Category Archives: Record Review

Releases that get the scrutiny of The Post-Punk Monk.

Record Review: Soft Cell – Memorabilia UK 12″

Soft Cell: Memorabilia UK 12″ [1981] Memorabilia [long version] Persuasion [long version] Back in 1982, I can recall first encountering the Soft Cell track “Memorabilia” on the “Non-Stop Ecstatic Dancing” remix album that followed in the wake of “Tainted Love’s” … Continue reading

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Record Review: Iggy Pop – The Idiot US CD [part 4]

[…continued from last post] I’ll never forget what I once saw on a journey from Cleveland to Chicago in 1998 on Interstate 90. I was accompanying a Cle-based friend of JTs and we were headed to Chicago to see Kraftwerk … Continue reading

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Record Review: Iggy Pop – The Idiot US CD [part 3]

[…continued from last post] Unlike the Bowie cover, the original “China Girl”cuts in on the “one” with only a split second before Pop began singing. None of the cod-orientalism [courtesy of producer Nile Rodgers] of the Bowie cover was present … Continue reading

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Record Review: Iggy Pop – The Idiot US CD [part 2]

[…continued from last post] The harmonized drum sound of “Sister Midnight” took a rest as the song “Nightclubbing” was built on a simple plodding rhythm box with queasy catcall synths vying for space with David Bowie’s barrelhouse piano. The latter … Continue reading

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Record Review: Iggy Pop – The Idiot US CD [part 1]

Iggy Pop: The Idiot US CD [1990] Sister Midnight Nightclubbing Funtime Baby China Girl Dum Dum Boys Tiny Girls Mass Production It’s been 42 years, but in the waning days of 2019, I finally got around to hearing Iggy Pop’s … Continue reading

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Record Review: JAPAN – Gentlemen Take Polaroids UK 2×7″

JAPAN: Gentlemen Take Polaroids UK 2×7″ [1980] Gentlemen Take Polaroids [edit] The Experience Of Swimming The Width of A Room Burning Bridges [alt. ver. – David Sylvian prod.] “Gentlemen Take Polaroids” will always be a standard bearer of my love … Continue reading

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Sparks Release DL Single To Herald 2020 With A Plea Of Great Import

Ron And Russell lay it on the line for their new single Yesterday I had planned on looking back at 2019 but the death of Vaughan Oliver threw a monkey wrench [none dare call it a spanner…] into that plan. … Continue reading

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