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Release Info: Headless Chickens (1986)
The debut from Auckland, New Zealand's Headless Chickens is as strange as the story of the band itself. This 1st EP is basically a continuation of the stellar post-punk band Children's Hour. After the break up of Children's Hour Chris Matthews (the hero of our story) joined another stellar post-punk band, This Kind of Punishment on some of their seminal works including A Beard of Bees, 5 By Four and Live '85 . After which the Headless Chickens were formed with former Children's Hour members.
The strange catchy song work here really defies categorization. Although they do seem good at twisting different genres, dementing them with their own particular intent. Post-punk (Monkey Jar), minimal synth (Axe), pop (Totalling Dad's Car), punk (Agit Pop), noise-rock (Hedge Song), TKP (The Slice), space-rock (The Ghost of Some Cold Street). All the with unmistakeable, chilling vocals of Chris Matthews, drum machines, synths, guitars, tape manipulations, and whatever else.
Or as a reviewer on RYM puts it- "This 7-track EP is a meticulous assemblage of rhythm, melody, and leftfield lyrics - cut up, mashed, filtered, then processed through a menagerie of 'treated' sound effects - sometimes devastatingly original, and superbly conceived. It can't really be described as being in a genre, so I call it art-punk - but you have to hear it really, to grasp it. It's just kinda out there ... alongside other 'radicals' like The Residents and Pere Ubu."
After winning the Rheineck Beer Rock award (whatever that is) for this EP. They where able to fund their later experiments on Stunt Clown. The story does get stranger in a way, because they would go on to score a number 1 hit in New Zealand a few years later.
Insert with lyrics included.
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