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This Is the Winter Darkness Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Falling a
  • ASIN: B000CAJWAM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,365,971 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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A cunning blend of noise and melody, the insane picnic rode on the crest of the new wave providing a musical backdrop to the discontent of Thatcher's Britain in the early to mid 80's (3 million unemployed, Northern Ireland, the miners strike, Falklands war etc.,). Melody Maker described them as A twisted cross between Echo and the bunnymen and The Fall, the insane picnic succeed where most others fail by creating an atmosphere that may not be unique but is at least threateningly distanced from the obvious possibilities.

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In the early 1980s, English band the insane picnic (always printed in lower case) were one of the pioneering D.I.Y. cassette culture bands, comprised of members Peter Ashby (ex-Spasmodic Caress and Frenzid Melon) , Barry Lamb (ex-Frenzid Melon and cult figure on the experimental avant garde music circuit) and Owen Turley (ex-Hiroshima, Rectonob and Proof of Rondog). They recorded several releases for the English independent record label Falling A Records. As well as regularly appearing in many fanzines they were also often featured in the mainstream music papers with favourable reviews in Melody Maker, Sounds and NME, also featuring on several occasions in the Sounds Obscurist chart and Psychedelic chart and were favourites of pirate radio stations Liverpool City radio and Andromeda. The band eventually split in the late 80's. Ashby and Lamb went on to develop their solo careers and work together in the progressive rock band Ermin Grud whilst Turley developed his! unique brand of electronica under the guise of General Kustard.

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This band managed to grace the Sounds Obscurist chart as well as the indie charts in the early 80's. The Insane Picnic were Clacton's finest export (along with ahem...Sade). This CD is the legendary unreleased album which was supposed to have been released in 1985 but for some reason never materialised at that time. Listening to it now it certainly captures the atmosphere of the times. It is stark, poetic with some razor sharp guitar and a typically sloppy drums and bass relationship. The singer is somewhere between Mark E. Smith and Jim Morrison. The album kicks off with an edgy slice of guitar driven chaotic punk - it could be Joy Division at their most abrasive...the singer sounding a little like Ian Curtis. Military follows with cluttered Killing Joke type riff and a vocal performance that sounds like Mark E. Smith. Next up is the beautifully minimalist "Forgotten stories".It has a similar atmosphere to The Doors "The celebration of the lizard" in that it is hypnotic with some soft but disturbing poetry. However, it has some unusual instrumentation. "Village Boys" is an awesome slice of chaos with the guitars sounding like The Shadows on acid playing punk rock. Ruin Moon follows which is an unashamed Doors soundalike and the title track closes what would have been side one which offers a combination of early Monochrome Set type phrasing and Zappa's quirkyness. Side two opens with a breathtaking but slightly awkward ballad called "In the summer rain", it's gentle but intrusive. "Slick death operator" has the singer sounding more like Mark E. Smith than ever but lyrically stronger and with much more edge. The music is tight well driven abrasive rock with some outstanding guitar work.Read more ›
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