The Scientists were a heavy blast to the people of Australia, turning up in 1981 with two large sacks filled respectively with punk-rock attitude and bouncy tunefulness. 1983’s Blood Red River added a thick dose of swamp heat to the mix. With the drawling howls of the vocals and the slippery bass, this is one sinewy record. Reissued on The Numero Group.
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8/10 Robert Jones Customer review, 4th August 2016
The Scientists were a great Australian band, who were in thrall to the alternative music gods of the time, the Stooges and Suicide. They were a refreshing antidote to the bland pop music of the early 1980s, (Level 42, Paul Young,Ultravox).
Of course, they were firm favourites of the late iconic John Peel. I loved them for their feral music, and this mini LP was a fine example. "Set It On Fire" is a garage band classic. Even The Ig would have been impressed by their inspired monomania.
I got the chance to see the Scientists support the equally frenzied Gun Club, in Camden Town back in 1984. Both acts were fantastic. Hopefully, their magnificent 1985 album "You Get What You Deserve" will be reissued next.
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