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Left-overs that are better the second day

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Coupled With
The Wildhearts
(Gut Records)

The Wildhearts are a lesson in organised choas. Ginger’s not-so-merry band has gone through members, rehabs, and break-ups yet still continue to produce an infectious brand of punky pop rock. This is an excellent collection that would make upstarts like Blink82 pleased with themselves. The funny thing is that this lot is a collection of b-sides. Not that you could tell, save for the few odd covers, like their cracking rendition of the “Cheers” themesong. Needless to say, it’s far better than the original. Tracks like ‘Stormy In The North, Karma In The South’ (with accompanying video) reinstill a taste for this brand of rock music. There are no better purveyors of anarchic rock than this lot. Oh yes, and you get 20 tracks on this single CD, so it’s bloody good value for money. Not completely essential but damn near close. Oh yes, and Justin Hawkins of The Darkness not only took em’ on tour in the US but appeared on their last full studio album.

Rating: 4.5/5

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