Classic compilation that skirts in and around the edge of the Industrial scene of 1984,the underground equivalent of 'Pillows and Prayers' but for weirdo's instead of foppish fringe wearing students.
Being a Sounds reader since the halcyon days of Punk Rock, Sounds contributor and compiler of this album, Dave Henderson, was writing increasingly about the burgeoning underground of there new music of 1984. Nowhere else could you read about such acts as Konstuktivists or Nurse with Wound; and of course, in these pre-internet days,obtaining these records was a stiff task, especially if you lived outside of London. This made these disc's and tapes even more desirable, and the moment one actually obtained one became an almost religious exercise. Slipping the artefact out of its sleeve and playing the messages contained within, which invariably would lead to friends, parents, and neighbours believing that you were either mad or insane, or a potential threat to their community as a whole.
Anything that is a threat to normality is naturally attractive to anyone with their eyes firmly open to this sham we call Civilisation; so that fact put these artists on the front line of consciousness change.
The works within this double album's grooves, span a virtual Who's Who of the underground in 1984, even the granddaddy of Industrial , Conrad Schnitzler himself, who contributes the title track, appears.
It also has probably my favourite German group, Die Tödliche Doris, amongst many other international favourites.
UK Diy is represented well, with Philip Johnson, Colin Potter (with an actual picture on the cover of the man himself!) and David Jackman, can't go wrong there?
The only groan factor was the inclusion of The Legendary Pink Dots, who, as many of you may know, are not one of my favourite groups; but!.....even their track is pretty good,despite that Edward K bloke failing to resist contributing some of his god awful warblings half way through it!
Apart from that sole criticism, this is pretty perfect! (mmm(thinks), doesn't that mean its NOT perfect?......but isn't perfection in itself, imperfection? Without imperfection we wouldn't recognise perfection, therefore by definition, perfection is imperfection is perfection.9999999 recurring?).
|A1||– Kill Ugly Pop||Let's Get Real Gone||3:45|
|A2||– Ptose||Waiting For My Soul||3:30|
|A3||– Trax||Trax Co Mix 1||3:12|
|A4||– Die Todliche Doris||Maria||2:45|
|A5||– Van Kaye And Ignit||A Slice Of The Action||3:30|
|A6||– Bene Gesserit||White Men||3:10|
|B1||– Colin Potter||The State||2:57|
|B2||– Human Flesh||L'Ultima Storia||3:20|
|B3||– DDAA||Your Mother With A Cake||3:10|
|B4||– Point Of Collapse||When Worlds Collide||3:10|
|B5||– David Jackman||Wolf (Part 2)||3:05|
|C1||– Hunting Lodge||Tribal Warning Shot||2:58|
|C2||– Roll Kommando||Die Romantik Ist Tot||3:00|
|C3||– Stratis||I Fotia||2:58|
|C5||– Philip Johnson||Always Behind You||1:58|
|C6||– Conrad Schnitzler||Three Minute Symphony No 1||3:00|
|D1||– Nagamatzu||Bird, Spider, Fly||3:05|
|D2||– Hurt||Money Matters||3:20|
|D3||– Nurse With Wound||Antacid Cocamotive 93||3:50|
|D4||– Legendary Pink Dots||No Bell, No Prize||3:52|
|D5||– Asmus Tietchens||Dahinter Industriegelande||3:10|
|D6||– Smegma||The Breathing Method||3:00|
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