Repeat When Necessary

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Repeat When Necessary
Studio album by Dave Edmunds
Released 9 June 1979[1]
Recorded Eden Studios, London[2]
Genre Rock
Length 34:10
Label Swan Song
Producer Dave Edmunds
Dave Edmunds chronology
Tracks on Wax 4
Repeat When Necessary
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A−[4]
Smash Hits 7/10[5]

Repeat When Necessary is an album by Welsh rock musician Dave Edmunds.

Recording and release[edit]

Produced by Edmunds, it was released in 1979 by Swan Song Records (see 1979 in music). It was recorded and released at the same time as Nick Lowe's Labour of Lust, and features the same lineup of musicians: Edmunds, Lowe, Billy Bremner and Terry Williams, collectively known as Rockpile.


"Girls Talk", written by Elvis Costello, Graham Parker's "Crawling from the Wreckage" and the Hank DeVito-penned "Queen of Hearts" are among the highlights of this album. Juice Newton would cover "Queen of Hearts" in an arrangement virtually identical to Edmunds' on Juice, her 1981 breakthrough album.

Among the more obscure covers on the album are "Dynamite" (originally recorded by Cliff Richard) and "Take Me For A Little While" (originally recorded by Evie Sands and later covered by Dusty Springfield and Vanilla Fudge). "Home In My Hand" had been recorded seven years previously by Nick Lowe's old band, Brinsley Schwarz. "Bad is Bad", written by Huey Lewis, would later be recorded by Lewis and his band the News for their 1983 multi-platinum album Sports.

LP track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Girls Talk" (Elvis Costello) – 3:25
  2. "Crawling from the Wreckage" (Graham Parker) – 2:53
  3. "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" (Billy Bremner) – 3:52
  4. "Sweet Little Lisa" (Donivan Cowart, Martin Cowart, Hank DeVito) – 3:38
  5. "Dynamite" (Ian Samwell) – 2:33

Side two[edit]

  1. "Queen of Hearts" (Hank DeVito) – 3:17
  2. "Home in My Hand" (Ronnie Self) – 3:20
  3. "Goodbye Mister Good Guy" (Pat Meager, Bremner) – 2:40
  4. "Take Me for a Little While" (Trade Martin) – 2:39
  5. "We Were Both Wrong" (Bremner) – 2:42
  6. "Bad Is Bad" (Huey Lewis) – 3:11

Note: Bremner used the pseudonym "Billy Murray" for all his writing credits on the album.


Additional personnel[edit]

Album Charts[edit]

Sweden-17[6] UK-39 US-54