Invisible Guy recommends: 80s Post-Punk – 1983-1984 (Part III)

I’ve been through with you in the 80′s now in about six parts, four parts were about new wave and two parts were about minimal wave. Now, because of popular demand (not really), I’ve decided to unleash the post-punk monster. It will feature six different parts, whereas each one of them will concentrate on important years. I will walk you through a decade of important music, I could almost call it the golden years of post-punk. The parts will go on like this: Part I, 1980-1981. Part II, 1982. Part III, 1983-1984. Part IV, 1985. Part V, 1986-1987. And finally: Part VI, 1988-1989. Hopefully you’ll enjoy this madness, featuring (mostly) obscure or unknown bands in this sphere. New for this recommendation will be that I have different commentaries under each video, some of them are humorous and others are not. It will cover the basic aspect of each video or text. Enjoy this one.

You’re now entering Part III of the recommendation.

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So, turn up the music will ya'? This is the last pop-song!

19. 1000 Mexicanscatchy, eccentric and innovative post-punk. One of the more brave stories from the UK, an independent band starting out and revolutionizing with their harmonics and rhythms. But they didn’t get along with the major business, e.g. the big labels. Therefore they were practically ignored, but found their own way. Extremely underrated music that shouldn’t have been ignored. Who knows, the mainstream press might’ve been chanting their name instead of many other famous acts from the UK. I’m getting sick of it, to be honest, but what can you expect when you don’t go on a search for yourself? Anyway, I’m here to help you. Unfortunately, despite of them trying to make the best of it, bureaucracy and bad stuff got to them too. So I decided to choose their album The Last Pop Song (1984, Abstract Sounds) and the song with the same title: The Last Pop Song. I love it because it totally embodies what they were going through, and also the bastardization of pop at that time. The catchyness accompanied by great vocals and their signature rhythmic and harmonics will give you chills down your spine.

- Hey, dude! The dollar? - Yeah? - It's fallin' down!

18. Bone Cabal – funky post-punk with a tribal edge, great bass and drumming blended with alternative rock. I don’t know much about this band actually, more than that they were one of those bands who released a great record and then disappeared from the public’s eye for good. What I do know, however, is that this album was produced by the great Jasun Martz. He also produced a criminally underestimated and not too overlooked record titled Jasun Martz & The Neoteric Orchestra – The Pillory (1978). Even though he hasn’t produced anything since 2005, those few releases that he’s produced are great. Now on with the show! I picked their only album Five Budget Cuts (1983, Mystic Records) and the song Falling Dollars. I picked it because I really like the synth-arrangement that doesn’t overshadow the steep and deep post-punk bass, I also like the percussion where they’ve actually included a cow-bell which adds another nice little touch to an otherwise great song.

Like a desert, so smooth, so calm - like velvet?

17. New Model Army – almost gothic, definitely somewhat spastic with darker and more sinister vocals. If you haven’t heard of this band, it’s bad enough. Another one of those UK bands, but perhaps not as overlooked as Joy Division or them big dudes. This is one of those bands where you’ll need to know their story, since they were and are pretty big. Even though they haven’t made themselves noticed on a record since 2011, which was just a year ago. So, what did I decide to do then? Well, besides having you guys and girls running around the internet and searching their stuff up and listening to their story – I’ll be choosing an album. So I chose one of their earliest albums, namely the one named: Bittersweet (1983, Quiet). What about the song? I picked their song Tension. Why? It’s because its one of those genius post-punk songs that you can’t stop playing, a lurking bass climbing up from the sewer or deep down in the dungeon. Anyway, the singer is almost singing like that times goth-band singer would, which is a great addition to that damn baseline. Also, the riffing is a little bit spazzy but it moves along, as if the bass grips it by it’s strings and says: “Now you’ll come along, little one“. Because, as we all know, the bass is the master in the post-punk bands.

Pasty Face? Pasty Face? Pasty Face?

16. Fungus Brains – this is what you get when you blend noise and post-punk. Here’s actually a band that’s so unpopular at the moment, that I actually can tell you who they are. Nothing negative intended with that sentence, it just means that it’s criminally good. These blokes are from Australia (of course), which makes sense since most good post-punk and underrated ones come from that part of the world. These are the men behind the band: Simon Adams (did a comeback with tech-house), Andrew Walpole, Mick Turner (went solo), Simon Sleigh, Peter Maddick and Geoff Marks. Everything they pumped out from this year (1983) and forward have been absolutely stunning, and there’s loads of it to check out for yourselves. Anyway, I picked their album Ron Pistos Real World (1983, Max Cass) and the song Pasty Faces. It totally blew my mind and I was thinking for a second: “Hey, isn’t that Nick Cave singing?” but even though it wasn’t, it sounds completely legit. Almost in the vein of The Birthday Party, which is a good thing since I love that band. If you’d dip them in a bowl of noise-rock and add a little finishing touch of garage, you’d have your ultimate post-punk crossover concoction. Now you could brag that you sound like Nick Cave, or at least sounded like him back in the days. Also, the saxophone sounds like an elephant? How nice!

In a hole, or in a grave?

15. Inca Babiesslower than the others, but still keeping up with the post-punk heat. Another one of those independent bands, also from the UK. They are also criminally forgotten, in some haze of praise for the bigger bands and still are. As I said before, I’m getting pretty sick of it. People telling me how good they are and they surely are, but there are some even better ones out there. This time around, lets meet: Bill Bonney, Darren Bullows, Harry Stafford, Rob Haynes and Tony Clark. I also forgot to mention that they’re from the charming city of Manchester, who pumped out many great acts in the same genre. So, this time I chose one of their tinier EPs, namely Grunt Cadillac Hotel (1984, Black Lagoon Records) and I picked their song Jericho. This is also one of those records who remind me of The Birthday Party, but namely their earlier years with songs such as Wildworld and Nick The Stripper. It actually sounds like an identical blend of those two songs, but maybe the setting is a little bit different. However, the baseline is great and the drumming is too. When the singer comes in with his rambling lunacy, it starts to catch up even more when the sound scape lacks it. Somehow he enhances the environment of it, making it even more insane and lonely than the music itself does.

So I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips from Invisible Guy. This is the end of Part III.

Part IV will be published on Thursday or Friday.

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