PHILISTINES - HARD WORK (PEPPERMINT PRCD001)
Running Time: 44.19 mins
12 songs featured here all sounded great live, but they're even better in the
studio. Here's a run down of what to expect...
TO NOTHING: Really catchy opener. Strong, tuneful guitars, and buried at just
the right level under Gerry Foster's vocals. Pick out Glen's backing vocals towards
WORK: A more laid back effort, the powerful bass line keeps it ticking over
really well. Glen adds his vocals to the chorus.
First of all, not the Pistols song! No, instead, a lively cut, Paul O'Brien's
guitar work admirable, and co-penned by Keith Levene who was in the band in the
THE BIG IDEA: One of the best on the album, brilliant!
REAL: One hell of a song. Honestly, worth buying the album for this alone.
Again, co-written by Levene, and it's the guitar sound which makes it superb.
Paul is magnificent on lead, Glen ditto on bass, Paul Simon gives his usual whack
on drums, and Gerry sings it like he means it. Once you've heard it, you won't
ALL OVER YOUR FACE: The impressive drumming at the beginning kickstarts one
of the newer Philistines songs. Another really catchy chorus, brilliant bass,
Gerry comes into his own and sounds so crisp.
BIG MOUTH: Written by Glen and Paul O'Brien, superb chorus, another fine effort.
What more can I say?
THE HORIZON: A much slower track, hard to get used to at first. I didn't really
like it at first, but it does grow on you and demonstrates the bands versatility.
The group are heavily influenced by The Faces, and Gerry actually sounds remarkably
like Rod Stewart on this one!
METAL: Absolutely brilliant! co-written by Keith Levene, it's a bit heavier
than most of the others, and powerful with it. Catchy as hell chorus. It teasingly
winds down towards the end, only to fire back in the bands usual style.
IT AND SEE: Paul lets his guitar go wild at the start. Glen's repetitive,
throbbing bass line builds it up, and the chorus explodes into what's another
fine composition. Gerry is a great singer, but when Glen adds his vocals to the
proceedings it's the perfect match. I don't seem to be mentioning Paul the drummer
much, but he does a great job throughout.
I never thought this was good live, but the band have transformed it in the studio
to something a whole lot better. The echo on Gerry's vocals is good, Paul and
Glen make a deadly combination, and the robotic voices towards the end add a touch
YOUR CAGE: Another strong track, very much in the same vain as 'Get Real'
and 'Modern Metal'... 'Hard Work' really is a magnificent album, definitely worth
buying, and it's one of the most essential of Glen's post-Pistols projects since
the Rich Kids. The band are that good! There's a nice picture cover and for the
singers among you, the lyrics are contained in the inlay.
(Reviewed by Jim Henderson)