CD Reviews

The Wildhearts - 'Fishing For Luckies' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     March 01, 2011    
0.0 (0)
7439   0   1   0   0   0

Another splendid release.

The trials and tribulations that befell The Wildhearts second album 'Fishing For Luckies' perfectly encapsulate the chaos and lack of managerial direction that so many of the bands mistakes can be put down to. Originally intended as a 1994 fan club only release, (although the songs were meant to be part of a double album with the songs from 'P.H.U.Q.', an idea the record company rejected) 'Fishing For Luckies' saw the band really stretch out into what can almost be described as progressive metal/rock/punk/pop, with four tracks clocking in at over seven minutes and one of the other two being a folked up tip of the hat to life in The North. To confuse matters The Wildhearts record company of the time East West had other ideas when the band's second full album 'P.H.U.Q.' made a hefty impact on the charts, and (against the band's wishes) re-released 'FFL' as 'Fishing For More Luckies' in 1995 with three extra tracks. That version was quickly pulled from the shelves, but a year later the confusion was compounded further with a third version of the album simply titles 'Fishing For Luckies' appearing with yet another change of track listing and let's not go into the fact that the vinyl version adds even more songs!

Disappointingly Lemon Recordings have chosen not to try and finally group all of these songs together with this reissue, but in fairness they have included all of the tracks from the original fan club release with the two stand alone singles - the wonderful 'Sick Of Drugs' and 'Red Light, Green Light'. Also on disc one come four further songs that did make some versions of 'Fishing For...' releases, 'Soul Searching On Planet Earth (Different Kind Of Love), 'Mood Swings And Roundabouts', 'In Like Flynn' and 'Nite Songs'. Of the initial six songs to make the fan release, 'Inglorious' is an audacious and sprawling mixture of mad riffs and harmony vocals that really sums exactly what this band are all about, while the short sharp blast of 'If Life Is Like A Lovebank I Want An Overdarft' proves that a song can still be challenging and jumping even when the chorus is king. 'Schizophonic' lives up to its name by leaping from catchy clean guitars to massive slabs of riffs and back again like a mind boggling pendulum, before 'Channel Bop' extols the virtues of finger flicking on the sofa with the type of raucous, yet smart meter changes and tempo shifts that show what a talented bunch of musicians The Wildhearts always have been (something that is all too often forgotten). Lastly comes the pairing of squeeze box and acoustic guitar that make up the bass drum thumping folk track 'Geordie In Wonderland', which was the subject of a rather bizarre rendition on 'Top Of The Pops', and my own personal favourite 'Sky Babies' which once again flits between massive hammer strikes of guitar and slower break outs that show the more (power) pop side of the band.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

As with all four of these reissues from Lemon, there is a bonus disc of b'sides and extras, although two of the songs this time 'Caffeine Bomb' and 'Suckerpunch' are also available on 'Earth Vs...'. That said the rest of the songs are far from being throwaway with the marvellously titled 'Shut Your Fucking Mouth And Use Your Fucking Brain', 'Hate The World Day' and '29xThe Pain' (the latter of which has become a live anthem for the band) once more being the equal of anything this band have committed to an album. 'Fishing For Luckies' in all of its guises is another perfect example of why The Wildhearts should be a (broad minded) household name and is another splendid release.

Steven Reid

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  August 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 3 weeks ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site