The Only Fun In Town (studio album) by Josef K

The Only Fun In Town by Josef K
Year: 1981
Overall rank: 6,540th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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74/100 (from 46 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1981 (121st)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (996th)
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74/100 (from 46 votes)
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From 03/29/2021 10:34
They certainly had a unique and highly influential guitar sound, (the Wedding Present for example owe them a huge debt), but it's not exactly jangly, its a bit more angular and post-punk like Gang of Four. And on a few songs at a time, this is utterly thrilling, but over the course of an entire album it gets a bit tiresome. Paul Haig's vocals are excellent and it would be good if they had been a bit higher in the mix on this album. (They are on the slightly more poppy alternate production version, which wasn't released until years later). But neither version of the album really captures the energy of the singles. While 'Sorry for Laughing' and 'It's Kinda Funny' are their classic songs, check out the single versions on the compilation 'Young and Stupid' instead of these versions.
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From 09/30/2019 15:54
I just got into Josef K and I love the energy on this album! It's a ton of fun. Also, as with so many post punk bands of this era, there's some really cool bass work on this thing.
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From 05/04/2012 05:57
I love the cover artwork. I love the jangly guitars. I love Postcard Records.
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