Italian industrial music doesn’t sound like it should be a thing, but The Cop Killers’ one and only album is perhaps the finest example of the micro-genre in existence. Originally released on cassette only in 1982 and now presented on vinyl with extensive liner notes, The Cop Killers was a bleak and brutal experience but one which contained seeds of optimism amid the dystopia.
Vinyl LP £15.99 £12.79 ELP038LP
Black vinyl LP on Ecstatic. Mastered from the original 1982 tapes and cut by Matt Colton. Includes foldout booklet with reproduction inserts and liner notes by Vittore Baroni.
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Not Waving’s Ecstatic Recordings reissue and vinylize an ultra-rare 1982 tape from The Cop Killers (Daniele Ciullini, Mark Phillips, Vittore Baroni), originally issued on Italian label Trax.
This is a really lovely example of primitive 80s DIY electronics and European cassette culture. A perfect archetype in fact that really embodies the spirit of creativity and imagination applied to emerging technology. The misanthropic spoken word intro and narrative of this subversive, anti-fascist “industrial opera” is just brilliant. Despite the seemingly gloomy, nihilistic, apocalyptic/dystopian surface, the underlying message is one of hope - that humans can and will do better - as relayed from the perspective of a group of underground freedom fighters that communicate in a lost language. The sci-fi electronics are super cool which together with the vocals make for a really endearing and optimistic vision that utopia can be achieved if humanity can change and with the help of a revolutionary underground resistance. Hats off to Ecstatic for reissuing this and bringing it to a wider audience - it certainly feels timely and prescient, which is kinda depressing. I guess it’s always been the case that the absolute worst of humanity has a greater balance of power and essentially runs the planet. Long live the resistance!
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