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We are in despair. We’ve listened to three records in a row that were so bad we just couldn’t bring ourselves to review them and I’ve thrown them into stock hoping people are daft enough to buy them. Instead we delve back to 1985, so hop into the back of my Vauxhall Cavalier sports hatch and I’ll put this tape into the tape player.
This was originally released in a tape edition of 100 which begs the question - will someone soon reissue the sole album by my early ‘80s synthpop duo Double Image? The limited edition of 1 copy was slammed on release by my dad who branded it ‘self indulgent’. Maybe the world wasn’t ready.
Anyway, not unlike Double Image, X Ray Pop sound an awful lot like Trio. They work with simple synth and drum machine accompaniment whose simplicity makes The Normal sound like early Genesis. The vocals are female and sung in French, each song lasts about a minute and although none of them stick in your head, the sheer impudence of these simple compositions bursts through. It’s more about the whole general sound which squeaks, squelches, squawks and at times has a repetition not unlike Suicide or DAF. How much of it can you cope with?
I’m about 10 songs in and I’m starting to go a little mad. It’s samey in the extreme BUT as a historical document its pretty much vital. Fans of early ‘80s steam driven synthpop will lap it up. Sometimes I’m reminded of The Flying Lizards and theres something of an early prototype of the pulsing sounds of Stereolab in the minimal grooves.
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