Stegzy's Music Project

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Cigarettes and Alcohol: Volume 2 – Various Artists (#274)

on March 16, 2015

Cigarettes and alcoholCigarettes and Alcohol: Volume 2  – Various Artists

Compilations like this give compilations like this a bad name.

Think of a barrel. Imagine the bottom of the barrel. Scrape the barrel. Mentally dig right through the wood at the bottom of the barrel with your bare hands. Imagine the sound of your nails splintering through the wood.

That would probably sound better than this two disc compilation.

Perhaps I’m being a bit harsh. It seems like the compiler of this compilation had been tasked, presumably after the success of compiling Cigarettes and Alcohol: Volume 1, to reenact their skill in compiling a compilation around a certain topic, in this case “lad culture”.

Yet it fails. It’s too disjointed thematically. For example the track list:

Disc 1

1. Cum on feel the noize – Oasis
2. Should I stay or should I go – The Clash
3. Town called malice – The Jam
4. Stay with me – The Faces
5. Rocks – Primal Scream
6. All day and all of the night – The Stranglers
7. Do or die – Super Furry Animals
8. You stole the sun from my heart – Manic Street Preachers
9. Little respect – Wheatus
10. Cool for cats – Squeeze
11. Baggy trousers – Madness
12. Too much too young – The Specials
13. Connected – Stereo MCs
14. Hallelujah – Happy Mondays
15. Blue Monday – New Order
16. Unbelievable – EMF
17. The only one I love – The Charlatans
18. Sunny afternoon – The Kinks
19. All the young dudes – Mott The Hoople
Disc: 2
1. Have a nice day – Stereophonics
2. The riverboat song – Ocean Colour Scene
3. Lazy Sunday afternoon – The Small Faces
4. Don’t let me down gently – The Wonderstuff
5. Save tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry
6. Come back to what you know – Embrace
7. Don’t dream it’s over – Crowded House
8. Achilles heal – Toploader
9. Snow – JJ72
10. Everybody’s happy nowadays – Buzzcocks
11. Love removal machine – The Cult
12. Another girl, another planet – The Only Ones
13. Whiskey in the jar – Thin Lizzy
14. What a waste – Ian Drury
15. ‘Coz I luv you – Slade
16. Baby I love you – Ramones
17. Lucky you – The Lightning Seeds
18. This charming man – The Smiths
19. Here’s where the story ends – The Sundays
20. 19-2000 – Gorillaz

It’s always difficult to do compilations. Some work some don’t. Similarly, it’s difficult to write entries in the Music Project for compilations too, which is a shame as there are many on the horizon. Thankfully this was a “gift” from Jamie and there are some songs on it that I like so I don’t feel entirely robbed.



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