Who Needs Actions When You Got Words

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Who Needs Actions When You Got Words
Studio album by Plan B
Released 26 June 2006
Recorded 2005–2006
Miloco Studios
(London, England)
Genre Hip hop, acoustic, Hardcore hip hop
Length 62:48
Label 679
Producer Plan B, Fraser T Smith, Paul Epworth, Eliot James, Sam Williams, The Nextmen, The Earlies (co.), Jonathan Quarmby (add.), Kevin Bacon (add.), ALX
Plan B chronology
Who Needs Actions When You Got Words
(2006)
The Defamation of Strickland Banks
(2010)
Singles from Who Needs Actions When You Got Words
  1. "Kidz / Dead and Buried"
    Released: 8 September 2005
  2. "Sick 2 Def"
    Released: 3 December 2005
  3. "Missing Links"
    Released: 18 January 2006
  4. "More Is Enough"
    Released: 21 April 2006
  5. "Mama (Loves a Crackhead)"
    Released: 10 July 2006
  6. "No More Eatin'"
    Released: 30 October 2006
  7. "No Good"
    Released: 19 February 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Blender 2.5/5 stars [2]
The Guardian 5/5 stars [3]
NME 7/10 stars [4]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10) [5]
PopMatters 6/10 stars [6]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars [7]

Who Needs Actions When You Got Words is the debut studio album released by British rapper and songwriter Plan B on 26 June 2006. The album was recorded with producers such as Fraser T Smith, Paul Epworth, The Earlies and The Nextmen. The title of the album derives from a line in the Meat Puppets song "Plateau", famously covered by Nirvana on their album MTV Unplugged in New York.

Background[edit]

The vinyl version of the album was released as a double 12" vinyl, and bonus 7" vinyl, containing a total of fourteen tracks. The vinyl version featured the tracks in a slightly different order than the standard release, and also includes "Breakdown", and the Earlies version of "Sick 2 Def", in place of the standard version, however, the track "Everyday" is omitted. A deluxe edition of the album was issued in certain territories in 2007, containing the all-new collaborative single with Epic Man, More is Enough. The album received very favourable reviews from critics in the hip-hop, indie and mainstream communities. In 2006, Q Magazine rated the album sixty-fourth in their 100 Best Albums of 2006. The album reached and peaked at #30 on the UK Albums Chart, when it was released on 26 June 2006. In February 2010, three and a half years after its release, the album was certified Silver by British Phonographic Industry for selling over 60,000 copies.

Singles[edit]

"Kidz / Dead and Buried" was released on 8 September 2005 as the lead single from the album. The single was available as a limited edition 7" vinyl single, limited to 500 copies, and released on Plan B's own record label, Pet Cemetery Records. The promotional CD single was accompanied by the previously unreleased track "Young Girl". A video for "Dead and Buried" features clips from the film Kidulthood, but does not feature Drew. "Sick 2 Def" was released on 3 December 2005 as the second single from the album. The single was available as a two-track CD single and a limited edition 7" vinyl. The single was backed by fellow album track, "No Good". The single was released on 679 Recordings. No music video was filmed for the track. "Missing Links" was released on 18 January 2006, as the third single from the album. The track was only released as a promotional single, due to permission being refused to release the sample of "Pyramid Song" by Radiohead as part of the single. The track was Plan B's first single to have an official accompanying music video. * "More Is Enough" was released as a collaborative single with Epic Man on 21 April 2006. Although not included on the original version of the album, the song appears as the first track on the deluxe edition of the record, Enough is Enough. A music video was filmed for the release, which was available on limited edition 7" vinyl only.

"Mama (Loves a Crackhead)" was released as the album's fifth single on 10 July 2006. The single was Plan B's first single to be released on multiple formats, including limited edition 7" vinyl, CD single and DVD single, and was Plan B's first track to appear on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #41. A music video was released for the track. "No More Eatin'" was released on 30 October 2006 as the album's sixth single. The single lead two exclusive releases - No More Eatin': Live at The Pet Cemetery EP and No More Eatin': The Remixes EP. The single was available on both CD single and limited edition 7" and 12" vinyl. An acoustic music video was filmed for the track. "No Good" was released on 19 February 2007 as the album's seventh and final single. The track's music video was filmed in December 2005 when it appeared as the B-side to the single "Sick 2 Def". The single was released on limited edition 12" vinyl and as a DVD single. For the single release, the track was remixed by Jeremy Wheatley. Although not officially released as singles, music videos were filmed for the "No Good" b-side track "Bizness Woman", featuring Killa Kela, and for the album track, "Charmaine", was released to music channels in April 2007, and the album's title track, "Who Needs Actions When You Got Words", was released as a promotional single in June 2007.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Kidz"   Ben Drew, Fraser T Smith Fraser T Smith 4:07
2. "Sick 2 Def"   Drew Fraser T Smith 4:44
3. "No Good"   Drew, Paul Epworth, Kelly Charles, James Edward Bratton Paul Epworth 4:56
4. "Dead and Buried"   Drew, Fraser T Smith Fraser T Smith, Plan B 4:39
5. "Mama (Loves a Crackhead)"   Drew, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Sara Allen Plan B, Jonathan Quarmby (add.), Kevin Bacon (add.) 3:57
6. "Charmaine"   Drew, Fraser T Smith, Jerry Fuller Fraser T Smith, Plan B 3:46
7. "I Don't Hate You"   Drew Plan B 5:15
8. "Everyday"   Drew, Eliot James Eliot James, Plan B 4:24
9. "Tough Love"   Drew Plan B 5:03
10. "Where Ya From?"   Drew, Epworth Plan B, Paul Epworth (co.) 3:43
11. "No More Eatin'"   Drew Plan B, The Earlies (co.) 4:41
12. "Missing Links"   Drew Plan B 3:53
13. "Couldn't Get Along"   Drew, Sam Williams Plan B, Sam Williams 5:44
14. "Who Needs Actions When You Got Words"   Drew, Brad Ellis, Dominic Betmead Plan B, The Nextmen 3:53
Total length:
62:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Plan B - vocal, guitar, producer, mixing, art direction[4]
Production
Additional musicians
  • NY – backing vocals, additional vocals
  • Akatriel – additional vocals
  • Randolph Matthews – backing vocals
  • Andrew Smith – guitar
  • Tom Knott – guitar
  • Jamie King – guitar
  • Dominic Betmead – guitar, turntables
  • Andy Sheldrake – bass
  • Christian Madden – keyboard
  • Cassell the Beatmaker – drums
  • Richard Young – drums
  • Harry Escott – cello
  • Kai Fish – cello
  • Eliot James – cello, piano
  • Alex Berry – double bass
  • Beni G – turntables
Other personnel
  • Ben Drury – design, additional photography, art direction
  • Neil Gavin – photography
  • Ben Sansbury – graphic design
  • Dan Stacey – A&R
  • Nicky Stein – legal
Sample credits

