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Tag Archives: 1987

Scraping Foetus off the Wheel – Ramrod

One’s of Jim’s 12″ tracks from his Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel days. ‘Ramrod’ is a metal-bashing Cyberpunk number that paved the way for the likes of NIN et al (sorry Jim). Big synths, reverb on the drums, and vocals with some real spite from back in 1987.


Einstürzende Neubauten – Ich bin’s

A track from the German acts 1987 album ‘Fünf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala’. Nasty, short and brutish; like life.

Snakefinger’s Vestal Virgins – Sawney Bean/Sawney’s Death Dance

Snakefinger and co deliver a song about the fiendish cannibal clan that are infamous in Scottish history. The first section has Snakey reciting the tale with a background of wind, before the whole band kick in with some Medieval folky doings. This was the closing track(s) from their 1987 album ‘Night of Desirable Objects’.

Tuxedomoon – Roman P

The 80’s is strong on this opener from the San Fransisco Art Rock darlings 1987 album ‘You’. A kind of alternative idea of what 80’s Pop could have been.

Einstürzende Neubauten – Keine Schoenheit Ohne Gefahr

A beautifully moving track from the band’s 1987 album ‘Fünf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala’, where they continued from the added light and shade that they started applying to their music on previous album,  ‘Halber Mensch’.

Butthole Surfers – Boiled Dove

Cracking Butthole’s tune from the essential 1987 compilation ‘Smack My Crack’. Stomping psych garage with Gibby on top form. It was wicked ass.

Negativland – Yellow Black and Rectangular

The insanity of repetition used perfectly from the US outfit on their classic 1987 album ‘Escape From Noise’.

Tuxedomoon – The Train (You version)

The Frisco acts snazzy cocktail-Pop number from ‘Ship Of Fools’ (1986) get’s a revamp on their 1987 album ‘You’. This version could also be found as the B-Side to the ‘Boxman’ single.

Einstürzende Neubauten – Morning Dew

A stunning cover of a folk song originally written and performed by Canadian singer-songwriter Bonnie Dobson. The track has been covered by a number of artists such as Lee Hazlewood, Devo, Nazareth; among many, many others. The most famous was perhaps the Grateful Dead. However, the most effective is probably this version from ‘Fünf Auf Der Nach Oben Offenen Richterskala’.

Butthole Surfers – The O-Men

Demented Noise Rock from the Texans 1987 magnum opus, ‘Locust Abortion Technician’.

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