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Very welcome re-issues of the first two Glaxo Babies LPs here through Superior Viaduct - the first time these seminal discs of Bristol post-punk have seen a fresh pressing on vinyl since the last dark blossoming of dismal Tory rule.
After the edgy, scratchy and slightly malevolent singles unleashed at the arse-end of the decade, the dawn of the 80s saw them both lose their singer yet subsequently record this fantastic début album - one that truly represents the feverishly imaginative Bristol underground of the time. It was recorded in one day and by the time it got a release the band had fully disbanded (for the first time) with members going on to form Maximum Joy.
With The Pop Group making waves all over the country the Glaxo Babies (who ultimately shared a member) remained in the shadows somewhat, but dare I say that their material on this 1980 release is just as interesting and often as experimental. They share notable hallmarks with TPG such as abrasive guitar licks/dissonance, funky fluid basslines and tight excitable drum-work - not to mention a leftist political stance that allied them with their more famous brethren. They also veer into abstract, improvised and free-jazz territories at the drop of a hat and freely endorse murky electronics and sampledelica.
What's not to like? This is important, thrilling music that stands up well to this day. Contemporary converts to the funk-punk likes of 23 Skiddoo, A Certain Ratio, Liquid Liquid and TPG, or maybe the scattershot madness of early Red Krayola and even the more cerebral realms of Anarcho Punk take note - you need these albums. Both of them. Go on, there, that wasn't so hard was it?
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