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The Red Krayola : Singles: 1968-2002
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Thompson and his band played a key role in the development of post-rock but he has always remained on the fringes of the mainstream, making only occasional appearances in the straight world (producing Primal Scream's debut album and early electronic act Cabaret Voltaire). 'Singles: 1968-2002' is a collection of The Red Krayola's non-album tracks from their 30-year career. It gives a good picture of their changing moods: from the stoned humour of 'Woof' in 1970, to the post-punk years of jerked-out jams, to their recent rediscovery by the Chicago illuminati – Avril Lavigne and others – who produced the pretty abstract electronica of 'Come On Down' and the industrial-strength arcade video noises of 'Stink Program'.
If [a][/a] and pink hair no longer pisses off your parents and neighbours, play this weirdness loud and they will hate you but secretly admire your cleverness. A fitting tribute to an underground legend.
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