Friday, January 13, 2006
 
78 SOLDIER DEAD
A LOOK INTO YOU
RADICAL STUDENTS IN SATIN BOOTS
VIRTOUS GIRL (sic)
STUPID ART

39 Clocks

I am totally in awe of the born-out-of-time German synth-punk duo 39 Clocks, a deliriously and studiedly cool early '80s duo with a broken drum machine (it seemed to have maybe two settings, total) who anticipated the Spacemen Three's obsession with the Velvets and Suicide but in a fabulously wrong, perhaps intentionally fucked-up, ESL-poetry, bad haircut and pleather pants, more than mildly Gothy and very very 'Sprockets' kinda way that seemed both ahead of and woefully behind the times but has never ceased to sound perfect to these ears.

Thirty Nine Clocks used the English language wonderfully; just peep some of their song titles: Twisted & Shouts/ New Crime Appeal/ Shake The Hippie/ 78 Soldier Dead/ Test The Beat/ Psycho Beat/ 39 Explosion Heats/ A look Into You/ Heat Of Violence/ Dom (Electricity Elects The Rain)/ Psychotic Louie Louie/ Past Tense Hope &/ Instant Fears On 42nd Street/ Virtous Girl/ Three Floors Down/ Rainy Night Insanities/ A Touch Of Rot.

I adore them and have since my ex roommate, Uncle Wiggly member and WFMU DJ Bill Berger turned me on to them ca. 1989. I know next to nothing about them, and all I own are two albums and a comp. These songs are from that compilation disc, released in 1993, called The Original Psycho Beat, which collects tunes from their four LPs. It's out of print but should be not too difficult to find.

-Mike McGonigal

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