Here's a brief one, for you NWW list collectors. I'll bet that Stapleton feller would have been pretty pleasantly surprised in '80 or so to know that almost 30 years later, that tossed-off list would end up being the guidebook for diving into the '70s underground.
As I see it, there's some pretty consistent categories in that list:
- Prog rock, much of it from the continent
- Kraut rock, much of it fuckin' great
- Avant classical, a lot of it electronic in nature
- Avant jazz, mostly French
- Zappa/Beefheart weirdo rock
It's that last category that is the area where I've been most disappointed with the quality of the listed records. I do think that it is difficult to tell how good music is immediately after it comes out. A lot of that post-punk stuff, present day nostalgia notwithstanding, must have sounded better then than it does now.
This one is very generic post-punk. If you like the style, you'll like this. But it isn't going to change your life, even if your life really sucks.
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