THINGS I HAVE BEEN ENJOYING LATELY, FIRST IN A SERIES

Now that Hell Month is over (and I have been VINDICATED) at work, I can get back to my regularly scheduled LJ slack-breaks.

THINGS I HAVE BEEN ENJOYING LATELY, FIRST IN A SERIES:

Specimen – Electric Ballroom
Specimen is one of the most important bands in goth and deathrock music. They were the band that founded the Batcave in the early 80s, asking the regulars (Robert Smith, Nik Fiend, Marc Almond, Nick Cave, etc.), “Are you man enough to wear makeup?”

They released a handful of singles and an EP, and then broke up sometime in the mid 80s, with the members joining Siouxsie & the Banshees, The KLF, Sinéad O’Connor, and eventually opening the NagNagNag club — but never again working together as Specimen.

DUN DUN DUNNN…

UNTIL NOW

Now, when a band that defined a genre comes back to write a full length album (in this case, their first full length album) after 20 years of inactivity, you might not have high hopes. Instead, you may have low hopes. You may, in fact, criticize their poor decision making skills and/or cocaine habits that drove them to this. You may also vow to never listen to the product, so that your precious memory of the band is not forever sullied. This is because the album will cost you $25 and 42 minutes of your life that you can never get back. It is always a bad idea, and it is always a terrible album.

THAT IS…

UNTIL NOW

This album reminds me a lot of Tones on Tail, and the good parts off Mechanical Animals and Peepshow. There isn’t a bad track on it, and the two bonus songs are solid dancefloor EBM and Psytrance tracks. Who knew they had it in them?

You should buy it. It is awesome.

3 thoughts on “THINGS I HAVE BEEN ENJOYING LATELY, FIRST IN A SERIES

  1. I did not notice that they have a new album- certainly I shall observe it now. I’ve been enjoying the “Wet Warm Cling – Film Red Velvet Crush” compilation I grabbed from Oink for a while now, as well as the Atomizer remix. Do you have the Atomizer album ‘Rubber Youth’? It was where I first heard that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang remix (they tagged a ton of remixes on their album as bonus tracks). Their album is quite slick and partly produced by Jimmy Cauty.

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