Saturday, April 21, 2018

VA - The Big Stiff Box Set (2007)


Pop, Rock, Rock'n'Roll | Mp3 320 kbps | 4 CD | 765 Mb

There's a certain rude humor to the title of Salvo's The Big Stiff Box Set, a humor that's entirely appropriate for a box commemorating the messiest, drunkest rock & roll label ever. The Big Stiff Box Set isn't the first box of Stiff Records produced -- Demon/Rhino released one in 1992, one that was sloppy enough to carry a vinyl transfer of Richard Hell's "Blank Generation," complete with cracks, pops and turntable wobble -- and it falls just short of being the best, but it's pretty damn great all the same, capturing the ragged glory and ludicrous splendor of the label. Which ain't to say that it's perfect: three songs in, it's almost derailed by Roogalator's choogling "All Aboard" and it extends way to late, right to the revived Stiff of the new millennium. But Stiff was all about their flaws, so it's only right that The Big Stiff Box Set isn't polished: it's tattered and frayed, as it should be. Despite the quarrels and quibbles over the track listings -- to get back to Roogalator (as all good pub rock discussions inevitably do), where's "Cincinnati Fatback"?; licensing restrictions may be the reason why there's only one track a piece from Elvis Costello and Madness -- this hits most of the high spots, and there are loads of them: all the big singles from Nick Lowe, Ian Dury, Wreckless Eric, the Damned, Lene Lovich, Jona Lewie, Kirsty MacColl, Any Trouble, Tenpole Tudor and the Pogues, plus great one-shots from Tyla Gang, Max Wall, the Yachts, Larry Wallis, Mick Farren, Humphrey Ocean, the Rumour, Dirty Looks, Desmond Dekker and many others. A lot of this was on the first Stiff box, but The Big Stiff Box Set distinguishes itself from its predecessor -- and, in doing so, makes it necessary for those who already have the first -- but adding singles not found on its predecessor, including great moments and/or notable novelties from Plummet Airlines, Ernie Graham singing Thin Lizzy, the Sports, the Subs, Pointed Sticks, Motor Boys Motor, the Equators, Nigel Dixon, the Dancing Did, Brigit Novik & M and Yello. True, some of this unheard stuff borders on the outright silly, but Stiff's glee in irreverence is what made it a great label, and it's nice to know that no amount of historical reverence -- such as a big box with a very nice accompanying book -- can camouflage this essence.



CD 1
1. Nick Lowe - Heart Of The City (2:02)
2. Pink Fairies - Between The Lines (3:16)
3. Roogalator - All Aboard (5:45)
4. Tyla Gang - Tyla Gang / Styrofoam (2:37)
5. Lew Lewis And His Band - Boogie On The Street (3:24)
6. The Damned - New Rose (2:45)
7. Plummet Airlines - Silver Shirt (3:23)
8. Motorhead - White Line Fever (2:45)
9. Damned - Neat Neat Neat (2:43)
10. Elvis Costello - Less Than Zero (3:14)
11. Devo - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (2:41)
12. Max Wall - England's Glory (3:30)
13. Adverts - One Chord Wonders (2:36)
14. Nick Lowe - Marie Provost (2:47)
15. Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World (3:00)
16. Ian Dury - Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (3:13)
17. Damned - Problem Child (2:14)
18. Yachts - Suffice To Say (3:16)
19. Larry Wallis - Police Car (3:19)
20. Mick Farren & The Deviants - Let's Loot The Supermarket Again Like We Did Last Summer (2:21)
21. Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Sweet Gene Vincent (3:34)
22. Damned - One Way Love (3:44)
23. Wreckless Eric - Reconnez Cherie (3:17)
24. Jane Aire & The Belvederes - Yankee Wheels (3:08)
25. Ernie Graham - Romeo & The Lonely Girl (2:32)

