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Peter Perrett: "Music is less dangerous to your health than other escapes"

The former Only Ones frontman returns with his first record in 16 years, knowing he’s lucky to still be alive

Before his just-released new solo album, Peter Perrett’s last one came out in 1996. That’s a full 16 years after his final album with the Only Ones, the seditionaries who blazed a brief, brilliant trail across the post-punk skyscape, best known for their era-soundtracking 1978 single Another Girl, Another Planet.

Decades of drug addition served to numb his creative spirit, but the now clean-living Perrett has finally returned with How The West Was Won. Reassuringly, it shows that his songwriting chops are intact, along with his dry wit, sharp lyricism and sneery drawl.



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