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Disco Inferno Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Feb 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • ASIN: B0001BH63M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody wants to die 11 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
One of the bravest and most visionary bands of the nineties, DI were famed for using guitars, bass & drums hooked up to samplers. What you got were haunting tunes fighting against an avalanche of samples that seemed to express the contradiction, complexity and sheer confusion of life.
Tracks like "Next Year" mocked people's search for refuge with the chorus "shade from the sun", while the kaleidoscopic, chameolonic "New Clothes For A New World" shed form altogether ("when nothing's as it appears/why should you be"). "A Whole Wide World Ahead" is one of the key tracks here. Musically its an acoustic track backed with crashing waves, like the Young Gods' take on "September Song" but with that strange mixture of pessimism and optimism (contradiction again) only they could manage, a sense of limitless possibilities being squandered daily. "Even The Sea Sides Against Us" is better still, a longing, aching tune is overlaid with crashing of fruit machines and ghostly sounds lamenting their own marginalisation, while "Starbound (All Burnt Out And Nowhere To Go)" has a gorgeous, melancholic guitar nearly drowned by (or floating spectrally over depending on mood) a racket of phones, cameras and distorted voices.
DI would release the wonderful Second Language EP later in the year but were doomed to obscurity in the year that Britpop kicked off, destroying what was left of the indie subculture that created music like this (though DI were marginalised even there). If you think Radiohead are "too weird" now then you'd best steer clear, otherwise grab this album while its available. Any chance of a box set?
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Clothes for the New World 24 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Disco Inferno are an interesting footnote to the British music scene in the mid-90s. It's 1994: while Britpop was rearing its ugly head in the guise of the Gallagher Brothers and their rivals Blur, and trip hop burgeoned under the commercial success of Portishead's Dummy and Massive Attack's Protection, Disco Inferno were in an entirely different place. A latter day Joy Division struggling to maintain their relevance, this inappropriately-named band embraced the world of sampling, not the jazzy grooves of instrumental hip-hop but found sounds played through their instruments: wind, rain, footsteps, things breaking. The results were sometimes messy, sometimes distressing, but often incredibly ahead of their time, matching the poignancy of Ian Crause's bitter wordplay.

While 'In Sharky Water' is angular post-punk, the brilliant 'New Clothes for the New World' could be said to owe more to acid house, with its demented loops of ringing bells, whistling and abrasive guitars. 'Whole Wide World Ahead' is the all-time best song to employ rain and thunder effects (except maybe Riders on the Storm), with rain-lashed loops colliding again and again in a powerful evocation of windswept melancholy. 'Footprints in Snow' uses a sample of the eponymous sound as a shuffling rhythm, adding layers of Christmassy bells and keyboards in a very contemporary (near-electronica) sounding finale. Results on the rest of the album are mixed, often overloaded with effects, but no-one in 1994 was going to tell them that they were on to a good thing, and that their album would be looked back on ten years later as a major innovation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Clothes for the New World 1 Feb 2005
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Format:Audio CD
Disco Inferno are an interesting footnote to the British music scene in the mid-90s. Its 1994: while Britpop was rearing its ugly head in the guise of the Gallagher Brothers and their rivals Blur, and trip hop burgeoned under the commercial success of Portishead's Dummy and Massive Attack's Protection, Disco Inferno were in an entirely different place. A latter day Joy Division struggling to maintain their relevance, this inappropriately-named band embraced the world of sampling, not the jazzy grooves of instrumental hip-hop but found sounds played through their instruments: wind, rain, footsteps, things breaking. The results were sometimes messy, sometimes distressing, but often incredibly ahead of their time, matching the poignancy of Ian Crause's bitter wordplay. While 'In Sharky Water' is angular post-punk, the brilliant 'New Clothes for the New World' could be said to owe more to acid house, with its demented loops of ringing bells, whistling and abrasive guitars. 'Whole Wide World Ahead' is the all-time best song to employ rain and thunder effects (except maybe Riders on the Storm), with rain-lashed loops colliding again and again in a powerful evocation of windswept melancholy. 'Footprints in Snow' uses a sample of the eponymous sound as a shuffling rhythm, adding layers of Christmassy bells and keyboards in a very contemporary (near-electronica) sounding finale. Much of the rest of the album doesn't work, overloaded with effects, but no-one in 1994 was going to tell them that they were on to a good thing, and that their album would be looked back on ten years later as a major innovation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grounldbreaking but flawed masterwork 10 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A amazing album by the most neglected british band of the 90's, allthough it may seem at times that the joy division and my bloody valentine inflences have destroyed any attempt to break away, under a barrage of sampled sounld, their is a new direction in herent in this. Need less to say this is all a for a special taste, indead blur fan's shounld stay away, it remains five years after release one of the most profoundly original and grounld breaking records of the decade.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Umm.... 21 May 2000
By joshua - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I picked up this cd after hearing an mp3 of a song from a different album. I got this one because it was the only thing I could find from this band. I had no idea what to expect really, but by the time the cd had ended, this was my favorite band. I'd like to describe it, but the closest I could come would be to write something silly like "They sound like Joy Division humping Kevin Shields' leg while listening to the Wedding Present at half speed. and they've got a sampler..." But then, Disco Inferno is a silly name for a morose, arty Scottish rock group. They should have called themselves Staring at a Slow Burning Campfire and the Flames Get All Weird and You're too Hypnotized to Notice the Eerie Noises Creeping in From the Woods... I suppose that, too, would be silly. Just get the album, you've probably never heard anything like it...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It won't sound like you expect... 16 Mar 2008
By Not Mozart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
...regardless of what you are expecting.
I had a very different experience than the other reviewer. I found the cd in a bargain bin and was hypnotized by cover -- a sparse landscape with a clean graphic layered on top, titled only on the side of the case "Disco Inferno: D.I. Go Pop". I knew it had to be an ironic band name, but 1994 is way ahead of the curve...

Most importantly, the sound. The album cover does it justice -- sparse soundscape with digital effects on top. At first, when I listened to it at the record store my reaction was "yes" (I will buy that for 4 bucks). Then I had it on my shelf for 3 or 4 years. I considered it one of the hardest listens in my collection, way up there with Captain Beefhart, eras of King Crimson, late era Talk Talk and such. I enjoyed it but never remembered a thing about it -- it just never stuck.

Recently it has started to stick. The songs are there, somwhere, buried deep within and worth every bit of work to find.

If you had to pin me down and compare it to sounds of other bands...
Take Mercury Rev's early years or Rollerskate Skinny and their 1000 layers of chaotic multi-arrangements and imagine a minimal version sounding more like Tortoise. Or. Imagine Flying Saucer Attack covering Wire with gratuitous use of nearly out of control sampler machines.

This album is noisy, really noisy. And ambient, kinda. But there is song structure there. "Even the Sea Sides Against Us" sounds like an 80s pop song (or a 60s folk song) converted to MIDI then replayed with the wrong (and amazingly interesting) synth sounds, amplified to a billion watts in a stadium and recorded from the nosebleed section. All the while the singer is donin' his rant thing which sounds like Neil Tennet of the Pet Shop Boys and Les Claypool simultaneously.

It's broken robot folk music. Just listen to it. It's a trip.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Heady Brew 28 Jun 2007
By T. Burrows - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This probably will not appeal to the mainstream rock/pop fan, but it is a unique mix of electronica and hard psychedelia - if you are into that, I recommend giving this a try. Electronic beats, echoing effects, industrial noises, and cascading, roaring guitars make for a thick, dreamy mix. The record, like a lot of rock music, suffers from talentless, hollering-in-the-void vocals. Apparently this was an English group who were together from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s.
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