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Girl - 1981 Wasted Youth

ALBUM: Wasted Youth
YEAR: 1981
CD REISSUE: Reissue List
SPONSOR: Rock Candy Records


LINEUP: Phil Lewis - vocals * Phil Collen - guitars * Gerry Laffy - guitars * Simon Laffy - bass * Pete Barnacle - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Thru The Twilite * 02 Old Dogs * 03 Ice In The Blood * 04 Wasted Youth * 05 Standard Romance * 06 Nice N Nasty * 07 Mckitty's Back * 08 19 * 09 Overnight Angels * 10 Sweet Kids

On the back of our article for Girl's debut album 'Sheer Greed' comes their second and final record: 'Wasted Youth'. Unlike the debut's situation where the band were encouraged and guided in the studio by producer Chris Tsangarides, there would be no such repeat the second time around. The record label Jet sill wanted their pound of flesh from the band, but unfortunately neither Jet nor Girl would buckle, in terms of how each wanted the album to sound. Jet still hell-bent on a NWOBHM meets metal style, while Girl preferred the 70's glam and grit, a la Japan, Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones. Though the band were ready to record months ahead of schedule, this impasse dragged on for so long, the band had to go out on tour to make some money.

The Songs
By the time 'Wasted Youth' was recorded and presented to Jet execs, the label hated it, and the thing had to be re-recorded. Girl were already exhausted and disinterested, and you could tell their hearts weren't really in it. The band transitioned between two new drummers, as original recruit Dave Gaynor had departed. Bryson Graham and Pete Barnacle played on different tracks, but their playing styles were contrasting, giving an uneven listening experience. Despite this, the album contains some useful moments. 'Thru The Twilite', Wasted Youth' and 'Standard Romance' all rock along with some zing, 'Sweet Kids' is a belter with some serious attitude. As a package, it probably doesn't compete with 'Sheer Greed' but I think it has its merits, even though the band would probably disagree.

In Summary
After the release of the album, Girl went out on tour again supporting their album and also label-mates Ozzy Osbourne and the Blizzard Of Ozz. 'Wasted Youth' didn't fare as well as 'Sheer Greed' in the UK album charts, making it to #92. During 1982, Phil Collen was then approached to replace Pete Willis in Def Leppard, and his departure, coupled with Girl and Jet Records going their separate ways, was the beginning of the end. The band did release some demo material after Collen's departure, and these can be found on the 1998 retrospective album 'Killing Time'. Apart from Collen's successful shift to Def Leppard, Phil Lewis himself moved onto his own successful stint in Los Angeles, joining the band L.A Guns alongside Tracii Guns, after a brief stint with the British band Torme between 1985 and 1986.

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#1 | Jez on September 13 2016 13:55:54
Good second release, but nowhere near the outstanding debut that was 'Sheer Greed'. Some of the tracks are definately 'Filler' Material, but there are redeeming qualities in ' Thru The Twilight' ' Old Dogs' and The title track. If you have to get a Girl Album, definately go for the debut first though.
#2 | tompa on September 13 2016 16:40:34
Only about half the songs are any good and I was utterly disappointed when buying it back in '82. 'Thru the twilite' is one of those really great albumopeners, though.
#3 | Explorer on September 13 2016 16:42:56
Have to agree with the previous comments, half an album's worth and that's about it.
#4 | Nick C on September 13 2016 17:56:13
When it came out I was disappointed when compared to Sheer Greed - but I've always liked it. It wasn't as focussed but songs like Overnight Angels and Ice in the Blood along with the aforementioned are great. There's no single song I really dislike it just wasn't as cohesive as what went before. I had the demos that eventually surfaced as Killing Time on dodgy tape for quite a long time beforehand so it was nice when that was released.
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