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 26 June 2006 679 CD 5051011497926
2xLP + 7" 505101149791
Australia 19 November 2006 2xCD CTX334CD

Chart performance[edit]

Tour[edit]

Who Needs Actions When You Got Words Tour
Tour by Plan B
Location United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, United States, Australia
Associated album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words
Start date 13 May 2006
End date 24 May 2007
Legs 5
Plan B concert chronology
Who Needs Actions When You Got Words Tour
(2006–2007)
The Defamation of Strickland Banks Tour
(2010–2011)

Live band[edit]

  • Plan B – vocals, guitar
  • Tom Wright-Goss – guitar
  • Andy Sheldrake – bass
  • Richard Cassell – drums
  • Beni G – DJ, turntables

Support acts[edit]

  • Example (July 2006, January–February 2007)
  • Professor Green (January–February 2007)
  • Hadouken! (January–February 2007)
  • Killa Kela (January–February 2007)

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Leg 1: United Kingdom
13 May 2006 Leeds United Kingdom The Faversham[A]
31 May 2006 London The Macbeth
12 July 2006 Newcastle Carling Academy Newcastle
13 July 2006 Glasgow King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
14 July 2006 Birmingham Carling Academy 2 Birmingham
15 July 2006 Liverpool Carling Academy 2 Liverpool
18 July 2006 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
19 July 2006 Manchester Academy 3
21 July 2006 London Mean Fiddler
22 July 2006 Bristol Ashton Court[B]
23 July 2006 Brighton Concord 2
Leg 2: Festivals
12 August 2006 Osaka Japan Intex Osaka[C]
13 August 2006 Chiba Chiba Marine Stadium[C]
26 August 2006 Reading United Kingdom Little John's Farm[D]
27 August 2006 Leeds Bramham Park[D]
28 August 2006 Edinburgh The Liquid Room[E]
12 November 2006 Paris France La Cigale[F]
Leg 3: United Kingdom & Ireland
28 January 2007 Dublin Ireland The Village
30 January 2007 Preston United Kingdom 53 Degrees
31 January 2007 Birmingham Carling Academy 2 Birmingham
1 February 2007 Leeds The Cockpit
2 February 2007 Glasgow The Arches
3 February 2007 Sheffield The Leadmill
7 February 2007 Manchester Academy 2
8 February 2007 Cardiff University Solus
9 February 2007 London Shepherd's Bush Empire
10 February 2007 Bristol Anson Rooms
12 February 2007 Cambridge The Junction
13 February 2007 Liverpool Carling Academy 2 Liverpool
14 February 2007 Norwich Waterfront
15 February 2007 Southampton University
22 February 2007 London Fopp
Leg 4: United States
12 March 2007 New York City United States Joe's Pub
13 March 2007 Los Angeles Cinespace
15 March 2007 Austin Trinity Lounge[G]
16 March 2007 301 Chicon Street[G]
17 March 2007 Zero Degrees[G]
17 March 2007 Beauty Bar[G]
Leg 5: Australia
19 May 2007 London United Kingdom Scala
24 May 2007 Melbourne Australia Ding Dong Lounge
26 May 2007 Sydney The Basement
Leg 6: Festivals
16 June 2007 London United Kingdom Hyde Park[H]
17 June 2007 Leeds Harewood House[H]
21 June 2007 New York City United States Hiro Ballroom
23 June 2007 Pilton United Kingdom Worthy Farm[I]
29 June 2007 Istanbul Turkey Solar Beach[J]
8 July 2007 Balado United Kingdom Balado[K]
20 July 2007 Trenčín Slovakia Trenčín Airport[L]
4 August 2007 Faversham United Kingdom Mount Ephraim[M]
18 August 2007 Chelmsford Hylands Park[N]
24 May 2007 Staffordshire Weston Park[N]
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
[A] As part of Nasty Fest
[B] As part of Ashton Court Festival
[C] As part of Summer Sonic Festival
[D] As part of Reading and Leeds Festivals
[E] As part of T on the Fringe
[F] As part of Les Inrocks Festival
[G] As part of SXSW
[H] As part of Wireless Festival
[I] As part of Glastonbury Festival
[J] As part of Radar Live Festival
[K] As part of T in the Park
[L] As part of Pohoda Festival
[M] As part of Electric Gardens
[N] As part of V Festival

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