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Baby's Got a Gun

Released  1980
Baby's Got a Gun (1980)  Remains (1984)
Release date  1980
Label  Sony Music
Length  39:02
Artist  The Only Ones
Producer  Colin Thurston
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Genres  Punk rock, New wave, Power pop
Similar  Even Serpents Shine, Special View, Why Don't You Kill Yourself?, The Big Sleep, The Only Ones

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Baby's Got a Gun is the third and final studio album by the English rock band the Only Ones. It was originally released in 1980, on the label Epic.


After the lack of commercial success with their previous album Even Serpents Shine, the Only Ones decided that it was time for a slight change of pace in their career. In an attempt to give their music a more contemporary sound, they joined forces with Colin Thurston, an in-demand producer famed for having co-engineered David Bowie's "Heroes" and Iggy Pop's Lust For Life (both 1977). Guesting on the album would be Penetration's lead singer, Pauline Murray, who provided co-lead vocals for "Fools" and backing vocals for "Me and My Shadow".

The album was re-released in Europe in 2009 on Sony Music Entertainment, featuring rare bonus content. The reissue was a CD which comprises 15-tracks. It includes the original album digitally remastered from the original 1/2" mix tapes; alongside three bonus tracks.

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Critical reception

In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau gave the album a B+ and commented that "Prepunk and for that matter prepub, Peter Perrett may well have been an only one and he fits in now only because this is such a tolerant and/or commercially desperate time. He's not "power pop," of course--on record, at least, power's got nothing to do with it."

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, critic Mark Deming gave the album three out of five stars and wrote that "Baby's Got a Gun is clearly the weakest of the Only Ones' three original albums, but for all its faults there's plenty here that testifies to the band's strengths; "Why Don't You Kill Yourself," "Strange Mouth," and "The Big Sleep" are splendid songs that show the band still had the goods and "Trouble in the World" and "The Happy Pilgrim" confirm they could reach for a poppier sound without losing their personality in the process."

Track listing

All tracks written by Peter Perrett, except where noted.


The Only Ones
  • Peter Perrett – lead and background vocals; guitars
  • John Perry – guitars; grand piano; organ
  • Alan Mair – bass guitars; lead vocals on "My Way Out of Here"
  • Mike Kellie – drums
  • Session musicians
  • Pauline Murray – co-lead vocals on "Fools"; backing vocals on "Me and My Shadow"
  • Barrie Evans – rhythm guitar; percussion
  • Koulla Kakoulli – backing vocals
  • Production team
  • Colin Thurston – producer; engineer
  • The Only Ones – producer
  • Robert Ash – vocal engineer
  • Kevin Metcalfe – mastering engineer
  • Songs

    1The Happy Pilgrim2:32
    2Why Don’t You Kill Yourself?2:44
    3Me and My Shadow5:41


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