Rikki And The Last Days Of Earth - 4 Minute Warning

Rikki And The Last Days Of Earth - 4 Minute Warning

Original Release Date

1978

Release Information

UK LP 1978 (DJM - DJF 20526)

A1 For The Last Days...
A2 City Of The Damned
A3 Outcast
A4 B Movie
A5 Picture Of Dorian Gray
A6 No Wave (It's So Simple...)
B1 Aleister Crowley
B2 Amsterdam
B3 Solo Street
B4 Loaded
B5 Twilight Jack
B6 Victimized
B7 4 Minute Warning

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UK CDR ???? (Retro - RR039). Bootleg

1 For The Last Days... 2:21
2 City Of The Damned 2:14
3 Outcast 3:23
4 B Movie 3:09
5 Picture Of Dorian Gray 4:01
6 No Wave (It's So Simple...) 3:40
7 Aleister Crowley 2:42
8 Amsterdam 3:08
9 Solo Street 3:38
10 Loaded 2:47
11 Twilight Jack 3:01
12 Victimized 1:58
13 4 Minute Warning 4:37
14 City Of The Damned (Live) 2:50
15 Picture Of Dorian Grey (Live) 4:13

14-15: Oundle Rocsoc 7", gig freebie, 1977

Chart Placings

None

Credits

All tracks written and produced by Rikki Sylvan
Sleeve design: Roy Simpson Limited

Additional Credits

Rikki Sylvan - vocals
Valac Van Der Veene - guitar
Andy Prince - bass
Hugh Inge Innes Lillingstone - drums
Nik Weiss - keyboards

Reviews & Opinions

MICK FARREN, NME, 18th FEBRUARY 1978: So what do we have here? On the cover they look like a bunch of punks. On the record they sound like a heavy metal band trying to drag themselves into the present day. They've obviously listened to an awful lot of records. There's bits and pieces of - well, you name it and it's probably in there somewhere - slabs of John Cale, leavings of the Doors, a pinch of Sabbath, even traces of B Ferry lurking around the edge. Rikki Sylvan obviously fancies himself as a poet. He writes these long songs with lots of words, long words even. Unfortunately, none of the ingredients ever really blend. Sad to say, what we have as end product is overblown, confusing pomp rock that hasn't worked out that melodrama isn't the same thing as energy. It's like one of those American colour televisions that come in Mock Tudor cabinets because some jerk in Minneapolis thinks it's got class. Next, please.

DAVE THOMSPON, ALLMUSIC: The opening lines say it all: "My name's Rikki Sylvan and these are the Last Days of Earth." And though you still don't know whether he was referring to his band, or to the end of the world, at the time it really didn't matter. So what if Sylvan's voice emulated a petulant Bryan Ferry', so what, too, if the Last Days' synth-led assault occasionally let its ambition get in the way of its abilities. Listening through what remains one of the most individual albums of 1977-1978, it's not hard to guess which one he thought he meant. The world was about to fall apart, and Rikki Sylvan was here to orchestrate Armageddon. Sylvan's vicious vision of decadence, darkness, and destruction is painted in mile-high neon. The end of the world, after all, is no time for understatement or allegory, and occasionally, the band sounds as desperate as the scenarios they're describing, a bleakness so profound that they're not even sure that they'll live long enough to even finish the record. Of course, Four Minute Warning's antecedents bleed all over the floor. Bowie, the Velvet Underground, Roxy Music, Doctors of Madness -- anyone, in fact, who has prophesied disaster from atop a spiky, raunchy roar built on the shifting sands of angst, anger, and alienation. Later in life, Ultravox, Tubeway Army, and the Human League would take that direction to the top of the charts. But even they will admit that the Last Days came first.

150CKOC CLASSIC HITS: Rikki and the Last Days of Earth exploded out of Britain's punk underground in mid-1977, one of the most audaciously forward-looking bands of the entire era, and one whose output screams louder for re-evaluation with every passing year. Four Minute Warning, the band's one and only album, remains one of the most exciting, eccentric, and effervescent LPs of 1978, especially if your musical tastes take the same turning away from primal Diamond Doggerel as fueled the Doctors of Madness and powered the original Ultravox -- the same turn, of course, that Gary Numan would develop into a minimalistic art form before the decade was over. In 1978, however, that was about as fashionable as the Twist. Like the Doctors and Ultravox, Rikki and the Last Days of Earth had caught a glimpse of the future. It wasn't their fault that nobody was ready for it.

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