In June 1978.

In June 1978, “Virgin” label released “Real Life”, the debut Magazine studio album. It was recorded March – April 1978, at “Virgin Mobile” and “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by John Leckie and Mick Glossop. The album artwork and mono print were by Linder. In 1986, “Sounds” magazine ranked “Real Life” at number 89 in its list “100 Best Albums of All Time”; in 2006, “Uncut” magazine ranked the album at number 37 on its list of the “100 Greatest Debut Albums”.

Personnel:

  • Howard Devoto– vocals
  • John McGeoch– guitar, saxophone
  • Dave Formula– keyboards
  • Barry Adamson– bass guitar
  • Martin Jackson– drums
  • John Leckie- engineer
  • Hayden Bendall – engineer assistant
  • Adrian Boot – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Howard Devoto.

  1. Definitive Gaze – Howard Devoto, John McGeoch
  2. My Tulpa – Howard Devoto, John McGeoch
  3. Shot by Both Sides – Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley
  4. Recoll – Howard Devoto, John McGeoch
  5. Burst – Howard Devoto
  6. Motorcade – Howard Devoto, Bob Dickinson
  7. The Great Beautician in the Sky – Howard Devoto, John McGeoch
  8. The Light Pours Out of Me – Howard Devoto, John McGeoch, Pete Shelley
  9. Parade – Barry Adamson, Dave Formula

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