In today's pop music survey, an honest-to-God band succeeding is something of a rarity and worth celebrating. British iconoclasts The 1975 will do just that next month, celebrating the 10th anniversary of their self-titled debut album with a pair of deluxe editions on CD and vinyl.
The LP that introduced the world to singer/songwriter Matty Healy, drummer/producer George Daniel, guitarist Adam Hann and bassist Ross MacDonald will be reissued in the U.K. by Universal Music Recordings on September 1. A double CD edition, seemingly only available through the group's official web store, pairs the album with a full live performance of the same from the Manchester club Gorilla this past winter. A 140-gram 4LP vinyl set features the album on two discs and the group's 2012-2013 EPs split across four more sides.
The group - friends since early school years and making music in some capacity since 2002, settled on their name a decade later from a page in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Their sound was harder to categorize than their name, but it all boiled down to heartfelt, ambitious pop/rock, awash in guitar and '80s style synths and propelled by Healy's impassioned vocals and lyrics. (Tracks on the first album, including favorites "The City," "Chocolate" and "Sex," find The 1975 sounding like some mix of U2, INXS, Scritti Politti and The Killers.) With no genre to pin down, manager Jamie Oborne built a label around them - the indie Dirty Hit - and eventually got a distribution deal through Polydor/Interscope.
Even then, the group's throwback genre-hopping sound, and the antics and musings of Healy - the son of British actors Tim Healy and Denise Welch, whose upbringing among celebrities and musicians (Brian Johnson of AC/DC is his godfather) has led him to embrace and deconstruct the magic and myth of public figure and rock star in equal measure - made The 1975 a lightning rod for attention and criticism. (Healy drove pop fans into a particular frenzy this year during a brief courtship with Taylor Swift after her breakup with long-term partner Joe Alwyn.) But there's a lot of love to balance out the hate or indifference: The 1975 and all four of their subsequent studio albums have topped the U.K. charts, and they've netted two BRIT Awards for Best British Group.
The 10th anniversary edition of The 1975 is out next month, a day shy of 10 years to the date from the original release.
The 1975 (10th Anniversary Edition) (Dirty Hit/Polydor/UMR, 2023)
2CD: Official Store
CD 1: Original album (released as Dirty Hit DH00040 (U.K.)/B0019026-02 (U.S.), 2013)
- The 1975
- The City
- An Encounter
- Heart Out
- Settle Down
- She Way Out
- Is There Somebody Who Can Watch You
CD 2: Live at Gorilla, Manchester, England - 2/1/2023 (previously unreleased - same track list as above)
LP 1-2: Original album (same track list as above)
LP 3: Facedown and Sex EPs (Tracks 1-4 released as Dirty Hit (no cat. #), 2012; Tracks 5-8 released as Dirty Hit (no cat. #), 2012)
- The City (EP Version)
- Sex (EP Version)
LP 4: Music for Cars and IV EPs (Tracks 1-5 released as Dirty Hit (no cat. #), 2013; Tracks 6-9 released as Dirty Hit (no cat. #) (U.K.)/B0018553-32 (U.S.), 2013)
- The City (Single Version)
- Haunt // Bed
- So Far (It's Alright)