Liar was formed in 1975 in Maidenhead in Berkshire by Dave Taylor formerly of Edison Lighthouse. In 1976, the band came to the attention of Chris Demetriou, a freelance producer and A'n'R man for Decca Records. Demetriou took the band into Decca's West Hampstead studios, inviting singer/guitarist Paul Travis, with whom he had worked before, to sit in with them to help with song arrangements and also to provide a channel of communication between studio and control room.
After various personnel changes, the line-up for the first album, Straight from the Hip, comprised David Burton (lead vocals and guitar), Dave Taylor (formerly of Catapilla; bass and vocals), Paul Travis (guitar and vocals) and Clive Brooks (previously of Egg and The Groundhogs; drums). Lead guitar was provided on a session basis by Geoff Whitehorn, then working with Crawler, although at the time of the album's release this role had been filled by Steve Mann, subsequently with Lionheart, MSG and Sweet, who completed the final line-up. Keyboards on two tracks were by John (Rabbit) Bundrick.
Following the debut album 'Straight From The Hip' in 1977, released on Decca label during 1977, the band undertook an initial tour of the UK with Slade, followed by two European tours, covering Holland and Germany. A three week tour of Hungary, sharing the stage with top Hungarian band Piramis, followed, and the final show of this tour in Budapest had an audience of 35,000.
1. Soft Light, Sweet Music (Travis, Barrylord) - 3:38
2. Straight From The Hip Kid (Travis, Tager) - 3:16
3. Roll Me Down - 3:23
4. Rich Man's Woman - 4:03
5. Try Lovin' (Travis, Tager) - 3:09
6. Chicago Shakedown (Taylor, Mitchell) - 4:29
7. Full Time Woman (Travis, Tager) - 4:17
8. Born To Rock And Roll - 3:46
9. Light Of The City - 3:34
10.Blame It On The Kids (Travis, Tager) - 4:36
11.Full Time Woman (Travis, Tager) - 4:36
12.Here You Come Knocking - 3:20
All songs by Dave Taylor unless as else stated.
Bonus tracks 11-12
*Dave Burton - Vocals
*Paul Travis - Guitar
*Dave Taylor - Bass
*Clive Brooks - Drums
*Steve Mann - Guitar