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Entomology

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Radio Drill Time (Postcard 7" version)
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It's Kinda Funny (Postcard 7" version)
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Final Request (b-side to "It's Kinda Funny")
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Heads Watch (taken from the aborted album "Sorry For Laughing")
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Drone (taken from the aborted album "Sorry For Laughing")
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Sense of Guilt (taken from the aborted album "Sorry For Laughing")
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Citizens (taken from the aborted album "Sorry For Laughing")
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Variation of Scene (taken from the aborted album "Sorry For Laughing")
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Endless Soul (taken from the aborted album "Sorry For Laughing")
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Sorry For Laughing (Postcard 7" version)
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Revelation (b-side to "Sorry For Laughing")
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Chance Meeting (Postcard 7" version)
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Pictures (of Cindy) (b-side to "Chance Meeting")
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Fun 'n' Frenzy (taken from the album "The Only Fun In Town")
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Crazy to Exist (taken from the album "The Only Fun In Town")
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Forever Drone (taken from the album "The Only Fun In Town")
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Heart of Song (taken from the album "The Only Fun In Town")
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16 Years (taken from the album "The Only Fun In Town")
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The Angle (b-side to "The Missionary")
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Heaven Sent (taken from the band's Peel Session (June 22nd 1981))
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The Missionary (taken from the band's Peel Session (June 22nd 1981))
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Applebush (taken from the band's Peel Session (June 22nd 1981))
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Total Tracks: 22   Total Length: 65:16

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Alex Naidus

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04.22.11
The restless half of the Scottish Sound.
Label: Domino Recording Co

In 1980, the same year the Ramones entered Hollywood (Rock n 'Roll High School) and the Clash released a bloated three disc-er (Sandinista), Josef K, an Edinburg-based post-punk band, recorded two albums in three weeks, scrapped one because they thought its production was too glossy, released the other (their only full-length) and then split up. If post-punk's reigning credo was "Rip it up and start again," Josef K was its case study.

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Lords of The Joy Haus

Mkesse

Let's get to basics. This band was good at what they did. The songs are inspired. But they were pretty much jumping someone else's train at the same time (circa 1980): a la Joy Division, Bauhaus, Lords of The New Church, Wire-- most all inspired by Bowie, The Stooges, etc... I downloaded this massive beast because it's a fine offering for the money-- And because "The Trial" is a favorite novel-- hence the name of the band: Joseph K.

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The Best of Post Punk

dickrickley

Absolutely stunning. You will never hear better interplay between guitarists (listen to previews: The Missionary, Heaven Sent, Endless Soul). Its Kinda Funny is possibly the best pop song of all time. And, to steal a phrase from a review of "Shit from an Old Notebook" by Minutemen, this band gets funkier than Darth Vader butt-f#&*ing a purple Rolex. Buy this album now.

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Josef K’s complete studio recordings can be had on two discs. Young and Stupid and The Only Fun in Town/Sorry for Laughing, both of which were reissued in 2002, tell the whole story, yet they were deleted by the time of Entomology’s late 2006 release. The disc marks the first time anything Josef K-related has been released Stateside, and it passably packs the highlights. Half of the tracks are pulled from Sorry for Laughing (a 1980 album that initially didn’t make it past the test-pressing phase) and The Only Fun in Town (a 1981 album that featured some re-recordings of Sorry for Laughing material), while the remainder wraps up all the essential sides from the band’s singles, in addition to a 1981 BBC session for John Peel. If you have the 2002 LTM reissues, there’s no need to obtain the disc; it would be completely redundant. If you don’t have them, you’ll be getting the vivid gist of a sharp and short-lived band — one that delivered brief, spastic shards of over-caffeinated post-punk with skittish vocals on the verge of spinning out of control. Along with Fire Engines, Orange Juice, Associates, Altered Images, Scars, Simple Minds, Aztec Camera, and Cocteau Twins, Josef K were standouts of an extremely vital post-punk era Scotland. This disc, along with Orange Juice’s The Glasgow School and Scritti Politti’s Early, is one of the essential post-punk reissues of 2005/2006. – Andy Kellman

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