Secondhand Daylight

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Secondhand Daylight
Studio album by Magazine
Released 30 March 1979
Recorded January 1979 at Good Earth Studios in Soho, Central London
Genre Post-punk
Length 42:33
Label Virgin (UK) / Caroline (US)
Producer Colin Thurston
Magazine chronology
Real Life
Secondhand Daylight
The Correct Use of Soap
Singles from Secondhand Daylight
  1. "Rhythm of Cruelty" b/w "TV Baby"
    Released: February 1979

Secondhand Daylight is the second album by British post-punk band Magazine, released by Virgin Records on 30 March 1979.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C)[2]
NME Very positive[3]
Smash Hits 6/10[4]
Uncut 5/5 stars[5]

Upon its release, Secondhand Daylight received a glowing review in NME. Music Journalist Nick Kent described songs like "Feed The Enemy" as "very Low-period Bowiesque", due to the "stray saxophone bleats and lulling synthesiser chords".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Feed the Enemy"   Howard Devoto, Dave Formula 5:45
2. "Rhythm of Cruelty"   Devoto, John McGeoch, Barry Adamson 3:03
3. "Cut-Out Shapes"   Devoto 4:43
4. "Talk to the Body"   Devoto, McGeoch 3:34
5. "I Wanted Your Heart"   Devoto, Formula, Adamson 5:13
6. "The Thin Air"   Devoto, McGeoch 4:10
7. "Back to Nature"   Devoto, Formula 6:40
8. "Believe That I Understand"   Devoto, Adamson 4:00
9. "Permafrost"   Devoto 5:25


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
UK Album Chart[6] 38


  1. ^ "Secondhand Daylight - Magazine". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ "CG: Magazine". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ a b Kent, Nick. "Magazine's Mad Minstrels Gains Momentum (Album review)". NME (31 March 1979): 31. 
  4. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (May 3-16 1979): 25. 
  5. ^ "Magazine - Reissues - Review". Uncut. 
  6. ^ "Chart Stats - Magazine". Retrieved 2014-06-30.