TG's last studio recordings, from March 1981 - they ceased to exist in May that year, after a show in San Francisco. These recordings are a lot less harsh than the previous years album, 'Heathen Earth'; in fact 'Exotic Functions' is pure Martin Denny exotica, whilst 'Oltre La Morte, Birth & Death' is an ambient piano piece, a la Harold Budd. However, there are plenty of TG's usual sinister overtones included here, so don't worry! 'Medicine' features a hospital-like bleep all the way through, with sounds of child-birth and other unsettling noises - difficult as usual, but very effective. 'Catholic Sex' is more obvious TG (about the only track on the album that truly resembles anything from 'Heathen Earth') with its primitive percussion, cornet and tape of a woman 'enjoying herself' - its classic TG. Overall, a great album and it shows how much TG had grown since '2nd Annual Report' - it would have been interesting to see where they would have gone from here, but i suppose a good reference point would be Psychic Tv's early film soundtrack work (such as 'Cold Dark Matter'), which resembles a lot of what is on offer here.
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