The Vibrators

We Vibrate: The Best of the Vibrators

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The title is deceptive. Though all the best early Vibrators tracks do appear here, from "Baby Baby" to "London Girls," these are not the famous, original 1977-1978 zippy punk versions. Instead, these 16 tracks are made up of 1991 re-recordings, 1977 demos, and live renditions from a 1977 London Marquee gig. On the other hand, those who were searching for a real best-of probably already found one of the greatest-hits collections that have already emerged, such as 1980's Batteries Included (issued on import when they initially split) or the reissued original LPs: 1977's Pure Mania and 1978's V2. Thus, for the demos and live stuff, this disc is somewhat more valuable than another oldies collection (newcomers, don't start here). The demos are rough and ready, and the in-concert looks at the exceptional "I Need a Slave," "Stiff Little Fingers" (an early B-side from which the Irish greats took their name), and "Whips and Furs" make this a viable purchase. Vintage U.K. punk was rarely this fun, funny, amphetamine-silly, and riffing-perfect, and it comes back in these versions.

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