1977 (Ash album)

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1977
Studio album by Ash
Released May 6, 1996
Recorded Rockfield Studios January 1996-February 1996
Genre Alternative rock, Britpop, punk rock
Length 61:52
Label Infectious, Reprise, Edel Music
Producer Ash, Owen Morris
Ash chronology
Trailer
(1994)
1977
(1996)
Live at the Wireless
(1997)

1977 is the first official album by Ash, released in May 1996 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the following month in the US. The punk rock influenced album proved popular in the UK and Ireland, and to a lesser degree elsewhere, where Britpop was a smaller cult phenomenon.

It is ranked at 417 on the NME list of the Greatest albums of all time [1]

The title refers to a year of three events that shaped the band: the births of two of the band-members; the year the first punk albums were released (especially Damned Damned Damned and Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols); and the release of Star Wars. The album opens with the sound of a TIE Fighter, and ends with the track "Darkside Lightside", the title of which is a Star Wars reference, and which climaxes with a choral version of the Star Wars theme. The band also covered "Cantina Band", as the b-side to the "Girl From Mars" single.

Jackie Chan is celebrated in the lyrics of "Kung Fu", and used the song for the end credits of his movie Rumble in the Bronx. The song "Lose Control" was featured in the game Gran Turismo, the first time one of the band's songs was used in a videogame (it was later followed by "Burn Baby Burn" from the album Free All Angels, featured in Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2003, and by "Orpheus" from the album Meltdown, featured in Burnout 3: Takedown).[2]

The first 50,000 pressings of the CD feature the original version of "Jack Names the Planets" and its b-side "Don't Know" (February 1994), hidden in the album's pregap: they are accessed by 'rewinding' from track one. There is also a hidden track of band members vomiting in a non-musical tape recording named, "Sick Party", which appears after "Darkside Lightside" on all versions.

In 2008 Tim Wheeler remembered:

We'd literally left school six months before... It was insane, just a totally mental time. It was the first time we had a residential time in a studio, and they had all the meals for you and you could just stay up. We just got very nocturnal and very crazy. [Producer] Owen Morris had been not so gradually introducing us to drugs, so we were off our heads a lot of the time! One of the dumbest thing we did was we recorded this track called The Scream. We spent three days working on it. We built up 48 tracks that started out like a murmur up to full on screaming. I was on acid one time dancing to it. By the time we got to the end of it we were too scared to mix it. Sick Party was originally one of the tracks we were adding to this melange of noise, but we kept listening to it and it turned out to be so funny we ended up using it on its own.[3]

Several music magazines placed the album in their end-of-year lists for 1996, including NME, Melody Maker, Q, Select and Kerrang.[4] It is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album is currently certified Platinum by the BPI and, according to the biography on the official site, has sold over two million copies around the world.

Ash played the album in its entirety at London Roundhouse on September 5, 2008. Following the huge demand and speed of which the Roundhouse show sold out, they also added a show at London Astoria for the following day, Saturday 6 September, 2008. A three-disc collector's edition of the album was released on November 3, 2008.

In June 2013, Ash announced a three date tour of Australia, playing 1977 in its entirety, followed by a set of greatest hits.

Track listing[edit]

  • "Jack Names The Planets" (hidden track, original pressing only)
  • "Don't Know" (hidden track, original pressing only)
  1. "Lose Control" (Wheeler/Hamilton) – 3:37
  2. "Goldfinger" (Wheeler) – 4:31
  3. "Girl from Mars" (Wheeler) – 3:30
  4. "I'd Give You Anything" (Wheeler) – 4:31
  5. "Gone the Dream" (Wheeler) – 3:29
  6. "Kung Fu" (Wheeler) – 2:17
  7. "Oh Yeah" (Wheeler) – 4:45
  8. "Let It Flow" (Wheeler) – 4:42
  9. "Innocent Smile" (Hamilton/Wheeler) – 5:52
  10. "Angel Interceptor" (Wheeler/McMurray) – 4:04
  11. "Lost in You" (Wheeler) – 4:19
  12. "Darkside Lightside" (Wheeler) – 16:49

Collector's edition[edit]

Disc: 1[edit]

Tracks 1-12 are from the original 1977 release
Tracks 13-19 are from the Trailer EP

  1. "Lose Control" – 3:39
  2. "Goldfinger" – 4:33
  3. "Girl From Mars" – 3:30
  4. "I'd Give You Anything" – 4:33
  5. "Gone The Dream" – 3:31
  6. "Kung Fu" – 2:19
  7. "Oh Yeah" – 4:47
  8. "Let It Flow" – 4:44
  9. "Innocent Smile" – 5:54
  10. "Angel Interceptor" – 4:06
  11. "Lost In You" – 4:21
  12. "Darkside Lightside" – 5:07
  13. "Season" – 3:02
  14. "Jack Names the Planets" – 3:12
  15. "Intense Thing" – 4:36
  16. "Uncle Pat" – 3:14
  17. "Get Out" – 1:31
  18. "Petrol" – 4:25
  19. "Obscure Thing" – 4:23

