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This live album, recorded in the U.S. in 1992, is basically what one would expect from an Alien Sex Fiend live album — very decent, very rocking goth-punk. The quality of the recording is somewhere between that of a high-quality bootleg and a standard live album. The band plays its songs straight, capturing the spirit of the originals; they make nice use of synths and samplers on their more goth-influenced tracks, like "Now I'm Feeling Zombiefied," and others, like "Wild Women," pick up the set list with Cramps-style rock. The album's a nice addition for those who are already familiar with Alien Sex Fiend's extensive catalog.


Formed: 1982 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A product of Britain's early-'80s Batcave goth punk movement, the North London-based Alien Sex Fiend were led by the eccentric Nick Wade, better known as the macabre Nik Fiend. A staple of the London scene as a member of such relatively obscure groups as the Earwigs and Mr. & Mrs. Demeanour, he made his recording debut under the name Demon Preacher; several other short-lived projects followed before he formed Alien Sex Fiend in 1982 with wife and synth player Christine (aka Mrs. Fiend), guitarist...
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