High Pressure Days - EP
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||High Pressure Days (Headman Rework)||The Units||4:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||High Pressure Days (Rory Phillips Remix)||The Units||5:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||High Pressure Days||The Units||3:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
scorching electro punk masterpiece
Wow-- a re-release from a mid 1980's cool electro/punk band The Units, from San Francisco. Their "hit" was High Pressure Days--of which we get three versions--two new--and the original. It's lyrics are spot-on and prophetic of today's daily mad-dash to nowhere. Musically, it's synthesizer heavy--but this song totally rocks out and during the instrumental break comes crazily beautifully unhinged. The vocals are a very compelling combination of melodic/frantic. My fave is the shorter original version with a real live human playing drums. Check it out--a lost gem worthy of our attention!
Old Is New
This cult act from the early 80's sounds remarkably contemporary. Should appeal to fans of DFA and LCD Soundsystem. Now if only they would reissue "The Right Man", another great track.
This is a classic from the early-80's that I played on my college radio show many times. From the seminal 415 west coast label and long out of print, it's great to see at least this one track. The entire LP would be nice sometime, but this is the standout track. Pre-dates and anticpates the electro dance music soon to come - I've always felt the Units were underappreciated. If you like this, search for another favorite from the period: Drinking Electricity and their track 'Breakout'. Not on iTunes and absolutley obscurist, but similar pulsing synth energy from Canadien duo.
Formed: 1978 in San Francisco, CA
Years Active: '70s, '80s
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