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Album Review

Romeo Void ably represented the post-punk zeitgeist. Their simple, relentless beat and repetitive riffs complemented singer Debora Iyall's huffy posturing, in which the denial of emotion became an emotional statement in itself. In "White Sweater," Iyall obsessed on the clothing in which her sister committed suicide; she might demand "Talk Dirty (To Me)," but never forgot that "Love Is an Illness," and one is best off keeping "Myself to Myself." Meanwhile, the band maintained a minimalist backing in which every note counted. If punk spoke of unmitigated rage, Romeo Void's music was no less angry, but far more resigned.

Customer Reviews

Romeo Void

Good for girls growing out of self-consciousness and into Self, might get a guy up to speed emotionally--but you can't just listen, try out your new skills on real people and wear a condom EVERY time until you settle on journeying far with one other soul,
I am writing as a heterosexual, but just substitute genders you love where necessary :)

Deep Stuff from an Unlikely Era

Abstract poetry on an experimental sonic journey. This band took me like early Talking Heads did. I can never get enough of Benjamin Bossi's avant-garde saxophone. One of those rare moments in rock history that changes everything. It's great to rediscover this gem.


Formed: 1979 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Thanks to the reductive onslaught of the "'80s party weekend" radio format and the numbing similarity of most '80s hits compilations, hearing the name Romeo Void instantly conjures up the phrase "I might like you better if we slept together" in most minds. The unforgettable chorus of their best-known song, 1981's "Never Say Never," the phrase on its own makes the song sound like some kind of shock-value novelty, and indeed, that's probably how many people remember it. Yet a careful listen to the...
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