The Only Ones is the eponymous 1978 first album produced by The Only Ones themselves, with the assistance of Robert Ash. It was mixed at Basing St., Escape and CBS.
Trouser Press called it "the best of the three original albums" in which "Perrett's languid vocals and songs provide the character and focus, while the band's skills carry it off handsomely". The album was not originally released in the US and only reached number 56 in the UK Albums Chart. Nevertheless, it is still widely admired by British critics. In 1994, The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music named The Only Ones one of the 50 best punk albums of all-time. The compilers claimed that the Only Ones were "the closest thing the UK had to Johnny Thunder's Heartbreakers, a laconic, shamble of a band who were, at moments, touched by a creative greatness that made you get out of the glare".
During the last decade or so, the album has also appeared on several all-time greatest albums lists.
^Larkin, Colin (1994). All Time Top 1000 Albums. Enfield: Guinness Publishing. p. 246. ISBN0-85112-786-X.
^Du Noyer, Paul (1998). Encyclopedia of Albums: 1,000 Best-Ever Albums. Bristol: Dempsey Parr. p. 163. ISBN1-84084-031-5. "This is their most satisfying, most focused collection, unsullied by the drugs and disillusionment that characterised their demise"
^Dimery, Robert (2005). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. London: Cassell. p. 401. "Preferring flawed romance to fiery nihilism, Perrett peppered this 1978 debut with offerings of paranoid beauty"
^The Guardian (November 2007). 1,000 Albums To Hear Before You Die. London. "Frontman Peter Perrett was living the Pete Doherty lifestyle long before the Libertine, but found time to add his trademark narcotic drawl to John Perry's skyscraping fretwork in songs as stratospheric as Another Girl, Another Planet. If Babyshambles sounded like this, they'd fill stadiums."