Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: Peter Perrett: How the West Was Won

Magazine article The Spectator

The Listener: Peter Perrett: How the West Was Won

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Much though I loved it at the time, not a great deal of lasting worth came out of that fervid punk upheaval between 1976 and 1978. In terms of bands you would voluntarily listen to again, there was just The Clash and The Only Ones, in my book. The latter enjoyed no commercial success, despite leaving behind two of the best British albums of the decade and a single -- 'Another Girl, Another Planet' -- which has been called the finest three minutes of rock music ever, ever. Problem was they were too musicianly and literate for a time which exulted in bellowing, grunting, spitting and staccato stabs of noise.

The band's lead singer and songwriter, Peter Perrett, has just released his debut solo album. It's a beautiful work, lush with swirling melodies, chiming Fender guitars and Perrett's sardonic norf lunnun drawl. …

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