Repeat When Necessary

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Repeat When Necessary
Studio album by
Released8 June 1979[1]
StudioEden Studios, London[2]
LabelSwan Song
ProducerDave Edmunds
Dave Edmunds chronology
Tracks on Wax 4
Repeat When Necessary
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
Smash Hits7/10[5]
The Village VoiceA−[6]

Repeat When Necessary is the fifth 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 Mr. 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" (Alex Call, John Ciambotti, Sean Hopper, Huey Lewis, John McFee, Michael Schriener) – 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[7]
  • UK-39
  • US-54




  1. ^ "Random Notes". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (293): 46. June 14, 1979.
  2. ^ "Long Player: Rockpile delivered guitar-driven treasures". 8 December 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Repeat When Necessary – Dave Edmunds". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  4. ^ Hull, Tom (2004). "Dave Edmunds". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 272. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ Starr, Red (12–25 July 1979). "Albums". Smash Hits: 25.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (30 July 1979). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Swedish Charts Portal". Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  8. ^