I wanted to hear Don't You Want Me by The Human League so I put went to the YouTube and had a listen to the song. In the other video column was the full album Can't Stand The Rezillos by the Edinburgh based punk band The Rezillos. It's their only studio album and it was released in 1978. I remember hearing this record album a good bit when it was new. Two or three people had it, besides me, and played it in their rotation. Everyone had a slightly different taste in music, of the people I knew back in the 1970's, and they had different ways of rotating through their music collections. Now I hardly know as many people and it would be rare to talk to them about music. Other than a, "Oh, I like that one!"
I was always picking up something new so the competition was fierce for turntable time. An album had to put out or get out. I usually had a stack of stuff near the turntable that I was currently listening too. That stack would change. It would get unmanageable. So some albums had to get put away, mixed into the shelves that held the bulk of my records, and some had to go on the stack of discs that would be going back to the record store. Sad for them. Like movies, I believe songs have a certain number of plays before a person retires them permanently, often it's only one. Then there were albums that were played everyday for months on end, or the ones that were spun every week for several years. I bet I've heard Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello more than 200 times and I'd probably be low in my guess. I bet people have studied how people collect and listen to music. I would go look on the internet but all I'd find is 47 million hits on the change in the mechanics of music listening. You know, records to Cd's to MP3s. It's probably better that I go to bed soon.
The Rezillos sound is punk yet poppy. It's fast and fun. The musicians and singers are all good. Nothing earth shattering here. A good solid album that could be enjoyed several times. I might not want to hear it again for a while but that's just my rotation.
1. Flying Saucer Attack
3. Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight
4. Top of the Pops
5. 2000 A.D.
6. It Gets Me
7. I Can't Stand My Baby
8. Glad All Over
9. (My Baby Does) Good Sculptures
10. I Like It
11. Getting Me Down
12. Cold Wars
13. Bad Guy Reaction
14. Destination Venus
15. Mystery Action
I first heard the 3rd song on this album when I heard the album for the first time. It's an okay version but it got it's doors blown off by the version on The Count Bishops 1978 album Live. I was surprised to find out tonight that it was originally recorded by Fleetwood Mac in 1969. It's the B-side of their Man of the World single. Though it's credited to Earl Vince and the Valiants it's really Fleetwood Mac. I wasn't ever a big fan of Fleetwood Mac. I had 2 or 3 of their 1970's albums but I never got too excited about them and they went on that stack that went back to the record store. I don't miss 'em.