Originally signed to former Animal/managing legend Chas Chandler's Barn label in 1977, this bleach-blonde quartet visually resembled the Police, with a fourth member who wore an eye patch à la Johnny Kidd (of the Pirates). Strange, indeed. Musically, this was real, honest-to-goodness punk rock and not some label-manufactured punk cash-in. What mattered most was the music, and the Depressions' certainly had both bark and bite. Their 1978 self-titled debut album was filled with edgy, stripped-down rock & roll similar to early Stranglers minus the keyboards ("Family Planning" could've been on No More Heroes). "Screw Ya," "Chains & Leather," "Messing With Your Heart," and "Radio Trash" immediately clicked with the listeners, with many of these tracks becoming live favorites. Hard and heavy, as opposed to fast and furious, the Depressions wrote simple, catchy songs that were fun to chant along to, if nothing else. There are moments when the songs tended to blend together, but those moments certainly were few and far between. With a twin guitar attack and a muscular rhythm section, the Depressions were the real deal, although the general public didn't take to them and they eventually shortened their name to the DPs, and then sadly disappeared from view. This CD, courtesy of the fine folks at Captain Oi, contains the debut album in its entirety plus ten bonus tracks of equal quality, including the excellent non-album single "Living on Dreams."
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Schnee