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The scene: early 1980. The place: Manchester, a rain drenched metropolis, full of drinkers/druggies, seedy alleyways and dingy pubs and whey faced gothic types. Into this urban nightmare comes George Best (sorry wrong meeting)...Into this maelstrom came Pete Shelley, a man with a vision, who intended to bring electronic art madness to the masses who after being subjected to years and years of good music, wanted something less talented and tuneful to sink their teeth into. Shelley provided this and oh so much more with this seldom heard (until now) LP, which is full to the brim with electronic bleeps and drum machine patterings. Throw in the obligatory tape loop, dissonance and feedback and you have a classic electronic/experimental art record that will have “WIRE” readers weeping ambient tears into their Eno box sets. This record is a collection of electro cuts culled from supposedly lost tapes and free improv jams that were recorded at Pete Shelleys HQ. The first side is an ambient nightmare. It sounds like a factory that I used to have to work in. The second side however is pretty good and has...wait for it...actual tunes. Well, it does for about 12 mins, then it sort of dissolves into the aforementioned harrowing soundscape style affair. An intriguing proposition for some...a languid stroll through an ambient wasteland populated by the corpses of “WIRE” readers for others...best give it a four then so I don't make ambient music fans cry.
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