CD £3.49 ANTIGEN41
45 track comp on Antigen Records, 2 CD set documenting the Ipswich music scene!.
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Fuck me. This is one crazy compilation. Not only does it cost less than half a pint of ale for 40-plus tracks over the course of two CDs, the opener is by former 80's synth midget Nik Kershaw who now dabbles in anthemic MOR indie rock which is actually not half as excruciating as I was expecting! I'm not gonna attempt to actually review this Ipswich tourism board promotional tool other than to say I wish more towns and cities would take such pride in their diverse musical history and take their cues from this remarkable gesture! To shoehorn legendary grind/thrash bands such as Extreme Noise Terror and The Stupids onto a disc with such comically monikered acts like Cats Against the Bomb (song title: Nerys Hughes Vs The Time Tunnel) and Space Maggots is a brave, irreverent move and although there is inevitably going to be some testing of patience and tastes throughout, this is surely an entertaining and intelligent way of giving little-known acts some exposure. I've tragically not got time to check out WhiteSlug's 'Corned Beef Sex Monster' as a stack of urgent boxes have just arrived but I really think you should.
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