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Jul 00

Not a bad idea at all: Andy Weatherall has put together a compilation,

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Not a bad idea at all: Andy Weatherall has put together a compilation, 9 O’Clock Drop of early 80s white avant-funk bands (ACR, 23 Skidoo, et al. – lots of Factory acts too, I shouldn’t wonder). Here’s an article (link c/o Martin) where he talks about it. The piece contrasts the skeletal mechano-paranoid effectiveness of the era’s music favourably with Britney et al. but that seems beside the point – the people who should really be paying attention are the trip-hoppers and downtempo purists who have shamefully neglected this whole movement both as an inspiration and as a source for reissues, probably because this edgy, atmospheric music entirely lacks the chilled, cossetted vibe of today’s bar-ready breakbeat nonsense.

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