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Zoned [Digipak]

  • 1. My Tears Will Drown the World
    2. You Can't Count the Bombs (It's Zero)
    3. Fast Cars
    4. PLO
    5. Rainy Night Insanities
    6. Past Tense Hope & Instant Fears on 42nd Street
    7. Dom (Electricity Elects the Rain)
    8. Heat of Violence
    9. New Crime Appeal
    10. Aspettando Godot
    11. Look into You, A
    12. 39 Explosion Heats
    13. Psycho Beat
    14. Test the Beat
    15. 78 Soldier Dead
    16. Shake the Hippie
    17. Twisted & Shouts
    18. DNS
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 76068

  • Credits

    Personnel: Andr Mergen (cello).
    Recording information: 1980-1987.
    The '80s did not happen in Hanover, Germany, they same way they happened everywhere else. At least, that is what one listen to ZONED, a compilation of the greatest insanities by German duo the 39 Clocks, would lead one to conclude. Bridging the brown acid garage of the 13th Floor Elevators with the freakiest side of Kraut (think Faust at their most terror-oriented) and the rough iconoclasm of '70s Cleveland acts like the Electric Eels and Pere Ubu, Christian Henjes and Juergen Gleue revise psychedelia like none of their '80s contemporaries. With a decidedly confrontational tone (their early shows reportedly inspired knife-throwing by the angered audience) and an anything goes approach to the tone spectrum, 39 Clocks are the polar opposite of the Church--i.e. a neo-psych band that is all edges. ZONED collects (sequenced backwards from newest to oldest) 18 tracks from their many ultra-rare albums. Combining scabrous garage riffs, cheap organ drones, primitive digital beats, deadpan vocal hooks, oddball string arrangements, and occasional noise meltdowns, each track goes for the jugular. "Shake the Hippie" says it all--this is not your father's psych, but a dementedly winning side-trip to the dark side.

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.80) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[C]hallenging...its mix of familiar reference points ranging from the garage-esque to the experimental."
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