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"Sheffield was just another dying northern city",
This review is from: The Original Sound Of Sheffield (Audio CD)
Following on from last year’s Original Sound ‘82-6 this compilation delves further back into the CV catalogue. Their ‘electronik musik’ set a pattern for much dance/industrial to come, and one can see the influence they had on the current ‘electro-clash’ scene. That’s not to say they were completely unique or original – at times they sound much like Suicide, Killing Joke, PiL etc. Nevertheless CV’s influence remains important today.
The early material here is often really post-punk, done with keyboards and synths. ‘Do The Mussolini Headkick’ is an impressive opener, and ‘hit’ single ‘Nag Nag Nag’ is droning, repetitive and still very good. Listened to individually, tracks such as (the largely instrumental) ‘Yashar’ are certainly good-to-ok, but as a whole the album does blend into one. That’s not too bad, and at least you get 65 minutes of the best of CV from this period for your money. Personally though, I prefer the slightly more commercial edge of 1984’s Microphonies (‘Do Right’, ‘Sensoria’). This sounds rather dated, but in fairness it’s 20 years old. A worthwhile introduction to this period, but not the best.