!Action Pact! - Survival Of The Fattest

!Action Pact! - Survival Of The Fattest

Original Release Date

1984

Release Information

UK LP 1984 (Fall Out - FALL LP 030)

A1 Open Your Eyes
A2 Optimism
A3 Keep It Lickin' Over
A4 Have Fun
A5 Up On The Heath
A6 Johnny Fontaine
B1 Yet Another Dole Queue Song
B2 Cocktail Credibility
B3 Who's To Blame?
B4 Human Beings
B5 Voice In The Wilderness

Chart Placings

None

Credits

Thistles - bass man
Grimly Fiendish - drummer man
Wild Planet - guitar hero
George - singer

Produced and mixed by Phil "Gunther" Vinall
Tracks 2,3,6,7 recorded with Phil Langham

Reviews & Opinions

PUNKY GIBBON: Sounding a bit old, the Pact finally make it past adolescence: Cheex stops simply shrieking (but still can't sing for toffee), the levity levels are reduced and they are clearly suffering from Second Album Material Shortage Syndrome, with ill-advised excursions into Goth and even reggae. 'Yet Another Dole Queue Song' is one of their best, but too much of the surrounding material drags.

IRA ROBBINS, TROUSER PRESS: Survival of the Fattest (no one said this lot weren't clever) introduces a new member, Thistles (taking over bass from Dr. Phibes), joining George, Grimly Fiendish and Wild Planet in the lineup. Lyrics are slightly refined and subtler; likewise, the music offers more variety and better playing, but George's artless singing — despite flashes of adequacy — remains the group's undoing.

Additional Notes

Only available on CD as a twofer with Mercury Theatre - On The Air!

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