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News From Babel – Who Will Accuse

On News From Babel’s second album,1986’s ‘Letters Home’, they enlist the help of the one and only Robert Wyatt, who lends his inimitable style to a track which ranges from melancholic to skittery in a rather short space of time.


Chrystal Belle Scrodd – Split And Well Hung

A track from the 1986 compilation ‘Ohrensausen’ (with the likes of Nurse With Wound, Coil, H.N.A.S, and Smegma; where Diana Rogerson plays around with the lyrics to songs like ‘That Old Black Magic’ and mangles them along with the disjointed music. Her voice goes from sultry to terrifying; something people familiar with her work with Nurse With Wound will recognise. Fantastic, as ever.

Big Black – Bazooka Joe

“The Joe man is back”.

Arthur Russell – Let’s Go Swimming (Walter Gibbons Mix)

Some excellent alt-Electro moves from Arthur and Walter circa 1986. You know the drill.

Cassiber – Orphee’s Mirror/I Tried To Reach You

Two tracks from Cassiber’s 1986 album ‘Perfect Worlds’. The first one shows drummer and ReR-man Chris Cutler doing his octopus thing in amongst sampledelia and mashed up noise. The second track has singer Christoph Anders belting out a number in such an OTT fashion, it beggars belief.

Coil – Ostia (The Death Of Pasolini)

This haunting song, which is essentially a lament, seems appropriate at this point in time. Haunting, mournful folk with flecks of chamber music. Truly, albeit starkly, beautiful. This is from the bands second album, 1986’s ‘Horse Rotorvator”.

The Residents – Earth vs The Flying Saucers

Around the mid 80’s The Residents had an idea of restoring sci-fi B movies by colouring them and doing a brand new soundtrack. They even checked out an old Porno cinema in Frisco with a notion of buying it in order to screen these restorations. Like many of their early ideas (Vileness Fats is the example that leaps immediately to mind), ambition exceeded ability; or at least ‘do-ability’. The idea was scrapped (they probably would have lost interest in it anyway), and all we have to show for it is a montage of the 1956 movie ‘Earth vs the Flying Saucers’ that has had colour added and, of course, music made by the fab four themselves accompanying the montage. This ended up being released with the first edition of the Cryptic Guide To The Residents.

The The – Twilight Of A Champion

It’s been 30 years since Matt Johnson’s ‘Infected’ album, which makes many of us feel old. However, for some, ‘Infected’ had the impact that Johnson’s ‘Soul Mining’ had for others. The whole thing is a tough Pop confection; like the flip side to what Jim ‘Foetus’ Thirlwell (Johnson’s friend and labelmate at this time) was doing on albums such as ‘NAIL’. Indeed, the first minute is pure Thirlwell; all horn stabs and clattering rockabilly, before it becomes an Electro-Pop number The The style. Enjoy.

The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

Many rate the third album by the Smiths as their best. We at The Sentinel prefer the previous two (and probably the one that came after); however, the title track is an absolute masterpiece, and is up there with their greatest numbers (imagine how crowded that space is). A track that is equally haunting and invigorating, here accompanied by a video by Derek Jarman no less.

The The – Infected

The title track from Matt Johnson’s 1986 album, which was his follow up to the much lauded ‘Soul Mining’. ‘Infected’ upped the ante re: production values, as well as energy. As far as production values went, The the decided to make a video for each song on the album, which became the ‘Infected’ film. Some Bizzare  head honcho Steve, along with Johnson, convinced CBS to advance them £350,000 to make the film. It all spun out of control when they moved filming to the Peruvian jungle; where the video for this song was filmed. ‘Infected’, like many tracks on the album, had a kind of tough pop sheen to them. The music is like a straighter, Pop-orientated version of the music currently played out by Some Bizzare label-mate and Johnson’s friend and ally Jim ‘Foetus’ Thirlwell.

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