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The First Flower

Play Dead

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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.

Customer Reviews

Seductively he's torn apart

One of the most underated bands of all time. "Time" sets a high standard which is maintained throughout the whole album. I kid not when I state that "The Tenant" is probably one of the greatest tracks I have EVER heard. This is Goth rock with a touch of funk base and it creates a fantastic mix which will stay in your head for ever.If you were in to early Killing Joke then you will probably have an appreciation for Play Dead, but they are even better. This is undoubtedly their best album but this should not stop you seeking out the others as they are all worth a check. In particular, look out for the track "Isobel"

Biography

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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