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As The Veneer of Democracy Starts To Fade


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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000007VUS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Passcivecation Program
2. Bastards
3. The Resistance Of The Cell
4. Call To Mecca
5. As The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade
6. Pay It All Back
7. Hypnotised
8. Slave Of Love
9. The Waiting Room
10. Hypnotised Remix
11. Dreamers

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 1 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Following `We Are All Prostitutes' The Pop Group split - much of the band playing with Pigbag, Rip Rig & Panic, and The Slits - as leader Mark Stewart ploughed a solo path. Stewart continued the potent political rhetoric, songs here like the title track, `The Resistance of the Cell', `Passivecation Program' & `Pay It All Back' coming from the same place as `There are No Spectators', `We Are All Prostitutes', & `How Much Longer (Can We Tolerate Mass Murder).' It should be noted that Stewart was calling for Jihad in some of his songs! - though the reference was in context against the Red Army Faction/baader meinhof/PLO in the 1970s and things like Afghanistan. Stewart has recently said in interviews that the song titles might seem less pious with the addition of a question mark at the end: As the Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade?

Stewart's political dogma and apparent humourless outlook made The Redskins seem cheery souls, some journalists were becoming alienated by this approach, and the band walked. Fortunately Stewart continued with great new collaborators later known as the Maffia - On-U-Sound associates Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc, Doug Wimbish & Skip McDonald. Sherwood would later collaborate with The Cure, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, & Primal Scream; the rest of the band were known as Tackhead and released the classic `Friendly as a Hand Grenade' in the late eighties (a member is even found on REM's `Green'). `As the Veneer...' is a key album, released in 1985 it is the missing link between early Cabaret Voltaire (`This is Entertainment', `Sluggin' for Jesus', `Yashar', `Red Mecca') and Ministry's `Twitch' - which was the model for many others in the slipstream: Nine Inch Nails, Meat Beat Manifesto, Revolting Cocks, Consolidated, Finitribe, Disposable Heroes...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr A K Richards on 10 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
This guy is the grandaddy of trip-hop. Along with Leblanc/Tackhead and Sherwood he produced some drop-dead harmonic (dub) playFULLness which pre-figured the smoother sounds of 90's Portishead, Tricky and Massive Attack. Some will fail to see the links, but this first generation Bristol sound played with thick and thin frequencies, electro and accoustic in a way that paved the way for the afforementioned trip-hoppers. The 12" of hypnotized was rarely off my turntable in the late '80s and having now recently re-purchased this album on cd (whereupon the 12" of Hypnotized is included), it is now rarely out of my cd player. The thinning out of Stewart's voice ovethick electro and William Burroughs quotes puts Tricky into historical perspective. For an archaeological history of the Bristol sound, place this important work into the fossil record. Buy this along with Stewart's own 'Learning to Cope With Cowardice (for the title track alone!) and Keith Lebanc's Major Malfuction for some still very fresh adventures in Hi-Fi.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
This record makes even more sense than when it was launched. Mark has become totally vindicated. In the 80's the vast bombardment of armageddeon bounced off the imagined universes of young people.

Nuclear imminence, the collapse of British industry, the miners wounded knee, alledged coups, the IRA bombing and the gathering pace of consumer bliss created a whirlpool.

Mark had cross currents with Crass. He foresaw the erosion of democracy as the veneer wearing so thin, more people now are abstainers than joiners. This recording is bleak, detailing the new security systems patrolling intervention as Mark foresaw power becoming forever concentrated. Whilst Crass pummelled out agit prop rock, Mark explored the black universes to combine Public Enemy back to punk sensibility without the ubiquitous studs. This music was and still is the cutting edge, more brutal than Billy Bragg, it is beyond the one dimensional man. It is Cabaret Brutale.

Bastards and Passivecation Programme spell out clearly the anger locked arising from clairvoyance. Only the strong and the elect can embrace the real and then it burns with a ferocity precautions are needed for protection. The cut up pounding industrial hip hop beats need contortionist skills to dance to. The industrial grind accompaniment accentuates the bleakness. This was the new Pistols, the anarchy, god save the Queen, veering into PIL becoming an energy incarnate.

Hypnotised delivers another verdict on the mass populace, the socially included. This was at the beginning of the consumer boom, as the blocks were off, the starting gun was fired and it was the mass rush to buy to be. "I have mortgaged there I am".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Rix on 15 Jan 2003
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while the music press attempted to marginalise stewart and derided his his political stance, the man was inventing a new kind of music which has changed what we listen to today. not long after the miners strike there were few who knew what a digital delay or a sample were, yet alone what to do with one. stewart gave us a terrifying soundscape using his and informed the later work of such as tackhead and the on-u sound collective. a pioneer and activist who deserves your undivided attention.
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