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Urrrgh....A Music War

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Don't see this one too foten anymore, not sure if it was ever issued on CD. This is the soundtrack album to the film "Urgh....A Music War", which was filmed and released in the ealy 1980's...lots of fave bands of the era, a real hit or miss project. This original vinyl version features four sides which hs its ups and downs.....the first side begins with a farily lame Police track, followed by Wall of Voodoo's great "Back in Flesh", somewhat ruined by censoring the word "FUCK".....still a good version of that great song. XTC turns in a fairly rote "Respectable Street", great song, not as good a
version as the one on the original LP IMO.

Side two of the first record is MUCH better....The (Great) Members "Offshore Banking Business", a smoking "We Got the Beat" from the Go Go's, perhaps the entire set's highlight with Athletico Spizz '80's great "Where's Captain Kirk" (TREMENDOUS song, also a great performance), and also Steel Pulse's phenominal reggae "The Ku Klux Klan".......it's a good side.

Devo leads off side 3 with a positively smoldering version of "Uncontrollable Urge", about 5 times better than the studio original. We get a good track from Echo & the Bunnymen, and a fantastic perfromance from the Au Pairs ("Come Again", great song and a great performance of same). Joan Jett turns in an energetic "Bad Reputation" which, again, is somewhat diminished by the word FUCK being censored.

Side 4 has some fairly lame performances from Gang of Four and 999, but the great X turn in a smoldering version of (already a great song) "Beyond and Back".

This is a decent album for fans of the era/genre, as I said I don't know if it's ever even been released on CD.....the film is pretty good as well. Nothing world changing here, but some pretty good tracks, career highs, maybe, even, for Athletico Spizz '80 and The Members. The Devo track also shows how rocking surprisingly, they could be on stage.

Hope you enjoy it guys, milking  the era for all it's worth!

DISC 1-THE POLICE-Driven to Tears/02 WALL OF VOODOO-Back in FLesh/03 TOYAH WILCOX-Dance/04 OMD-Enola Gay/05 OINGO BOINGO-Ain't This the Life/06 XTC-Respectable Street/07 THE MEMBERS-Offshore Banking Business/08 THE GO GO's-We Got the Beat/09 KLAUS NOMI-Total Eclipse/10 ATHLETICO SPIZZ 80-Where's Captain Kirk/11 THE ALLEY CATS-Nothing Means Nothing Anymore/12 JOOLS HOLLAND-Foolish I Know/13 STEEL PULSE-Ku Klux Klan

DISC 2-01 DEVO-Uncontrollable Urge/02 ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN-The Puppet/03 THE AU PAIRS-Come Again/04 THE CRAMPS-Tear It Up/05 JOAN JETT-Bad Reputation/06 PERE UBU-Birdies/07 GARY NUMAN-Down in the Park/08 FLESHTONES-Shadow Line/09 GANG OF 4-He'd Send in the Army/10 JOHN OTWAY-Cheryl's Going Home/11 999-Homicide/12 X-Beyond and Back/13 MAGAZINE- Model Worker/14 SKAFISH-Sign of the Cross


Man, how I loved this album back in the 1980's, at least the good parts......if you run across the DVD version on line, I recommend it.......but I think you'll enjoy, at least the highlights of these discs, Devo, the Go Go's and the Members never sounded better, maybe we could say the same for Wall of Voodoo and Athletico Spizz 80.......the 1980's are LONG GONE folks, but SOME of the music, sort of, lives on!

You know the drill.....links will be up when i get them up! Hopefully on MOnday Morning, Zippy willing.....again, "Welcome to the working week, I know it don't thrill ya I hope it don't kill ya".....it won't come August because I will be at least eligible to retire......we shall see what happens!



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