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Wreckless Eric - Reissues album review

Album Review

First three albums by original Stiff Records artist

Despite the biff-bang nature of his moniker and the low-budget, pub rock scene to which he clearly belonged, there was more to Wreckless Eric than his early career demise suggests. He was more a victim of changing times than a lack of originality or talent.

His self-titled debut album was released in June 1978. While the 90-second Rag’n’Tatters epitomises the straightforward, two-bob approach in an era when you could record a hit for next to thing, tracks like Reconnez Cherie show a facility with songcraft and a nicely perfumed turn of phrase. Whole Wide World, meanwhile, is Wire-like, post-punkish, in its sense of the huge space and opportunity apparently afforded by punk.

Later in the year followed_The Wonderful World..._ and Eric might subsequently have felt aggrieved that his own, spacey Walking On The Surface Of The Moon tanked by comparison with The Police’s Walking On The Moon a few months later. So it went, however. His final album Big Smash!, featuring the sardonic A Pop Song, was his biggest seller but his last for Stiff. There would be no place in the big budget, polished 80s for a Wreckless Eric.

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