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Deadline is a street punk band from London, England formed in 2000. They are Liz (vocals), Herve (bass), Mike (guitar), Jon (guitar), and Pascal (Drums). Recommended for fans of Rancid, The Distillers, Blondie, Joan Jett, etc. In January 2016, Deadline announced that they would be taking an extended break.

Selected discography:

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More To It… (2001). 12 tracks. Choice cuts: “Deadline”, “Time To Go”. Other good cuts: “TV Dreams”, “It Girl”, “Love Song”, “Hate Song”, “Violent World”, “No Way Out”, “Sink or Swim”, “On The Run”, “By Numbers”, “Too Many Pints”.

Back For More… (2003). 12 tracks. Choice cuts: “Get Away”, “Last Night”. Other good cuts: “Back For More”, “What You Think”, “One More Day/Sheena Is a Punk Rocker”, “Easy Life”, “Going Away”, “On the Way”, “The Way We Were”, “Liar”, “Round The Bend”, “Time Ran Out”.

Note: Hidden track “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” is a cover of the 1977 punk rock classic by the Ramones.

Getting Serious (2005). 14 tracks. Choice cuts: “Long Way Home”, “This Girl”, “The World Keeps Turning”. Other good cuts: “Who Are You?”, “Come Out To Play”, “Take No Chances”, “Wave You Goodbye”, “Secrets”, “Out of Luck”, “Serious”, “Taken For A Ride”, “In My Eyes”, “Pearly Gates”, “Nice Guy”.

“Hanging On the Telephone” (2006). A cover of the 1978 hit by Blondie.

Take a Good Look (2006). 14 tracks. Choice cuts: “Pretences”, “Give It Back”, “Do You Think?”. Other good cuts: “Take a Good Look”, “Blood On Your Hands”, “Hey You!”, “Excuses”, “Moving Lines”, “1975”, “Round The Corner”, “Hold On Me”, “All I Ever Wanted”, “I Won’t Give”, “Keep On Running”.

We’re Taking Over! (2008). 4 studio tracks/13 live tracks. Choice studio cut: “Too Late Tomorrow”. Other good studio cuts: “Smell The Coffee”, “We Are Not American”, “We’re Taking Over”.

Bring the House Down (2010). 13 tracks. Choice cuts: “What’s Going On?”, “Shout It Out Loud”, “Breakdown Baby”. Other good cuts: “Sorry I Was Late”, “For Better Or For Worse”, “99%”, “Bring The House Down”, “These Boots Are Made For Walking”, “The Trouble Is”, “Fraud”, “Thorn In My Side”, “Two Heads (Are Better Than One)”, “Na Na Na”.

Note: These Boots Are Made For Walking” is a cover of the 1966 hit by Nancy Sinatra.

Selected videos:

My thoughts… I discovered Deadline in 2012 after stumbling upon their cover of Blondie‘s 1978 hit “Hanging On the Telephone”. Blondie‘s hit was actually a cover of a song written and originally recorded by the L.A.-based power pop band The Nerves in 1976. However, Blondie‘s version is the best known. The artwork for Deadline‘s single was an homage to the artwork for Blondie‘s 3rd studio album Parallel Lines from which “Hanging On the Telephone” was taken as the 3rd single …

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“Hanging On the Telephone” is one of my favorite classic punk/new wave songs and Deadline‘s punky version is one of my favorite covers of the often-covered song! Deadline‘s single also included the Go-Go’s-esque “Pretences” and the punkier “Do You Think?” from their 4th album Take a Good Look. I was hooked! So I downloaded Deadline‘s entire discography and have been a big fan ever since!

Here’s my ranking of Deadline‘s six albums …

  1. Take a Good Look (2006) + “Hanging On the Telephone”.
  2. Bring the House Down (2010).
  3. Back For More… (2003).
  4. Getting Serious (2005).
  5. More To It… (2002).
  6. We’re Taking Over! (2008). Only 4 new studio tracks!

Read my original post about “Hanging On the Telephone” on RCR (here).

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