The Only Ones (album)

The Only Ones is the debut studio album by English power pop band The Only Ones, released in 1978 by Columbia Records. It was produced by the Only Ones themselves, with the assistance of Robert Ash and was mixed at Basing St., Escape and CBS.

The Only Ones
Only Ones - The Only Ones album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1978 (UK)
  • The Only Ones
  • Robert Ash
The Only Ones chronology
The Only Ones
Even Serpents Shine

The album was re-released in Europe in 2009 on Sony Music Entertainment, featuring bonus content. The reissue was a CD which comprises 13-tracks. It includes the original album digitally remastered from the original 1/2" mix tapes; alongside three bonus tracks.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music     [2]
The Irish Times     [3]
Mojo     [4]
Record Collector     [5]
Sounds     [6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide10/10[7]

Trouser Press called it "the best of the three original albums" in which "Perrett's languid vocals and songs provide the character and focus, while the band's skills carry it off handsomely".[8] The album is still widely admired by British critics. In 1994, The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music named The Only Ones one of the 50 best punk albums of all-time. The compilers claimed that the Only Ones were "the closest thing the UK had to Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers, a laconic, shamble of a band who were, at moments, touched by a creative greatness that made you get out of the glare".[9]

Since the end of the 1990s, the album has also appeared on several all-time greatest albums lists.[10][11][12] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[13]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Peter Perrett.

Side one
1."The Whole of the Law"2:38
2."Another Girl, Another Planet"3:02
3."Breaking Down"4:52
4."City of Fun"3:32
5."The Beast"5:47
Side two
6."Creature of Doom"2:35
7."It's the Truth"2:07
8."Language Problem"2:28
9."No Peace for the Wicked"2:51
10."The Immortal Story"3:57
Total length:33:49
2009 remastered version bonus tracks
11."Lovers of Today"3:12
12."Peter and the Pets"3:04
13."As My Wife Says"1:53


The Only Ones
Session musicians
Production team
  • Robert Ash – production, engineering
  • The Only Ones – production
  • Ed Hollis – various engineering
  • Steve Lillywhite – various engineering
  • John Burns – various engineering
  • Ian Maidman – various engineering
  • John Dent – mastering
  • Peter "Kodick" Gravelle – cover photography


Chart (1978) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 56


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "The Only Ones – The Only Ones". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Only Ones". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (13 February 2009). "The Only Ones: The Only Ones / Even Serpents Shine / Baby's Got a Gun (Sony Music)". The Irish Times. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  4. ^ "The Only Ones: The Only Ones". Mojo. p. 120. Perrett's tremulous, wounded vocal fitted intoxicatingly throughout with Perry's delicious soloing and dark, mesmerising melodies.
  5. ^ Rigby, Paul (October 2007). "The Only Ones – The Only Ones". Record Collector. No. 341. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  6. ^ Dadomo, Giovanni (13 May 1978). "The Only Ones: The Only Ones (CBS 82830)". Sounds. Retrieved 24 October 2020 – via Rock's Backpages.
  7. ^ Walsh, Jim (1995). "Only Ones". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. pp. 280–81. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  8. ^ Robbins, Ira; Schinder, Scott. "Only Ones". Trouser Press. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  9. ^ Larkin, Colin (1994). All Time Top 1000 Albums. Enfield: Guinness Publishing. p. 246. ISBN 0-85112-786-X.
  10. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (1998). Encyclopedia of Albums: 1,000 Best-Ever Albums. Bristol: Dempsey Parr. p. 163. ISBN 1-84084-031-5. This is their most satisfying, most focused collection, unsullied by the drugs and disillusionment that characterised their demise
  11. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2005). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. London: Cassell. p. 401. Preferring flawed romance to fiery nihilism, Perrett peppered this 1978 debut with offerings of paranoid beauty
  12. ^ "1000 albums to hear before you die – Artists beginning with O". The Guardian. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2020. Frontman Peter Perrett was living the Pete Doherty lifestyle long before the Libertine, but found time to add his trademark narcotic drawl to John Perry's skyscraping fretwork in songs as stratospheric as Another Girl, Another Planet. If Babyshambles sounded like this, they'd fill stadiums.
  13. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (revised and updated ed.). Universe Publishing. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 November 2020.

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