“Welcome the return of that shivery feeling…”
“I was kidnapped by aliens,” says the author of Another Girl, Another Planet when asked about the 15 years in the wilderness between The Only Ones’ split and this 1996 high quality, low-key comeback album. Deemed ‘over-produced’ by some, it’s a far more cohesive and satisfying collection than 1981’s Baby’s Got a Gun. The lyrics along are astounding; painfully autobiographical songs about “The squalor of success, the luxury of failure” and “Frugal men and devious women”. Romantic highs and lows, all filled with poetic allusions and rich vocabulary.
For their part, The One, more than the surrogate Only Ones, included the hugely talented ex-Genteels guitarist Jay Price and keyboard whiz Miyuki, who make invaluable contributions. The standout track by a nose, which almost reaches the stratospheric heights of Another Girl…, is Shivers. A list song à la My Favourite Things, it sees Perrett describing his music (“Notes bent out of shape and shiverin’”), songs (“Communication of attitude, going in and out of rhyme”) and exactly how devotees feel about him (“Just the mention of his name gives me shivers”). For Perrett himself, a cover of The Kinks’ I’m Not Like Everybody Else is a perfect descriptive.