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The Curse of Zounds

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Protégés of the Crass collective — Penny Rimbaud produced their records, while Eve Libertine designed their sleeves — Zounds forswore their mentors' deliberately primitive noise punk style in favor of a much cleaner, almost pop sound, that puts The Curse of Zounds in the same stylistic ballpark as many of the Factory Records bands of the era. Singer/songwriter Steve Lake's prominent basslines power the songs in the familiar post-Joy Division fashion, while Lawrence Wood and Nick Godwin's chunky guitar lines skitter around in a style reminiscent of the Au Pairs and Gang of Four. Lyrically provocative without descending into the usual cheap sloganeering, Lake's lyrics are engaging and sometimes quite funny, while the music is sure to appeal to any fan of British post-punk. The 1997 Broken Rekids reissue includes not only the full 1981 LP, but also the singles Zounds recorded for Crass around the same time.

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Zounds were an anarchist post-punk band with an altogether gloomier and more polished sound than the abrasive crash'n'bash of their mentors in Crass. Formed in 1977, Zounds was the brainchild of bassist/vocalist Steve Lake, a native of Reading who'd moved to Oxford and lived in a squatters community. The initial lineup included Lake, guitarist Steve Burch, and drummer Jimmy Lacey, and early on was influenced by psychedelia and Krautrock just as much as punk. Second guitarist Nick Godwin soon joined...
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