CD 2
1. The Members - Solitary Confinement (3:56)
2. Humphrey Ocean & The Hardy Annuals - Whoops A Daisy (2:30)
3. The Realists - I've Got A Heart (2:25)
4. Jona Lewie - The Baby, She's On The Street (2:20)
5. Lene Lovich - I Think We're Alone Now (2:46)
6. Devo - Be Stiff (2:34)
7. Wreckless Eric - Take The Cash (K.A.S.H.) (3:40)
8. Mickey Jupp - Old Rock 'n' Roller (3:09)
9. Rachel Sweet - B.A.B.Y (3:07)
10. Lene Lovich - Lucky Number (2:48)
11. The Sports - Who Listens To The Radio (3:15)
12. The Subs - Gimme Your Heart (3:04)
13. The Rumour - Frozen Years (3:35)
14. Rachel Sweet - I Go To Pieces (2:43)
15. Lene Lovich - Say When (2:50)
16. Madness - One Step Beyond (2:20)
17. Kirsty MacColl - You Caught Me Out (3:25)
18. Pointed Sticks - Out Of Luck (2:18)
19. Dirty Looks - Lie To Me (3:04)
20. Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties (3:02)
21. Any Trouble - Yesterday's Love (2:50)
22. The Plasmatics - Butcher Baby (3:34)
23. The Go-Go's - We Got The Beat (2:32)
24. Motor Boys Motor - Drive Friendly (2:21)
25. Desmond Dekker - Please Don't Bend (3:18)
26. Joe 'King' Carrasco & The Crowns - Buena (3:38)

CD 3
1. Any Trouble - Girls Are Always Right (4:19)
2. The Equators - Baby Come Back (3:34)
3. Nigel Dixon - Thunderbird (2:38)
4. Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry (2:55)
5. Dave Stewart & Colin Blunstone - What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted (3:52)
6. Tenpole Tudor - Swords Of A Thousand Men (2:57)
7. Department S - Going Left Right (3:08)
8. Theatre Of Hate - Do You Believe In The Westworld (3:46)
9. Tenpole Tudor - Wunderbar (3:00)
10. Alvin Stardust - Pretend (2:42)
11. Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin - It's My Party (3:48)
12. Billy Bremner - Loud Music In Cars (2:46)
13. The Dancing Did - The Lost Platoon (2:55)
14. Electric Guitars - Language Problems (3:55)
15. Brigit Novik & M - Danube (3:30)
16. The Belle Stars - The Clapping Song (3:15)
17. Via Vagabond - Who Likes Jazz (3:06)
18. The Belle Stars - Sign Of The Times (2:53)
19. Tracey Ullman - Breakaway (2:36)
20. Yello - I Love You (4:09)
21. Eddie 'Tenpole' Tudor - The Hayrick Song (3:19)
22. Passion Puppets - Like Dust (3:20)
23. Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know (3:00)

CD 4
1. Kirsty MacColl - Terry (3:54)
2. The Inspirational Choir Of The Pentecostal First Born Church Of The Living God - Pick Me Up (4:04)
3. Tracey Ullman - Move Over Darling (2:35)
4. The Pogues - Dark Streets Of London (3:18)
5. Kirsty MacColl - A New England (3:50)
6. The Pogues - A Pair Of Brown Eyes (3:40)
7. The Untouchables - Free Yourself (4:08)
8. Makin' Time - Here Is My Number (2:50)
9. The Untouchables - I Spy (For The FBI) (3:25)
10. The Pogues - Dirty Old Town (3:45)
11. Ruefrex - The Wild Colonial Boy (3:01)
12. Andy White - Religious Persuasion (3:47)
13. The Mint Juleps - Only Love Can Break Your Heart (3:25)
14. Furniture - Brilliant Mind (3:42)
15. Dr. Feelgood - Don't Wait Up (4:01)
16. Tommy Chase - Killer Joe (Right Cross) (4:36)
17. The Prisoners - Whenever I'm Gone (2:44)
18. The Pogues Feat. The Dubliners - The Irish Rover (3:40)
19. The Enemy - Dancin' All Night (2:19)
20. Eskimo Disco - What Is Woman (3:43)
21. The Producers - Barking Up The Right Tree (3:19)
22. The Tranzmitors - Broken Houses (2:11)
23. Any Trouble - That Sound (3:12)
24. Ronald Reagan - The Wit & The Wisdom Of Ronald Reagan (Extract) (0:06)


2 comments :

  1. Thank you for sharing this. Have been wanting to hear this for a very long time!

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  2. Thank You!
    The scans of the booklet are most appreciated.

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