The Wonderful World of Wreckless Eric

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The Wonderful World of Wreckless Eric
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Studio album by
StudioBritannia Row Studios, London
ProducerPete Solley
Wreckless Eric chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]

The Wonderful World of Wreckless Eric is the second album by Wreckless Eric.[4][5] It was released on October 13, 1978, as black vinyl LP (SEEZ 9), green vinyl LP (SEEZ 9), and picture disc LP (SEEZP 9).[6]


The album was produced by Pete Solley.[7]

Album cover[]

The cover features Eric and others wearing Lloyd Johnson suits, including then-NME journalist Danny Baker at the drum kit.[8]

Critical reception[]

Trouser Press wrote that "a balance is struck between Eric’s innate looseness and the clarity and sheer musicality needed to adequately present his tunes. As a result, The Wonderful World is a rollicking good time, propelled by Eric’s trademark guitar chug."[7] Dave Thompson called the songs "stronger" than those on the debut, acknowledging that "a more polished sound and delivery left [the album] feeling less immediate."[9] The Rough Guide to Rock wrote that the album develops Eric's "patent hybrid of punk and pop with a 50s sensibility."[10]

Track listing[]

All compositions by Wreckless Eric; except where indicated
Side 1

  1. "Walking On The Surface of the Moon"
  2. "Take The Cash"
  3. "Dizzy" (Freddy Weller, Tommy Roe)
  4. "Veronica"
  5. "Roll Over Rock-Ola"

Side 2

  1. "I Wish It Would Rain"
  2. "The Final Taxi"
  3. "Let's Go to the Pictures"
  4. "Girlfriend"
  5. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" (Buddy Holly)


  • Wreckless Eric - vocals
  • Malcolm Morley - electric & acoustic guitar
  • Eunan Brady - electric guitar
  • John Brown - electric bass guitar
  • Geir Waade - drums
  • Pete Solley - keyboards, producer


  • Jo Partridge - electric guitar solos on "Dizzy", "Veronica", "Roll Over Rock-Ola" and "I Wish It Would Rain"; Spanish guitar solo on "Crying, Waiting, Hoping"
  • Dick Hanson, John Earle - brass on "Dizzy"
  • Choir of The Latter Day Church of Non-Believers - choir on "Dizzy" and "The Final Taxi"
  • Gary Taylor - bass voice choir on "Crying, Waiting, Hoping"


  1. ^ Gimarc, George (March 2, 2005). "Punk Diary: The Ultimate Trainspotter's Guide to Underground Rock, 1970-1982". Hal Leonard Corporation – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "The Wonderful World of Wreckless Eric - Wreckless Eric | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 8: MUZE. p. 776.CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ "Wreckless Eric | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  5. ^ "Wreck Star - Record Collector Magazine".
  6. ^ Official Stiff discography at
  7. ^ Jump up to: a b "Wreckless Eric". Trouser Press. Retrieved 2 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Suits, Boots and Motorbikes". The Word: 6. March 2012.
  9. ^ Thompson, Dave (March 2, 2000). "Alternative Rock". Hal Leonard Corporation – via Google Books.
  10. ^ The Rough Guide to Rock (2nd ed.). Rough Guides Ltd. 1999. p. 1104.

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