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We Buy A Hammer For Daddy
We Buy A Hammer For Daddy
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Price: £93.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Please re-release this classic, 10 Feb. 2011
Ahh, I can remember buying this album and thrilling to it all those years ago. It's nothing short of criminal that music this good isn't currently available - please can someone re-release it?

Throbbing Gristle - TGV [DVD] [NTSC]
Throbbing Gristle - TGV [DVD] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Throbbing Gristle

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TG on your TV, 9 Feb. 2011
If you like TG then this is a must-have. It consists of a number of gigs from 1980 and 1981, and three gigs from 2004/5, plus a couple of curios. The picture quality isn't that brilliant, especially on the early gigs, and sometimes the sound quality isn't all it could be - but then, the early gigs were recorded on primitive equipment. It's worth every penny just for the sheer intense atmosphere.

Of particular interest to me were the recording of Heathen Earth - so weird to actually see that after listening to the album for the last 30 years - and the Astoria comeback gig, especially the sight of the sadly departed Jhon Balance right at the front, dancing manically whilst still sitting down! There's a particularly touching moment when he runs on stage and whispers something to Sleazy. And the Lyceum gig from 1981 in particular is just awesome.

As I said, well worth every penny. Get it while you still can.

RIP Jhon and Sleazy.

Pornography  (Remastered)
Pornography (Remastered)
Price: £2.99

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest post-punk albums ever, 15 Oct. 2008
I never rated the Cure when they first started. All that stuff about jumping other people's trains, killing middle-easterners and not crying 'cos you're a boy didn't do much for me.

However a mate persuaded me to go and see them on the "Faith" tour and I was blown away. Bought "Faith" the next day and, when "Pornography" came out, I just had to have it (made even better by the childish pleasure of asking my parents to buy me "Pornography" for my birthday).

I loved "Faith" and I loved Joy Division, the Banshees, and the rest of the post-punk crowd, but this was something else.

With an opening line of "It doesn't matter if we all die" and a closing line of "I must fight this sickness, find a cure", and a whole range of (un)healthy emotions and obsessions explored inbetween, this was just the thing to listen to for those of us who didn't buy into the emptiness of New Pop and the Thatcher Dream. Lots of people thought it was morbid and depressing - more fool them. It made us feel more alive than ever.

And as for the music ... you'll find no better soundtrack to a slasher movie scripted by William Burroughs and Jean-Paul Sartre than this. Now if only someone would make that movie.

More than 20 years on, I bought it again on CD. It was just as good as before, in fact if anything better for now being out of its historical context.

A timeless record. Now, where's my lipstick and face paint......

Price: £13.21

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the beginning......., 23 Nov. 2005
This review is from: Hee-Haw (Audio CD)
If you like any of the Birthday Party's later stuff, then you'll love this. But beware - the track listing given is wrong, and this album doesn't include Release The Bats or Blast Off. But it does include Happy Birthday, Mr Clarinet and The Friend Catcher, as well as other tracks that were recorded by the Boys Next Door just before they changed their name and early stuff by BP. For a proper track listing have a look at the import version, which is also on Amazon.
Ignore "Door Door", which even the band themselves didn't like - this is where the class stuff really begins.

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