Real Life (Magazine album)

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Real Life
Magazine - Real Life.jpg
Studio album by Magazine
Released June 1978
Recorded March–April 1978 at the Virgin Mobile and Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre
Length 41:24
Label Virgin
Producer John Leckie
Magazine chronology
Real Life
(1978)
Secondhand Daylight
(1979)
Singles from Real Life
  1. "Shot by Both Sides" b/w "My Mind Ain't So Open"
    Released: 20 January 1978

Real Life is the debut studio album by English rock band Magazine. It was released in June 1978 by record label Virgin. The album includes the band's debut single "Shot by Both Sides", and was also preceded by the non-album single "Touch and Go", a song from the album's recording sessions.

Real Life has received critical acclaim and is considered a pioneering post-punk record. It has also been described as new wave[1] and art rock.[2]

Background and recording[edit]

The album was written over the preceding year by the band, with Howard Devoto providing all of the lyrics. The two earliest songs, "Shot by Both Sides" and "The Light Pours Out of Me", were co-written with Devoto's former Buzzcocks bandmate Pete Shelley. The majority of the material on the album was written by Devoto in collaboration with guitarist and founding member John McGeoch. "Motorcade" was co-written with the group's keyboardist, Bob Dickinson, who played with the group in mid-1977 before being dismissed. The music for the album's final track, "Parade", was written by Dickinson's replacement, Dave Formula, with bassist Barry Adamson.

Having toured much of the album through 1977 and early 1978, the group's then lineup of Devoto (vocals), McGeoch (guitar and saxophone), Adamson (bass), Formula (keyboards) and Martin Jackson (drums) recorded the album in sessions using the Virgin Mobile and at Abbey Road Studios between March and April 1978. The album was produced and engineered by John Leckie.

The original artwork and monoprint for the album was designed by Linder, with photography by Adrian Boot.

Release[edit]

Real Life was released on LP and cassette in June 1978. It peaked at No. 29 on the UK Album Chart.[3]

The album was reissued in remastered form by Virgin/EMI in 2007, along with the other three of the band's first four studio albums, and included four bonus tracks and liner notes by Kieron Tyler.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music favourable[4]
Stylus B+[5]
Uncut very favourable[6]

Real Life has been critically acclaimed since its release. Melody Maker declared that "no one that has the slightest interest in the present and future of rock 'n' roll should rest until they've heard Real Life".[citation needed]

Legacy[edit]

Real Life is included on several "best of" lists.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Howard Devoto

Side A
No. Title Music Length
1. "Definitive Gaze"   Howard Devoto, John McGeoch 4:25
2. "My Tulpa"   Howard Devoto, John McGeoch 4:47
3. "Shot by Both Sides"   Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley 4:01
4. "Recoil"   Howard Devoto, John McGeoch 2:50
5. "Burst"   Howard Devoto 5:00
Side B
No. Title Music Length
6. "Motorcade"   Howard Devoto, Bob Dickinson 5:41
7. "The Great Beautician in the Sky"   Howard Devoto, John McGeoch 4:56
8. "The Light Pours Out of Me"   Howard Devoto, John McGeoch, Pete Shelley 4:36
9. "Parade"   Barry Adamson, Dave Formula 5:08

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album
Chart (1978) Peak
position
UK Album Chart 29[3]
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Shot by Both Sides" UK Singles Chart 41[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Real Life – Magazine | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards |". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Monroe, Jazz (12 March 2015). "Radiohead's The Bends At 20: The Story Of An Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Cynicism Classic". NME. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Magazine | Artist | Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Easlea, Daryl (13 March 2007). "BBC – Music – Review of Magazine – Real Life, Secondhand Daylight, Correct Use of Soap, Magic, Murder and the Weather". BBC Music. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Parrish, Peter (4 May 2007). "Magazine – Real Life / Secondhand Daylight / The Correct Use of Soap / Magic, Murder and the Weather – Review – Stylus Magazine". Stylus. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Mueller, Andrew. "Magazine – Reissues – uncut.co.uk". Uncut. Retrieved 23 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  8. ^ "Artists Beginning with M (part 1)". The Guardian. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Magazine Real Life". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 

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