Last Chance Disco

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Last Chance Disco
Studio album by
Released16 May 2005
RecordedDecember 2004 – January 2005
Eastcote Studios (London)
GenrePunk jazz
LabelBabel Label
ProducerPhilip Bagenal & Acoustic Ladyland
Acoustic Ladyland chronology
Last Chance Disco
Skinny Grin

Last Chance Disco is the second studio album by British punk jazz band Acoustic Ladyland. It was released on 16 May 2005 by Babel Label.


Last Chance Disco was created as a reaction to Pete Wareham's frustration with jazz, and his desire to fuse jazz with the "ethic and fun of punk".[1] The album has been called a mixture of "the language of jazz with the rhetoric of instrumental rock" by The Guardian.[2] The album has also been described as being "closer to thrash metal and grindcore than jazz" in an article describing the band as "an electric jazz band that plays dirty rock 'n' roll, or a dirty rock 'n' roll band that plays electric jazz".[3]

The band promoted the album on the UK television show Later... with Jools Holland shortly after the album's release.[4] Last Chance Disco gained critical acclaim from reviewers on release, Jazzwise ultimately naming it the best album of 2005 in their end of year poll.[5] The Observer also ranked the album in their end of year list, calling it the 85th best album of the 2005 (in any genre).[6] As well as receiving praise for the album, the band themselves won 'Best Band' at the BBC Jazz Awards in the same year.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[3]
The Guardian[2]
The Jazz Mann[9]
Stylus MagazineA−[10]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings [11]

John L Walters in The Guardian calls the album "an all-out assault on the senses", stating that "this is the least "smooth" jazz album in years".[2] All About Jazz write that Last Chance Disco is "a near seamless flow of rapid fire explosions, postmodern beats, raucous instrumental exuberance, passion, anger and, indefinably but unmistakably, hope and optimism" and say that this album is a "punk jazz orgasm you don't want to miss".[3] The BBC review states that this album is "the first classic of the post-jazz movement" and descrive an album of "life-affirmingly dumb shrieks, stomps and power chords".[8] Ian Mann writes that Last Chance Disco is "one of the albums of 2005 in any genre, and highly recommended to adventurous rock fans as well as hardcore jazz followers" in his review.[9] Stylus Magazine wrote in their review that "the whole damn album is just great ... a relentless ska-punk-jazz-metal conglomeration that shouldn’t work but does".[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Pete Wareham except where stated. All songs arranged by Acoustic Ladyland

  1. "Iggy" – 1:56
  2. "Om Konz" – 5:49
  3. "Deckchair" – 4:05
  4. "Remember" (P Wareham, M Wareham) – 5:44
  5. "Perfect Bitch" (P Wareham, M Wareham) – 1:58
  6. "Ludwig Van Ramone" – 4:37
  7. "High Heel Blues" (P Wareham, M Wareham) – 2:02
  8. "Trial And Error" – 4:47
  9. "Thing" – 2:38
  10. "Of You" (P Wareham, Seb Rochford) – 4:39
  11. "Nico" – 4:42



  1. ^ Marmelsteain, Roy; Miles, Robert. "Acoustic Ladyland interview with Pete Wareham". Platforms Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Walters, John L (6 May 2005). "Acoustic Ladyland, Last Chance Disco". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c May, Chris (3 May 2005). "Acoustic Ladyland: Last Chance Disco (2005)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  4. ^ Secher, Benjamin (11 June 2005). "My week: Pete Wareham, saxophonist with Acoustic Ladyland". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ "ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2005". Jazzwise. November 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Countdown: the OMM top 100 albums". The Observer. 18 December 2005. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Double jazz triumph for Carroll". BBC. 2 July 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  8. ^ a b Finch, Russell (2005). "Acoustic Ladyland Last Chance Disco Review". BBC. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b Mann, Ian (13 March 2006). "Acoustic Ladyland Last Chance Disco". The Jazz Mann. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  10. ^ a b Southall, Nick (12 September 2005). "Acoustic Ladyland / Polar Bear, Last Chance Disco / Held On The Tips Of Fingers". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  11. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th edition). Penguin. p. 8