Wreckless Eric (album)

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Wreckless Eric
Wreckless Eric LP.jpg
Studio album by Wreckless Eric
Released June 1, 1978
Genre Rock
Label Stiff Records
Producer Barry Farmer, Larry Wallis, Ian Dury and Nick Lowe
Wreckless Eric chronology
Wreckless Eric
The Wonderful World of Wreckless Eric
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. "(I'd Go The) 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][dead link]

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