Battle of the Not Punks

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Elvis Costello
24
51%
The Stranglers
16
34%
Squeeze
6
13%
The Boomtown Rats
1
2%
 
Total votes: 47

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Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Ranking Ted » 16 Jan 2018, 21:32

Inspired by the assertion that the risible Boomtown Rats are better than these other acts - all of which have at the very least have a stellar greatest hits to their name - let’s have another BCB poll. Hell, it’s the day after Blue Monday, I’m sure other folk are knackered as well.

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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 16 Jan 2018, 21:39

Stranglers!

I’ve never bothered with the LPs but they had some fine singles from the early, nasty ones to the European, queasy psych ones in the early 80s.
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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Snarfyguy » 16 Jan 2018, 21:39

So wait, why did The Boomtown Rats exist, again?

Last time I heard their hit it sounded worse than ever.
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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby sloopjohnc » 16 Jan 2018, 21:44

All of these groups have a lot of hit and miss for me as they got along in their careers. Still thinking about it, but will probably go Stranglers.

Costello and Squeeze got increasingly more boring. The Boomtown Rats got boring faster.

The Stranglers stayed more interesting for longer.

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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby TG » 16 Jan 2018, 21:58

I never got the appeal of the Boomtown Rats or the Stranglers. Nor have I done anything to try and counter that notion in decades. I do have a Squeeze hits package that I almost never play. Costello, it is.
I’m not a huge fan but I do have bunch of his stuff and have played it relatively recently.
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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Eddie Shah environment » 16 Jan 2018, 21:58

The Stranglers for me too. Rattus Norvegicus is a long-time favourite. And ‘No More Heroes’ still thrills - one of the greatest 45s of that era.
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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Mike Boom » 16 Jan 2018, 22:00

"This Years Model" is the best album by any of that lot by quite a margin

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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby The Modernist » 16 Jan 2018, 22:08

For me it goes:

The Stranglers
Squeeze
Costello



Boomtown Rats

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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby WG Kaspar » 16 Jan 2018, 22:10

Costello by a gazillion miles. Stranglers second but nowhere near close.
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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby The Modernist » 16 Jan 2018, 22:10

nev harp wrote:Stranglers!

I’ve never bothered with the LPs but they had some fine singles from the early, nasty ones to the European, queasy psych ones in the early 80s.


Exactly, and like you I think they work better in small doses.

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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Mike Boom » 16 Jan 2018, 22:18

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2xo1f

"Get A Grip On Yourself" is brilliant of course, as is the video (can't find it on youtube for some reason)

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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby sloopjohnc » 16 Jan 2018, 22:37

Mike Boom wrote:"This Years Model" is the best album by any of that lot by quite a margin


I'd agree with that. I think he made three great albums: This Year's Model, My Aim is True and Armed Forces. I like King of America but all the others are hit and miss. I know others will think otherwise, especially with Get Happy, but it's just okay with me.

Squeeze, the same: Cool for Cats, Argy Bargy and Eastside Story. Very hit and miss after.

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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Sneelock » 16 Jan 2018, 22:48

EC by a mile. Yeah he seems to peter out but then he comes back strong or in spurts.
Squeeze comes up somewhere behind. I liked the Stranglers at the time but I don't think they've held up all that well. I'd flip the coin between them and B.Rats - I do like both.
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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Jeemo » 16 Jan 2018, 23:11

Stranglers easily, great live. Love Black and White
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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Goat Boy » 16 Jan 2018, 23:29

The one who did Olivers Army
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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby slightbreeze » 17 Jan 2018, 00:00

Mike Boom wrote:"This Years Model" is the best album by any of that lot by quite a margin

In my top 3 best albums ever made. Squeeze and Stranglers Best of albums have no fillers but their studio albums did. The Rats were just useless.

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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby trans-chigley express » 17 Jan 2018, 00:18

If I was given a greatest hits set by each of them The Stranglers is the one I'd play first, I enjoyed their singles the most including later ones like Golden Brown, Strange Little Girl and Skin Deep. The second one I'd play is probably Boomtown Rats as I did enjoy a clutch of their hits and for nostalgia reasons I'd be interested to revisit them to see how they've held up. Squeeze and Costello hit collections I'd probably enjoy too but I have less of a yearning to revisit them for some reason.

Having said that the only album I actually own by any of them is a Costello one.

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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Eddie Shah environment » 17 Jan 2018, 00:26

Goat Boy wrote:The one who did Olivers Army


SUCH a great song


but he did this:



and this:




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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Hightea » 17 Jan 2018, 02:56

Elvis over Squeeze all based on early works.
then The Stranglers over the BR by a song.

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Re: Battle of the Not Punks

Postby Charlie O. » 17 Jan 2018, 03:39

sloopjohnc wrote:
Mike Boom wrote:"This Years Model" is the best album by any of that lot by quite a margin

I'd agree with that. I think he made three great albums: This Year's Model, My Aim is True and Armed Forces. I like King of America but all the others are hit and miss.

I think Side 1 of Blood And Chocolate might be his best LP side, although Side 2 doesn't follow through. And I never really got with King Of America. But yeah, the first three (first two, especially), Imperial Bedroom, and other bits here and there... when he was good, he was very, very good.

I'll say -

EC

Squeeze



Stranglers








Rats
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