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Tag Archives: 1982

The Birthday Party – The Dim Locator

Bad boy ruck ‘n roll from Melbourne’s notorious outfit. A hollering slice of sleaze off of the 1982 album ‘Junkyard’.


You’ve Got Foetus On Your Breath – Wholesome Town

Racism, lynching, and rednecks get the Foetus treatment as Jim Thirlwell channels the spirits of Rawhide. From his 1982 album ‘ACHE’.

Prince – Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)

A wonderful future funk track from Prince’s fifth studio album; 1982’s ‘1999’. This could be a contender for the tag ‘Minneapolis Techno’, and surely stands as one of the records that influenced the Motor City guys. Fantastic tune.

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23 Skidoo – Tearing Up The Plans

Imagine mixing Dub, Jazz Fusion, and Avant-Garde classical in a blender and handing it to a Post-Punk act. From their 1982 EP of the same name.

You’ve Got Foetus On Your Breath – Instead…I Became Anenome

Cartoon Industrial with a hefty dash of Rockabilly; like a dayglo Suicide suffering a bout of mania. This is from Jim’s second album, 1982’s ‘ACHE’.

Peter Gabriel – Lay Your Hands On Me

Post-Genesis, and pre-Sledgehammer; this track comes from his 4th album released in 1982, titled ‘Peter Gabriel’ ( as were the previous 3), but also known s ‘Security’. There are hints of what was to come, but this album covers a lot of ground; from the cold, Electro-Funk of ‘The Family & The Fishing Night’, through the energised Pop of ‘Shock The Monkey’ and the glittering chant fest of ‘San Jacinto’, onto tracks such as this one. Tribal drumming and oh so 80’s vocal chants nestle alongside sections that you will recognise from his later material; where it can be argued that his work became a parody of what he did on albums like this. Have a listen, see what you think.

Liaisons Dangereuses – Los Niños Del Parque Original 12 inch Version 1982)

Proto-Electro/Techno from Beate Bartel (Mania D, Einstürzende Neubauten) and Chrislo Haas (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft), released in 1982. Seminal etc.


You’ve Got Foetus On Your Breath – Mark of the Ostracizor

Hard to believe this track hasn’t featured on this blog yet, as it’s an early Foetus track that’s a big favourite at Sentinel HQ. An infectious bassline riff underpins a track that see’s Jimmy give his very own Industrial take on early 80’s Funk (something he was keen on back in the day, along with versions of Electro). This is from his 1982 album ‘ACHE’; an album that really saw him find his way with the Foetus sound and was a precursor to the almighty ‘HOLE’ album from 1983.

The Birthday Party – Release The Bats

Tough as nails Rock ‘n’ Roll from the Australian powerhouse. This is from their 1982 masterpiece ‘Junkyard’, and sounds like Swans with swing and rockabilly holler.

“Sex horror. Sex bat. Sex horror. Sex vampire. Sex bat horror vampire sex.
Cool machine…”

Bad Brains – Pay To Cum (Original 7″)

Skater classic and American Hardcore anthem from 1982.

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