Automatics ‎– Walking With The Radio On

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Angel Air Records ‎– SJPCD140
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Tracklist

1 Walking With The Radio On 2:07
2 Like A Moth Into A Flame 2:16
3 When The Tanks Roll Over Poland Again 2:52
4 Wild One 2:25
5 Run Forever 3:27
6 Danger Signs 1:49
7 Stab It Back 3:21
8 Wear Your Love Like A Ball And Chain 4:48
9 Watch Her Now 2:13
10 Dumb Games 2:16
11 To The Goodtimes 3:49
12 British Beat 3:29
13 Walking With The Radio On (Demo) 2:22
14 When The Tanks Roll Over Poland Again...Reprised 3:08

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Notes

U.K. re-issue of the Automatics' shelved 1978 debut album, with bonus material. Previously issued in Japan by Base Records in 2000.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 505501170140

Other Versions (3 of 3) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BASE-001 CD Automatics Walking With The Radio On(CD, Album) Base (2) BASE-001 CD Japan 2000 Sell This Version
BASE-001 CD Automatics Walking With The Radio On(CDr, Album) Base (2) BASE-001 CD Japan 2000 Sell This Version
BASE-001LP Automatics Walking With The Radio On(LP, Ltd, Num) Base (2) BASE-001LP Japan 2000 Sell This Version

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italo_boy

italo_boy

July 11, 2017
edited 2 months ago

Things were getting worse in 1978… Punk was not a trend of the year and maybe that was the reason, why the Island refused to release the Automatics LP, which had been recorded and (produced?) by (now) classic new-wave maestro Steve Lillywhite.
Okay. I’m a big fan of punk-77 and early new wave music and listened to hundreds and thousands releases of the genre and I want to notice that this album was absolutely masterpiece! About music – a good mix of Heartbreakers (“Radio On”), early Costello (especially on slow numbers like “Ball And Chain” or “To The Goodtimes”) and Boomtown Rats (“Moth Into A Flame”), but much more fast than the originals. About mix – a fantastic work of Steve: great backing vocals, great electronic effects (even vocoders on “Stab Your Back”), all standard new-wave things are here: claps, three-chord rockers (“Danger Signs”), non-stop track mixing, slogans and so on. There are no any weak songs on the album, just the “Tanks” sounds not in a row because it’s a cut of Island single (not re-recorded version) and there is a difference in a quality (someone could say the same thing about “Watch Her Now” (the “Tanks” b-side) but Steve mixed this one with “Dumb Games”, so you don’t feel the difference). But anyway if you’re still interesting in this kind of music – welcome back in 1978 with the Automatics album! 5 stars from 5! (Sadly I didn’t listen to the LP version due to high prices on vinyl, just this CD only)