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Death Disco : Songs From Under The Dance Floor 1978-1984

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Subtitled 'Songs From Under The Dance Floor', 'Death Disco' is a trawl through the songs which characterised the aftermath of punk and its subsequent inroads into funk music. No surprise that it begins with the title track recorded by Public Image Limited with the ominously rumbling of Jah Wobble's bass providing an insistent counterpoint to John Lydon's caterwauling. Low on tunes but high on rhythm, this compilation features unsettling yet fertile work and just about all of it has aged well from the Normal's primitive throbbing on 'Warm Leatherette' to the chugging futurism of Simple Minds' 'Theme For Great Cities'. But however influential the likes of Throbbling Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire are, it's almost a relief to hear the tracks which take themselves less seriously. The Higsons set about their task with wild abandon, Arto Lindsay delivers the Scritti Politti art-pop pastiche 'Let's Be Adult' and best of all is Buzzcocks' brilliantly infectious 'Why Can't I Touch It?'. Proving sometimes that it's better to be dumb than clever.
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01 Public Image Ltd - Death Disco
02 Steel Leg Vs The Electric Dread - Haile Unlikely (By The Electric Dread)
03 Gang Of Four - I Love A Man In Uniform
04 Delta 5 - Journey
05 The Normal - Warm Leatherette
06 Throbbing Gristle - United
07 Brian Eno/David Byrne - The Jezebel Spirit
08 Cabaret Voltaire - Yashar (John Robie Mix)
09 Rip Pig & Panic - Bob Hope Takes Risks
10 The Higsons - Put The Funk Back Into Punk (Parts I & II)
11 The Lounge Lizards - Do The Wrong Thing
12 XTC - Meccanik Dancing (Oh We Go!)
Standout Track Buzzcocks - Why Can't I Touch It?
14 Simple Minds - Theme For Great Cities
15 The Human League - Hard Times
16 Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thing
17 Arto Lindsay/Ambitious Lovers - Let's Be Adult

Standout Track = Standout Track

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