Fireworks

CD Reviews

The Wildhearts - 'Endless Nameless' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/e3/0c/0f/1047_TheWildheartsEndlessNameless_1298930551.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     February 28, 2011    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
6279   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

One of Britain's most under rated bands ever.

Things had begun to look up for The Wildhearts after 'P.H.U.Q.', with that album going straight into the top ten in the UK and a tour supporting AC/DC around Europe also being a huge success. However with the band's label East West continuing to upset the band at every move, most noticeably by releasing albums of material that were unsanctioned by the band, the chance to continue that tour across America was scuppered after only a few dates when Ginger and the boys finally got their wish and parted from their label. A new deal was quickly inked with Mushroom Records (outside East West's offices!) and the band set about recording a new album. That said, on a personal level, if the cracks had started to appear during the recording of 'P.H.U.Q.', then by the time that 1997's 'Endless Nameless' arrived they were gaping wounds. The previously unknown Jeff Streatfield had arrived to fill the vacant guitar position, but by the time he clocked in, it was just as important to Ginger, Danny and Ritch to find someone who could keep up with their drinking and drug taking, as it was to find a talented musician. That's not meant in any way to detract from Streatfield's six string ability, but with what can at best be described as a "challenging" sound on the resultant album, whether Jeff was an axe slinger extraordinaire quickly became a moot point.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Mushroom Records were happy enough when The Wildhearts announced that they intended to take their sound into an altogether heavier direction, but nobody could have envisioned the overly distorted, almost white noise and metallic clanging drum beats that buried the songs. With hindsight the band have admitted that this was mostly down to substance abuse clouding their judgement, but in their defence producer Ralph Jezzard (EMF/Senseless Things) has to take more than his fair share of the blame and Mushroom did approve what the band were doing. Most of the songs are of a high standard with 'Norse Maximum', 'Urge', 'Anthem' and 'Pissjoy' standing out, the problem is that they are held hostage by the harshness of the sound. Unfortunately even after all these years, this album is still a tough listening experience and one that for newcomers to the band will make 'Endless Nameless' hard to get through in one sitting. The Wildhearts would go on a four year hiatus after this album and in truth during that time there seemed little likelihood that they would ever return.

The bonus disc for this album groups together the ten songs that were released on the various guises of the 'Urge' and 'Anthem' singles, with 'So Good To Be Back Home', 'He's A Whore' and 'Zomboid' all impressing, but as with the main album all the songs suffer from the same dense wall of noise hiding any glimpse of a melody. Of the four Wildhearts reissues that Lemon Recordings have released, 'Endless Nameless' is the only one that I would approach with caution, with the other three being amongst my favourite albums of all time. The reissues themselves are of the highest order, with great liner notes from the likes of Dave Ling and Jerry Ewing (both of Classic Rock) making for a great potted history of the band and the addition of some hard to come by bonus tracks across the four discs not only adding value for money, but making these interesting purchases for long time fans of The Wildhearts and those keen to explore one of Britain's most under rated bands ever.

Steven Reid

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  September 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
        1
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
  9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 3 hours ago
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please
  • Gazza2005 : It’s Fireworks 80
  • Gazza2005 : Just paid for my online version / download but I keep getting failure message. All paid for so what is going on
  • Berny : Sorted! Thanks for your patience, enjoy the magazine! :)
  • HenningHallq : Hey guys! I purchased FIREWORKS #87 yesterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account. Can you help me with this? Thanks a lot!
  • Siodmak : Really thanks !!!!
  • Berny : @Siodmak: Pls. do not worry about the error message, we currently have to process orders manually because of a n issue with our payment system. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but the redirection from PayPal to our shop does not work as it should, that's why your purchase is not assigned automatically. We are working on it! Sorry for the troubles & thanks for your understanding. We hope you like the new issue of Fireworks! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys : - ) same problem as with previous number: just purchased Fireworks Mag. 87, and this is the message: "We are sorry, but it looks like your transaction failed". I've paid it with paypol. Thanks for your help!!
  • Berny : @Raphone @colorvine: You should have received your download instructions by now, if you haven't, pls. send a mail to «email» - Sorry for the troubles!
  • colorvine : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys! Purchased FIREWORKS #86 and paid by my paypal, but there is no download link on my account. Can you please help me? tnks ; - )
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site