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Quite Ridiculous Nonsense

Quite Ridiculous Nonsense - A Failure... EP - 7

A Failure... EP - 7"
(independent) - 1984

Michael Panontin
This excellent EP comes shrouded in the sort of mystery that can cause mild bouts of arrhythmia in serious collectors. The Montreal band (?) was the brainchild of one Daniel Foley, who after all these years seems to have eluded the great algorithmists at Google. And like many of those bands that probably fed Foley's obtuse post-punk visions, the four songs here are definitely "ideal to get rid of your unwanted visitors", as the liner notes so ominously warn us. The most obvious reference point has to be West Yorkshire's equally obscure heroes the Distributors, whose quirky, robotic base riffs and detached vocal wouldn't seem so out of place next to Foley's riveting 'General Attitude' on side one. Over on the flip, the industrial 'Identity Crisis' sounds like an outtake from Cabaret Voltaire's Rough Trade years, while the curious noodling on 'Boredom' shows that Foley might have had a chance meeting on a turntable with Nurse with Wound's early catalogue. A mint copy of this went for 160 bucks in 2012, while the band's follow-up 1986 cassette Poor Work has fetched a healthy 78 dollars, so good luck getting your hands on one of these.

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