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Album Review

Titled after the original six-track EP, and containing that in its entirety, this collection makes the band's earliest work up through the Propaganda 1984 Mixes EP available on one disc. In terms of sheer convenience, it's a godsend for any enthusiastic fan wanting to check out Play Dead, while the remastering sounds great and the discography, if stripped down to simple release and technical information, is still useful. Those with no patience to extreme, theatrical singing, screaming, artsy guitar riffs, and everything that seemed to make up the Positive Punk/goth scene as stereotyped in the early '80s will want to avoid this like the plague. However, those willing to take a chance on it might find themselves rewarded — keep an eye out for it.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

One of the lesser-known names in the incipient goth rock scene of early-'80s England, Play Dead combined both a relatively derivative combination of influences and some individual flashes of brilliance to make a low-key cult name for itself. A quartet, the band came together in late 1980 in Banbury near Oxford. After initially playing with another guitarist, one Re Vox, a lineup shuffle resulted in the final form of the group: guitarist Steve Green, singer Rob Hickson, bassist Pete Waddleston, and...
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