillos' sole album as such lives up to its name perfectly -- Can't Stand the Rezillos: The (Almost) Complete Rezillos is indeed almost the complete collection of work that the band officially released during its heyday-of-punk lifetime. As such it's an absolute killer, divided between the original Can't Stand the Rezillos album and the live Mission Accomplished album, along with both sides of the "Destination Venus"/"Mystery Action" single. Ira Robbins' detailed and appreciative band history also makes note of what's missing for completists' sakes -- the original recording of "I Can't Stand My Baby," a remake of the Beatles' "I Wanna Be Your Man," "20,000 Rezillos Under the Sea," and the single version of "Top of the Pops." There's one other excision -- the live "Destination Venus" had to be dropped from Mission Accomplished to fit everything else on the disc. But the end result really can't be argued with -- the remastering of the studio tracks is solid, the live tracks, while not recorded as clearly as they could have been, get shined up as best as they can. The bemusing killer touch is J Mascis's brief scrawl of appreciation -- if anything, he maintains his reputation for being as reticent in print as he is in real life (but his claim that this could be the best bass playing on the Sire label is probably accurate).

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 The Rezillos 02:50 Amazon
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The Rezillos 02:22 Amazon
3 The Rezillos 01:54 Amazon
4 The Rezillos 02:55 Amazon
5 The Rezillos 02:59 Amazon
6 The Rezillos 02:11 Amazon
7 The Rezillos 02:23 Amazon
8 The Rezillos 02:07 Amazon
9 The Rezillos 03:11 Amazon
10 The Rezillos 01:46 Amazon
11 The Rezillos 02:07 Amazon
12 The Rezillos 02:55 Amazon
13 The Rezillos 02:16 Amazon
14 The Rezillos 03:35 Amazon
15 The Rezillos 02:46 Amazon
16 The Rezillos 02:54 Amazon
17 The Rezillos 02:46 Amazon
18 The Rezillos 01:48 Amazon
19 The Rezillos 02:31 Amazon
20 The Rezillos 02:56 Amazon
21 The Rezillos 03:08 Amazon
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The Rezillos 02:15 Amazon
23 The Rezillos 02:14 Amazon
24 The Rezillos 01:49 Amazon
25 The Rezillos 03:11 Amazon
26 The Rezillos 02:01 Amazon
27 The Rezillos 04:47 Amazon
28 The Rezillos 03:20 Amazon
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