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Junk Culture


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  • Audio CD (23 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Euro Parrot
  • ASIN: B000025JU0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Junk Culture 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Tesla Girls 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Locomotion 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Apollo 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Never Turn Away 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Love And Violence 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hard Day 5:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. All Wrapped Up 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. White Trash 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Talking Loud And Clear 4:220.79  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sonik57 on 2 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
By the time Junk Culture was released (1984), OMD were riding something of the crest of a wave. With a good few hits, successful tours and critically-acclaimed albums to their credit, they set about recording a set of songs which was once a departure from its more industrial predecessor Dazzle Ships but which used a familiar language.

Using the sort of album titles which journalists love to ask questions about once more - both Architecture & Morality (their masterpiece from 1981) and Dazzle Ships had both 'arty' and 'complex' reasons for their names - Junk Culture once again needed explaining!

Andy McCluskey went to some length in interviews of the time to explain that it was about popular culture and the way things fit together (or don't). That the mid-eighties saw the rise of MTV, the compact disc etc was part of that "junk" entertainment culture he was talking about.

Stand-out tracks? Well, I'm an OMD nut so they're all great to me but certainly the driving, euphoric Tesla Girls (continuing an OMD tradition of writing about things and places not normally found in pop songs, in this case the inventor Nikola Tesla!), the excellent Locomotion, the summery lilt of Talking Loud & Clear, the cod reggae of White Trash and the exasperation of the truly sublime Love & Violence. The Never Turn Away single attracted some controversy at the time because some thought its lyric was drug-influenced. I couldn't possibly comment!

Add to this the NY electro-flavoured Apollo and even some Latin horns on All Wrapped Up and you've some interesting contrasts inside a single album. One thing you notice across OMD's work is the strength of the songwriting and Andy's vocal talent. From here they'd record Crush - itself a superb work - before hitting the rocks with the patchy Pacific Age in 1986. Buy this and here modern songwriting (1984 vintage) come to life.
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By DJ Carr on 13 April 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard this when it was released in 1984 and loved it then and still do. I disagree that they sold out on this album. While it may be more mainstream than Dazzleships it still retains the OMD sound and quirkiness of previous albums. It is a great collection of songs and nobody else was making electronic music like this at the time.Still has elements of experimentation and good lyrics. I agree Crush and Pacific Age are more pop orientated (although still have some good songs)but this album is brilliant and should be in every OMD fan's collection.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pchat on 19 Aug 2002
Format: Audio CD
Andy McClusky listen to this album again! Remind yourself of how good you were before you lumbered us with the terrible Atomic Kitten.
This has to be one of the best collections of songs that OMD put onto a single album.It is an emotional roller coaster. From the highs of "Talking loud and clear" and "Locomotion" to the Angry lows of "White Trash" and "Love and Violence". We also get a taste of angry calypso thrown in too!
Lyricly this is OMD's best work and Music wise it is also amongst their best. If you only have one OMD album this should be the one, as it's their most accessable work by far.
As you can tell I love it!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Saunders on 14 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
Having purchased Junk culture on vinyl in the 80's and not owning a record player for the past 15 years, I decided to re-order on cd.
I am now kicking myself for not buying it sooner and depriving myself of a musical treat for so long.
Containing classic hits such as Locomotion, Tesla girls and Talking loud and clear, it is a great album, but if you are wanting to get a real feel of what OMD were about, buy the album and listen to the album tracks, some you might not like at first.... but they do grow on you!!!!
Most of the later singles, although great, lacked some of the raw emotion that Andy McCluskey put into his vocals. Indeed, Hard day, which is in itself a simple tune (although perfectly executed), is transformed into a near anthemic assault on the eardrums, pleasure and pain can co-exist in harmony!!!!! Love and violence sees Andy and Paul at their best, and although the lyrics to White trash don't really sit comfortably in this politically correct world we now live in........who cares, what a great song!
So If you liked the passion in the early OMD songs and the fantastic arrangements....buy it!! If you just like the later singles which were verging on the edge of being pure pop (no offence meant!), then it might not be the album for you and you would be better off sticking to the best of album! If you want to listen anyway, it's worth the punt of a few quid!
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