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Girl: Wasted Youth

Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 12:05AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments16 Comments

girlwastedyouth.jpgIt’s Wednesday, and time for another Girl review. Today, a look at the 1982 Jet Records release Wasted Youth.

Wasted Youth picks up where Sheer Greed left off but features a slicker, more heavily produced feel. The track listing looks like this:

 

 

 

 

Thru the Twilight
Old Dogs
Ice In The Blood
Wasted Youth
Standard Romance
Nice N’ Nasty
McKitty’s Back
19
Overnight Angels
Sweet Kids

Just like Sheer Greed, Wasted Youth has some killer songs. Here, Girl pulls from their 70s rock influences, but also come into their own a bit more. Tracks like “Nice N’ Nasty,” “McKitty’s Back” and “Old Dogs” are highlights. This album again features Phil Lewis on vocals, plus Phil Collen and Gerry Laffy on guitars and Simon Laffy on bass. New drummer Pete Barnacle rounds out the rhythm section.

“McKitty’s Back” features a unique tempo change, good dual guitar stylings and Phil’s signature rasp. Not to be outdone, “Old Dogs” has interesting lyrics and punched-up production. For much of the song, Lewis’ voice is front and center until the chorus comes into play. Then, the song is a hybrid of early Hollywood Rose and the Doobie Brothers. Seriously.

My favorite song on Wasted Youth is “19.” The track is Montrose-meets Led Zeppelin-meets modern sleaze. Perfect. I love that Phil Lewis just about screams all the lyrics and the timing is off ever so slightly. Sometimes the pure charm of an album is lost in post-production. Here, a (very) few mistakes remain, and it really adds to overall listening experience. Plus, I love the line “19, I feel like 92.” No truer words were spoken.

To me, the most obvious Aerosmith-like song on Wasted Youth is “Overnight Angels.” The track is a solid little rocker about, well, rock.  Sometimes it’s best not to try and reinvent the wheel. Wasted Youth is a very strong effort from a band that should have been huge.

Here's the video for "Sweet Kids."


Reader Comments (16)

I first heard of Girl when Phil Collin joined Def Leppard. I think I heard maybe one song by them on a compilation a long time ago. I remember liking it, but certainly remember nothing else about. I have just never gotten around to tracking any of their stuff down.
October 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
Mark, the good news is, it seems they are going to reissue some stuff on CD sometime really soon, so these reviews are very timely. Gettng the stuff is really hard right now, I've lost out on a few Girl CDs this past week on ebay, and Allyson has lost out in her attempts to buy vinyl.
October 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Good review Allyson!
October 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Christian you going to the Maiden gig in Sydney?
October 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
Yes, Billy, both shows in Sydney ( got killer seats for the second one ) and on the floor in gold in Melbourne. You going ?
October 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Yeah but I got nose bleed seats. Doesn't really worry me though because my mate works as a security guard at Acer Arena and normally comes up with wrist bands for me on the floor. I recently saw the Axel Rose band as I call it these days for free and was basically front row. Hopefully he will be rostered for Maiden and do the same for me :-) Regardless we'll catch up preshow and have a few beers together forsure.
October 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
Cool, sounds awesome. I had to join the fan club for mine. Yeah, I was front row for the Axl band. Wasn't Sebastian awesome ? His new songs blow the new Axl stuff out of the water. The Axl band was plain boring IMO. I left half way through, got some food, and came back in for the rest from the back.
October 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
We would have been close to each other then I was right up against the rail for Baz. He blew Axel off the planet just like he did at Eastern Creek back in 1992. I'm a BIG Skid Row fan and the fact that he played all the old stuff just made my night. To be honest with you I was ready to go home after that he is what todays rockstars lack if you want my honest opinion.Axel was only good for the first 4 songs they absolutley pumped but the show then became too melowed out. The Gunners should have just sorted their shit out like the crue and did a proper reunion tour it just would have made more sense.
October 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
I saw GnR in Adelaide.

Yeah, Baz killed them. Every time I thought GnR would do something good, they noodled for a half hour and played a crappy new song. And, why does he need 2 drumers, 3 guitars and keys to play mostly Appetite songs ?
October 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Not to mention how late he came on stage. Speaking of his session players they magaed to screw up every freaking solo that Slash and Co mastered. I was so pissed off and I didn't even pay to go and watch them.
October 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
Yeah, Axl has no respect for his fans. I don't care what time he likes to get up, I have a job to go to the next day.

The other question is, why is it that he always needs a player with a hat ? First it was Slash ( respect to him ), the KFC moron, and now some guy who looks like a hillbilly child molestor.
October 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
How funny was the Hillbilly guys solo!!!

He looked like a total dick during that performance.

Are any of you guys on facebook?
October 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
I'm not. I have a myspace that I never use for anything at all, that's about it.

I think I was out for his solo.
October 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
@ Christian...good observation...hahaha
October 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRoh
Yeah, Baz killed them. Every time I thought GnR would do something good, they noodled for a half hour and played a crappy new song. And, why does he need 2 drumers, 3 guitars and keys to play mostly Appetite songs ?
February 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralejo
"To me, the most obvious Aerosmith-like song on Wasted Youth is “Overnight Angels.”"
Phil Collen plagarized this song from the original writer, Micky Tickton, when he was in Tush. The original was titled 'Home'. Micky actually wrote the song before Phil joined Tush. After the band split Phil joined Girl and used the 'Home' music but changed the title and lyrics. Micky was never credited for the song, regardless of how much it made.
April 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTony Miles

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