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Friday, July 14, 2006

Post Punk

Hey peeps, haven't posted for a couple of days now - been far too busy binging on that broad musical movement known as 'post punk'. Seriously, I've been dragging out records from the darkest recesses and I've rediscovered my love for all things noisy and funky. I have to say, how great is Penis Envy by Crass? Not a band usually noted for their musical talents (can I just state here and now that The Feeding of the 5000 and the Big A Little A records are also fantastic) they totally amped it up on this album, with funky bass lines and strangled guitar noise (slightly reminiscent of PiL, but for my money more enjoyable over the course of an album) abounding, particularly on the first two tracks 'Bata Motel' and 'Systematic Death'.

Also been giving airtime to various Icelandic and Australian bands and made a couple of discoveries, namely Bodies and the Slugfuckers (whose song 'Poem' is astounding) . Bodies appear on the Rokk i Reykjavik compilation alongside bands such as Purkurr Pilnikk (featuring Einar Orn Benediktsson), Theyr and Tappi Tikaras (with a young Bjork - wait! There's no need to run away!) with their track 'Where are the Bodies', resplendant in all their Joy Division worshipping glory. This is a seriously great song - does anyone know if they released anything else? The other highlight from the album is 'Ovaent' by Purkurr Pilnikk, a frantic minute long energy bolt.


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