So, this is the first of my vinyl listens (I will be catching up on these each weekend). This album was definitely one I had not heard for a hell of a long time. And it has not handled aging any better than I have.
I must have bought this around 1988 or so, when these guys were staples on Rage (Australia’s overnight video music show). Shaven headed white blokes from somewhere in northern Britain shouting/rapping over industrial breaks while aggressively jumping around in bike lycra certainly capture your attention. Their biggest hit was a cover of Prince’s Kiss which pre-dated Tom Jones’ effort and took the tune into very different territory (it, alas, is not on this album – I have it on 12″!).
So back to the LP. It still has a couple of reasonably catchy tunes: Don’t Get Mad, Get Even and Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Noise?But even these suffer from the failings of this work listened to through 2009 ears – it all sounds too trebly and contrived. Somehow the bands that followed – like Pop Will Eat Itself and The Prodigy – got this aggressive dancey-punk stuff to seem warmer, more human and less like posturing.
As a weekend treat, here’s a video of them:
File under: Loud and lycra-clad, but less than rad