The Only Ones
Another Girl, Another Planet
Today we’re listening to “Another Girl, Another Planet” by The Only Ones
The Only Ones might have been disbanded for four decades now, but their biggest single (and only hit), “Another Girl, Another Planet” has endured.
Originally recorded for their debut, self-titled record in 1978, the song has been covered by Greg Kihn, The Replacements, (among others) and perhaps most famously by Blink-182 for Travis Barker’s “Meet The Barkers” show.
The track has appeared on approximately 6000 compilation records over the years (I actually stopped counting at 20). Up to you whether you think either of those stats matter, but I found it pretty interesting. That might be the most of any song we’ve covered yet. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the song—and band— straddle the punk, new wave, and post-punk camps.
The band has reunited in fits and starts over the years, but nothing solid has come of it. They might’ve flamed out after a few short years, but Another Girl, Another Planet lives on.
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…the greatest rock single ever recorded: the Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet." The word "timeless" and "transcendent" get bandied about far too often when describing a song or an album, but in the case of "Another Girl," even those terms are probably inadequate. The song marks that rare confluence of lyrical, instrumental, and vocal poetry that is so complete, so absolute, that it renders everything else -- in, on, above, below, and around it -- irrelevant while it plays.
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“Another Girl, Another Planet” by The Only Ones| The Only Ones, 1978
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