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Album: Birth, School, Work, Death
# Song Title   Time
1)    Birth, School, Work, Death
2)    If I Only Had Time
3)    Tell Me Why
4)    It's So Hard
5)    When Am I Coming Down
6)    Cause I Said So
7)    Strangest Boy, The
8)    STB
9)    Just Like You
10)    Obsession
11)    Love Is Dead
12)    Miss That Girl
13)    I Can Only Give You Everything
14)    When Am I Coming Down - (live)
15)    Cold Turkey - (live)
16)    Those Days Are Over - (live)
17)    I'm Unsatisfied - (live)
 

Album: Birth, School, Work, Death
# Song Title   Time
1)    Birth, School, Work, Death
2)    If I Only Had Time
3)    Tell Me Why
4)    It's So Hard
5)    When Am I Coming Down
6)    Cause I Said So
7)    Strangest Boy, The
8)    STB
9)    Just Like You
10)    Obsession
11)    Love Is Dead
12)    Miss That Girl
13)    I Can Only Give You Everything
14)    When Am I Coming Down - (live)
15)    Cold Turkey - (live)
16)    Those Days Are Over - (live)
17)    I'm Unsatisfied - (live)
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Mike Gibson, Kris Dollimore (vocals, guitar); George Mazur (vocals, drums, percussion); Chris Coyne , Peter Coyne (vocals).
  • Liner Note Author: Daryl Easlea.
  • The Godfathers missed the British punk revolution by a decade and were a few years too early before loud guitars became fashionable in England again. Consequently, the group's 1988 LP Birth, School, Work, Death is often overlooked. Released during the U.K. rave craze of the late `80s, Birth, School, Work, Death must've seemed completely dated in the barrage of pulsating electronic sounds that enveloped Britain at the time. Wearing Mafia suits and skinny ties, the Godfathers had a mean look that matched their name. And their sound was similarly tough: brass-knuckled punches in the form of menacing, explosive riffs; venom-spewing, nihilistic vocals; body-slamming percussion. Yet the Godfathers never forget the importance of the hook. The bleak title track -- with its gloomy shouted chorus of "Birth, School, Work, Death" -- has head-bobbing basslines and a toe-tapping drum beat. "I cut myself but I don't bleed/'Cause I don't get what I need/And it doesn't matter what I say/Tomorrow's still another day," Peter Coyne spits, the bile in his voice bringing back memories of Johnny Rotten's snotty rage in the Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" as well Roger Daltrey's adolescent anguish in the Who's "My Generation". "Birth, School, Work, Death" is followed by two other rockers, "If I Only Had Time" and "Tell Me Why", that are equally catchy and filled with ticked-off confessions such as "If I only had time/I'd think of the perfect crime." But the Godfathers are from being one-dimensional. "Just Like You" is an upbeat love song and on "When Am I Coming Down" guitarist Kris Dollimore helps illustrate an acid trip gone wrong with swirling, disorienting guitars that recall Jimi Hendrix' moments of sonic transcendence. Coyne's spoken-word bit in "When Am I Coming Down" is chilling, told from the point-of-view of someone who has just overdosed on drugs. The production by Vic Maile is clean yet it doesn't soften the Godfathers' two-fisted attack. ~ Michael Sutton
Professional Reviews
Uncut (magazine) (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The Godfathers combine a punky sneer with the hard-edged R'n'B of Dr Feelgood."
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