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One of the top-20 "punk/alt" albums of the '80's!

Back in the early 80's like any good rebel I was totally into 70's punk (Pistols, Gen X, DEVO, Clash, Wire, etc), indie/alt rock (Replacements, Sonic Youth, X); "hardcore" punk (Black Flag, DKs, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, etc) and post-punk/goth (Siouxsie, Bauhaus, Cure, Joy Division). All great and fine. But when I heard "Out Of The Tunnel" by MX-80 (then called MX-80 Sound), I was completely blown away! MX-80 had a wit and sarcastic edge unmatched by anyone other than Flipper; a sense of black humor darker than any goth; "thinking-man" lyrics that weren't just nihilism and faux-anarchy crap (Wire was the only other band that even compared); and most of all their music was hard-edged but also diverse and intelligent. They could play hardcore tinged "punk-pop" (I Walk Among Them, Follow That Car, City of Fools); warped, twisted, off-kilter surf-punk instrumentals (Sisters, Fender Bender, Pharoah's Sneakers, Crowd Control); alt-jazz-drone-metal decades before it's time (Night Rider, Face of the Earth); and dark, melancholic ambient alt-lounge (Promise of Love, Obsessive Devotion). Musically they were light-years above the rest of the punk/hardcore/indie/goth/alt scene, and still hold up today. Bruce Anderson is one of the most underrated guitarist of the entire decade. Imagine Greg Ginn (from Black Flag) crossed with alt-jazzer Bill Frisell, with some Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Fred Frith mixed in. Genius. The only reason they didn't get the "fame" of the other big-name punk/hardcore/alt bands was because they didn't fit cleanly into one category...and didn't give a CRAP about it. They didn't wear leather jackets or all-black or combat boots or Converse sneakers...so they didn't have the "correct" punk "look." Instead they looked like guys who worked at IBM or Radio Shack: Total nerds. And if there is one thing for certain, it is that the majority of people into punk (and even *moreso* goth) really, really, really place importance on conforming to the "alternative uniform." In reality MX-80 was actually MORE punk than most of the punks at the time, because they *truly* didn't give a rat's rear about conforming. The only confusing thing is why some idiot at iTunes labelled this as "jazz." Huh!?? Yeah, and Miles Davis is Country Western, right? Braindead. Get this double-album CD. It belongs in the top-20 of alt albums of all time. Period.

Pure, Raw Energy!

I used to have "Out of the Tunnel" on cassette back in high school, and I wore it out! "Someday You'll Be King" is an amazing song! If you like raw, indie rock, these guys are it! Had no idea they were on iTunes until today when I had "Follow That Car" stuck in my head and decided to check. Hooray for iTunes having stuff like this, and not just top-40 crap!

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