The band that defined my music tastes, and were amazingly consistent throughout their career (save for ...Must Be Destroyed!), and the fact that pretty much all of their b-sides were as high quality as their album tracks means this list could have gone on much further...
A song that distils everything that was glorious about The Wildhearts. Riff after wonderful riff, glorious harmonies and Metallica-sized heaviness all wrapped up in almost 8 of the best minutes anywhere.
Ginger's punk roots worn on his sleeve. So good they re-released their debut album to include it!
|3||I Wanna Go Where The People Go|
P.H.U.Q. is, for me, a slightly underwhelmig album in comparison, but it opens with an almost unmatchable high. The NY filmed video is a blast too.
|4||The Miles Away Girl|
Fave track from their best album. Earth vs is just unbelievably consistent.
Nearly 12 minutes long, and doesn't get close to repetetive once. By the end, it almost feels like about 5 songs have played, but they complement each other perfectly to fit one giant riff-a-thon.
The first time Ginger unveils his ability to seamlessly twist one riff into another over and over again.
|7||If Life Is Like A Lovebank I Want An Overdraft|
Crazy title, crazier song.
|8||My Baby Is A Headfuck|
Piano driven rock n roll, featuring the genius of Willie Dowling for the first of many times.
|9||The Jackson Whites|
Latter day WH matching the quality of the early days.
|10||Shut Your Fucking Mouth (And Use Your Fucking Brain)|
Another top title for an absolute punk blast.
|11||Geordie In Wonderland|
Wonderfule ode to the North East, with a mandolin.
|12||S.I.N. In Sin|
Love these punky numbers.
The most immediate track from their debut. Calm and cold as a witches tit?
|14||Weekend (5 Long Days)|
Was always a humungous live track.
|15||Sick Of Drugs|
Lyrics changed when played live depending on the topical tabloid hysteria.
Choppy guitar riff heaven.
|17||Do The Channel Bop|
The expected awesome riffage, but a children's choir?!
|18||29 x The Pain|
Always fun to spot the music references within.
As a kid, was my favourite track. Still great.
|20||Nothing Ever Changes But The Shoes|
Ah, the nostalgia...
S/T album relived the awesome 8 minute riffathons. This is the most distinctiveof those tracks.
|22||The Snake, The Lion, The Monkey And The Spider|
Free download, Chutzpah kind-of bonus track. All sorts of crazy and off-kilter riffy goodness.
Brooding and menacing bassline.
The drop near the end will destroy any inferior speakers!