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The Only Ones
Here is a story of the band that has given some of the most memorable punk music to the world despite being surrounded by controversies and undue criticism.
The story of The Only Ones can be summarized by saying that they emerged from the British punk scene, made their mark through some exceptional pieces of music, lost in darkness as a result of their drug addiction and less recognition of their talent and then rose again from the ashes only to make us realize that great talent can never remain in darkness for long.
However, there is much more about the life and times of this legendary Punk band that just their resurfacing. Read on to get acquainted with the only ones of punk scene.
The Only Ones traces their roots back to the early 1970's at the dawn of the punk era. It all happened in north London when Peter Perrett, formed his first band by the name of England's Glory. After recording demo in 1973, he found that there was not any taker for his work.
After the dismissal from record labels, the band fell apart and Peter polished his songwriting ability in the next three years. Peter indulged in a haze of drugs and folk clubs, but also kept the ambition of a music band alive in his heart.
This ambition was revived in 1976 when the punk rock clarion-call came and everything changed. Peter decided to make more music and give relief to his bubbling talent. He formed a band Only Ones and hired some great musicians of that time.
The lineup consisted of John Perry on lead guitar, ex-Spooky Tooth member Mike Kellie on drums and Alan Mair on bass. These awesome foursome made a tight and imaginative combo that will soon produce some of the most distinguished work of punk music.
Citing Jeff Beck and Hendrix as major influences, only ones started their musical journey with a self-released single on the Vengeance record label titled Lovers Of Today. The very first single was good enough to enough to be declared 'Record of The Week' by major publications. It also earned them a recording deal with CBS.
Next came what is now regarded a milestone single in the history of punk pop Another Girl, Another Planet. This popular and influential song is regarded as the band's best-known song featuring on ever second musical box-sets featuring a punk rock or New Wave theme.
The album The Only Ones that contained the epic single Another Girl, Another Planet was released in 1978. Although the whole album was well received by reviewers and fans, this particular song has became such massive hit that it is now regarded as one of the greatest rock singles ever.
The song dominated the album so forcefully that it over-shadowed some other really interesting songs. The supremely executed song was provided an exhilarating ride through Peter Perretts broken hearted lyrical gushing, and equally impressive John Perrys fluid guitar intro that can drag the listener again and again.
The single got critical appreciation all over, but didnt get airtime on radio stations as they refused to play it because of drug references in the song. Strangely, this drug phenomenon later resulted in end of the band.
After the super success of their first album, The Only Ones came up with just two other albums Even Serpents Shine and Baby's Got A Gun released in respectively in 1979 and 1980. The later one proved their final studio album that saw great commercial success before the band split after working out their CBS contract in 1981.
With just three released albums, the band never saw that much success that it deserved. They never broke big, despite acceptance and appreciation of both fans and critics. Some people said that they did not realize their full potential, while others said that they were dogged by record label pressures. However, one of the major reason behind their split was Peter Perrett's drug dependency.
Although, plenty of rock bands have been found taking drugs, but the Only Ones' story is utterly bound up with them as the band were accused of being partly funded by Perrett's drug dealing. While his never ending addiction to drugs is known to all, some of the songs of the band also came replete with narcotic references. Although such reference worked well with the audience as in Another Girl, Another Planet, it eventually brought the demise of this great band.
The Only Ones has a unique and rare fate. Amazingly, the band became more popular after its demise than it ever before. It happened only after the split up that the band emerged as more influential than one would have guessed. Their songs have been covered by many following bands like Blink 182, Belle and Sebastian and the Libertines.
The song Another Girl, Another Planet has inspired a US film and has recently been adapted by Vodafone to advertise its pay-as-you-talk packages. Some of the other work by these skilled musicians also gained recognition and their fans truly waited for their comeback.
Now only after the world realized the great talent of The Only Ones, we saw the reemergence of this truly rocking band from the 70s era. It did happen in 2007, when the band decided to rejoin and played their first gig in 25 years in Manchester.
With Perretts twangy vocals sounds as fresh as they were 25 years ago and the same dazzling, transcendent moments by others, the Only Ones proved that they were always underrated and their true potential was never highlighted before. Their live act was hugely appreciated and everyone enjoyed the magical touch that the band has not lost even after years of inactivation.
If anyone doubts whether or not The Only Ones was the stars of 1970s, the masters are working again to ensure that they will become the stars of 2000s and beyond. The band has geared up once and is currently working on a new album as well as string of tours.
Peter Perrett and the company are officially back and they are going to perform at a venue near you. All you have to do is to catch the legends and enjoy the youthful exuberance of these gracefully aging veterans as it really hard to find a better band than The Only Ones.