Friday, July 30, 2021

Magazine: Real Life 1978 (Remaster 2007) + The Correct Use Of Soap 1980 (Remaster 2007)

After leaving the Buzzcocks in 1977, vocalist Howard Devoto formed Magazine with guitarist John

McGeoch, bassist Barry Adamson, keyboardist Bob Dickinson, and drummer Martin Jackson. One of the first post-punk bands, Magazine kept the edgy, nervous energy of punk and added elements of art rock, particularly with their theatrical live shows and shards of keyboards. Devoto's lyrics were combinations of social commentary and poetic fragments, while the band alternated between cold, jagged chords and gloomy, atmospheric sonic landscapes.
Devoto left the group in May of 1981 to pursue a solo career and the band broke up shortly afterward.



Real Life is the debut studio album by English rock band Magazine. It was released in June 1978 by

record label Virgin. The album includes the band's debut single "Shot by Both Sides", and was also preceded by the non-album single "Touch and Go", a song from the album's recording sessions.
Real Life has received critical acclaim and is considered a pioneering post-punk record. It has also been described as new wave and art rock.

Magazine ‎– Real Life
Label: Virgin ‎– 0946 3 85293 2 3, Virgin ‎– CDVR 2100
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered 19 Mar 2007
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 1978
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave



Howard Devoto – vocals
John McGeoch – guitar and saxophone
Barry Adamson – bass guitar
Dave Formula – keyboards
Martin Jackson – drums


01. Definitive Gaze  4:29
02. My Tulpa  4:51
03. Shot By Both Sides  4:04
04. Recoil  2:52
05. Burst  5:02
06. Motorcade  5:44
07. The Great Beautician In The Sky  5:00
08. The Light Pours Out Of Me  4:36
09. Parade  5:21

Bonus Tracks

10. Shot By Both Sides (Original Single Version)  4:01
11. My Mind Ain't So Open  2:19
12. Touch And Go  2:58
13. Goldfinger  3:51

"Real Life" (Tracks 1 to 9) originally released in the UK, June 1978 with the catalogue number V 2100.
"Shot By Both Sides - Original Single Version" and "My Mind Ain't So Open" originally released in the UK, January 1978 with the catalogue number VS 200.
"Touch And Go" and "Goldfinger" originally released in the UK, April 1978 with the catalogue number VS 207.

MP3 @ 320 Size: 127 MB
Flac  Size: 368 MB



The Correct Use of Soap is the third studio album by English post-punk band Magazine, released by

Virgin Records in 1980. It contains some of Magazine's best-known and most popular songs, including the singles "A Song from Under the Floorboards" and "Sweetheart Contract" and their cover of Sly and the Family Stone's "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)". A different version of the album, entitled An Alternative Use of Soap, was released in Canada in 1980 by then-distributor Polygram Records.

It was Magazine's last album with original guitarist John McGeoch, who left the band after the release of the album and joined Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Magazine ‎– The Correct Use Of Soap
Label: Virgin ‎– 0946 3 85295 2 1, Virgin ‎– CDVR 2156
Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered 2007
Country: Europe
Released: 1980
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave, Art Rock


Howard Devoto - Vocals
Barry Adamson - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
John Doyle - Drums, Percussion
John McGeoch - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dave Formula - Keyboards
Laura Teresa - Backing Vocals [Additional]   


01. Because You're Frightened     3:57
02. Model Worker     2:53
03. I'm A Party     3:05
04. You Never Knew Me     5:26
05. Philadelphia     4:08
06. I Want To Burn Again     5:17
07. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)     3:40
08. Sweetheart Contract     3:20
09. Stuck     4:07
10. A Song From Under The Floorboards     4:10

Bonus Tracks

11. Twenty Years Ago     3:03
12. The Book     2:22
13. Upside Down     3:47
14. The Light Pours Out Of Me - Version     3:28

MP3 @ 320 Size: 121 MB
Flac  Size: 336 MB

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  1. 2 excellent albums but imo their best is the second album "Secondhand Daylight" which interestingly enough got some bad reviews when it was first released (unlike the other 2 here which were unanimously praised). With the passing of time "Daylight" is now regarded easily as good if not better than the other 2 and is many Magazine fans favourite including mine. Notice I don't mention their 4th album.

    1. @ Mick : I think that Secondhand is their masterpiece.

  2. Thanks a lot for these classic slices of post-punk brilliance. I saw these guys live back in 1980 and, despite their artsy image, they rocked harder than most metal bands.