Tuesday, 14 January 2014

96 Eyes – " Raging Beauty " (Integrated circuit Records ICR18) 1984


Alan Klien ofStratis is responsible for this electronic disco library music atrocity. It’s the kind of laughable crud you’d expect to hear in the disco scenes from ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’, with the evil Madonna prancing embarrassingly amongst a legion of leather jackets , Ray Bans, and hair styles with their own personal ozone holes.
Having said that, I really enjoyed listening to this, in an ‘Incredibly Strange Music’ kind of way. Its so bland it makes elevator music sound like The Stooges; but isn’t that some special form of Avant Garde statement? Wasn’t the Beatles most experimental act splitting up so that Macca could form Wings? It’s far too easy fly the flag for Coltrane, Nurse With Wound, and The Los Angeles Free Music Society(LAFMS). It’s far harder to have this on your coffee table and explain it away.Its a cop out to cut phone conversations short because you’re listening to the ‘Trane’. Try saying, “Sorry, my ‘Too cool for skool’ buddy, can’t talk right now because i’m listening to the 96 Eyes album”. Now that’s challenging.

Track Listing:

A1
Touch
A2
Finally
A3
Talkback
A4
Hurry Up
A5
Summer
B1
Raging Beauty
B2
The Judge
B3
Crosstalk
B4
Starship
B5
Metallic
B6
Wang Yang
B7
Chromata 

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1 comment:

Ron van de Kerkhof said...

incredible tape. THANKS!