Disc: 2[edit]

Tracks 1-11 were recorded live at Live at the Wireless, Triple J Studios, Australia, October 1996
Tracks 12-24 were live at Reading Festival '96, Reading, Berkshire, England, August 25, 1996

  1. "A Clear Invitation To The Dance (Part I)" – 1:03
  2. "Darkside Lightside" – 3:04
  3. "Girl From Mars" – 2:58
  4. "Oh Yeah" – 4:22
  5. "T. Rex" – 2:08
  6. "I'd Give You Anything" – 3:12
  7. "Kung Fu" – 2:25
  8. "What Deaner Was Talking About" – 2:17
  9. "Goldfinger" – 4:17
  10. "Petrol" – 4:13
  11. "A Clear Invitation To The Dance (Part II)" – 1:06
  12. "Lose Control" – 3:34
  13. "Jack Names the Planets" – 2:21
  14. "T. Rex" – 2:27
  15. "Goldfinger" – 4:28
  16. "Angel Interceptor" – 3:16
  17. "Darkside Lightside" – 3:11
  18. "Oh Yeah" – 4:28
  19. "Innocent Smile" – 4:45
  20. "Lost In You" – 3:59
  21. "Petrol" – 3:57
  22. "Gone The Dream" – 3:37
  23. "Girl From Mars" – 3:31
  24. "Kung Fu" – 3:07

Disc: 3[edit]

Track 1 is from the band's 4-track demo tape
Tracks 2-3 are from the 7" vinyl single for "Jack Names the Planets", issued by La-La Land Records
Tracks 4-6 and 8 are from the US version of the album Trailer
Tracks 7, 9-19, 21-22 are b-sides from the Trailer and 1977 (and their respective singles) recording sessions
Track 20 is a previously unreleased version of the non-album single from the soundtrack for A Life Less Ordinary

  1. "Girl From Mars" (4-Track Demo) – 2:33
  2. "Jack Names the Planets" (La-La Land Records 7" version) – 2:55
  3. "Don't Know" (La-La Land Records 7" version) – 2:58
  4. "Punk Boy" (Helen Love cover) – 2:07
  5. "Different Today" – 2:54
  6. "Hulk Hogan Bubblebath" – 5:11
  7. "Luther Ingo's Star Cruiser" – 1:49
  8. "Day of the Triffids" – 3:36
  9. "Astral Conversations With Toulouse Lautrec" – 6:09
  10. "Cantina Band" – 3:28
  11. "5am Eternal" – 4:03
  12. "Gimme Some Truth" (John Lennon cover) – 5:27
  13. "I Need Somebody" – 2:39
  14. "Sneaker" – 3:17
  15. "Get Ready" (The Temptations cover) – 2:51
  16. "T. Rex" – 2:25
  17. "Everywhere Is All Around" – 2:33
  18. "Does Your Mother Know" (ABBA cover) – 3:02
  19. I Only Want To Be With You" – 2:37
  20. "A Life Less Ordinary" (Tim Simenon version) – 3:44
  21. "Sick Party" – 5:43
  22. "The Scream" – 4:23

Reception[edit]

"Originally it was the fast, poppy songs that made me go up and down a lot," remarked Neil Hannon, frontman of The Divine Comedy. "But then suddenly you have the most beautiful chord changes and tunes that you never thought would happen like 'Goldfinger' and 'Oh Yeah'. It's also nice to have your chums from home being big in the pop world."[5]

Singles[edit]

  • "Kung Fu" was released on March 20, 1995 with "Day Of The Triffids" and "Luther Ingo's Star Cruiser".
  • "Girl From Mars" was released on July 31, 1995 with "Astral Conversations" and "Cantina Band"
  • "Angel Interceptor" was released on October 9, 1995 with "5am Eternal" and "Gimme Some Truth" (by John Lennon)
  • "Goldfinger" was released on April 15, 1996 with "I Need Somebody", "Sneaker", and "Get Ready" (Smokey Robinson). "Get Ready" itself was released as a fan club only single in December, 1995 (as a Christmas present), with " Zero Zero"
  • "Oh Yeah" was released on June 24, 1996 with "T. Rex", "Everywhere Is All Around" (Wheeler/Carr), and "Does Your Mother Know" (ABBA).

Personnel[edit]

Ash
Additional musicians
Technical personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nme.com/photos/the-500-greatest-albums-of-all-time-500-401/323975/1/1#84
  2. ^ http://uk.music.ign.com/articles/541/541485p1.html
  3. ^ Johnston, Emma. Kerrang! Issue #1235, November 08, 2008. Treasure Chest. The Intimate Portrait Of a Life in Rock. Tim Wheeler. P.54
  4. ^ "Rocklist.net". Rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  5. ^ Thornton, Anthony: 'Neil Hannon's Record Collection', Q #146, November 1998, p67
Preceded by
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
UK number one album
May 18, 1996 – May 24, 1996
Succeeded by
Older by George Michael