Released on a high quality "Clyde Audio Products" C-60 cassette in july 1980, this is Controls first album. Recorded live to a "Pro" two track Cassette, by a slim line three piece version of the band (sans Jon Monks....was it musical similarities that caused the split?),some say it is inferior to the first ep!...I have to say one prefers it marginally,there's more space,and the songs are, for want of a better word,.....better? There's even a slow number that includes ,what sounds like ,bass chords, "Metropolis".This, I am told, is a sign of maturity. It happens to us all,it depends how you cope with it I suppose? then it takes one an entire lifetime to rediscover the art of the naive,then you die.
Afterall, most of the appeal of this music and the scene from whence it sprung, is experiencing that fleeting moment when innocence is in its final bloom. The youthful ideals that one lived by,slowly crushed by "the Man", and other dream crushing oppressors like the Popular Media, Soul boys, Hip Hop culture, and government sanctioned cheap Heroin. This music is the voice of hope, a distant memory in the minds of modern youth; inebriated on sexualisation and cheap credit, they are the most apathetic bunch of sheep since the victorian era. It matters not that the UK/US (same thing by the way) government is fighting foreign wars for no other reason than to keep us fearful of an enemy that hardly exists, as long as they've got a iPhone 4, and enough money to get pissed to factory manufactured R'n'B .
Controls is the opposite of that pile of horseshit. Are you listening Youth? And don't forget, Hip Hop started around 1980, when i was 16, so don't say I'm too old to understand (c)rap culture.
Ahhhh,that felt good.
So do yourself a favour and download this cassette, and retrain your brains.
For track listing click on the picture below:
Read the entire Controls story on the previous post for "Sock it to 'em Dave"