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History In Reverse (KLP164)

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anothermichael RIP, Bill Rieflin. A true gentleman.
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woodub I like this song but more the 12" version for two reasons. First it's 12 minutes long, second it has a very "Tones on Tail" vibe to it. If you have a chance to pick up the 12" don't hesitate to do so! Favorite track: Everglades.
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Christopher Miller I had only ever heard the "Lost Soul's Club" EP from back in the Wax Trax days, but my musical appreciation has expanded since then. There are other great early-80s post-punk/no wave songs on this compilation like: "The Underpass", "Dead Man's Curve", "Probablities", and "Industry". Favorite track: The Underpass.
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Jeremy Farren Great stuff then and forever Favorite track: Idiot.
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Chipped Beef 04:01
Idiot 04:26
Writhing 03:40
Everglades 04:09
Industry 02:33
Young Man 02:57
Probability 04:46
Being Be 04:26
Five is 5 03:43


The Blackouts were the best Seattle band you never heard of. To those who bought their records and attended their shows, this is no secret. But for the majority who didn't, this exciting anthology--long overdue--thankfully now exists. Sequenced in reverse-chronological order, it begins with their last recordings, which were produced by Al Jourgensen and originally released on Wax Trax! (three Blackouts later worked with Jourgensen in Ministry after the Blackouts demise). The album ends with their debut 45 “The Underpass”. Included on History in Reverse (KLP165) are three previously unreleased songs from the Wax Trax! session.

In 1979, following the breakup of the notorious Telepaths, several members (guitarist Erich Werner, drummer Bill Rieflin, synth/sax player Roland Barker and bassist Mike Davidson, later replaced by Paul “Ion” Barker) re-formed as a new musical alliance--the Blackouts. They had an implosive intensity and were the antithesis of the bar bands that dominated Seattle's anemic local music scene. Intentional, dynamic songs were the Blackouts' stock-in-trade. At this they excelled. Over the next six years they released four singles and EPs on four different labels (Modern, Engram, Situation Two, a subsidiary of 4AD, and Wax Trax!) and relocated to Boston, then San Francisco. Few bands from that era can claim as impressive a legacy as History in Reverse.


released November 2, 2004


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