Wreckless Eric (album)

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Wreckless Eric
Wreckless Eric LP.jpg
Studio album by Wreckless Eric
Released 1 June 1978 (1978-06-01)
Recorded 1977-78
Studio Bar Snack Studios
Length 38:31
Label Stiff
Wreckless Eric chronology
Wreckless Eric
The Wonderful World of Wreckless Eric
(1978)The Wonderful World of Wreckless Eric1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Wreckless Eric which was Wreckless Eric's debut album, was released on 1 June 1978. It reached number 46 on the UK Albums Chart.[2]

A 10" version of the LP was issued on both brown and purple vinyl in the UK. These versions omitted the tracks "Whole Wide World" and "Telephoning Home." The full-length version of the LP was also issued on green vinyl in Germany.

It was reissued on CD for a limited time in 1994 by Disky Communications and included three bonus tracks: the "Whole Wide World" single B-side "Semaphore Signals" and two versions of Devo's "Be Stiff," a song that many artists on the Stiff Records label had covered as a promotional vehicle.

According to Eric's website, most versions of this LP feature speeded-up versions of the tracks in which the songs are a semitone higher than recorded.[3] Some of these versions have also appeared on various compilations throughout the years.

In a 1995 interview with Peter Doggett (found on the limited edition Rykodisc release An Overview Disc), former Stiff Records label-mate Elvis Costello mentions that, due to their unusual vocal styles, Stiff had originally envisioned a split LP between himself and Eric, with each artist taking one side of the record.

Track listing[edit]

1978 release[edit]

All songs written by Wreckless Eric, except where noted.

  1. "Reconnez Cherie" 3:15
  2. "Rags and Tatters" 1:28
  3. "Waxworks" 2:46
  4. "Telephoning Home" 3:59
  5. "Grown Ups" 2:54
  6. "Whole Wide World" 2:52
  7. "Rough Kids" (Ian Dury, Russell Hardy) 2:02
  8. "Personal Hygiene" 2:42
  9. "Brain Thieves" 3:48
  10. "There Isn't Anything Else" 2:35

1994 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Semaphore Signals"
  2. "Be Stiff" (Version 1) (Gerald V. Casale, Bob Lewis)
  3. "Be Stiff" (Version 2)




  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Wreckless Eric - Wreckless Eric | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 611. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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