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Primitive Calculators - Primitive Calculators CD

Chapter Music

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Words from the label:

"A reissue of Primitive Calculators’s sole album recorded in 1979, plus six bonus tracks (four by the Primitive Calculators, one by the Moths, and one by a nameless Primitive Calculators/Whirlywirld hybrid recorded in the UK), and a rarely seen video made for the I Can’t Stop It single by band friend Janis Lesinskis." - Chapter Music

Track list:

1.  I Can Tell

2.  Do The Icepick

3.  Signals

4.  Stains

5.  Mud In My Eye

6.  Beat Goes On

7.  Lullaby

8.  Do That Dance

9.  I Can't Stop It

10.  Bake In The Sun

11.  Shout

Bonus tracks:

12. Sec Sec Sickle

13.  All I Get Is A Girl

14.  Nothing

15.  Glitter Kids

16.  Casualty Ward

17.  I Want To Live

Bonus Video:  I Can't Stop It

Format:  CD.  Jewel case. 

Year of release:  2004

Label:  Chapter Music (CH47)

City / Country:  Melbourne, Australia


""PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS - S/T CDIf anyone can tell me what 'art punk' really specifically refers to anymore in 2005, I'm game to listen. It's a lot easier to discern on this discus, a reissue of a previously impossible-to-find live lp by Australia's prime synth-buggerists the PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS. The first 11 tracks are the original record, recorded live in front of several folk (apparently) clapping at gunpoint, in 1979. It should be noted that this live LP functions as an effective bookend for the 'Live at YMCA 10.2.79' LP recorded by the UK's similarly inclined CABARET VOLTAIRE for Rough Trade. But unlike VOLTAIRE, most of whose stuff works on a level that most of ya’ll would not consider ‘punk’, the CALCULATORS maintain their dour aggression at all costs and the result is very, very punk, like if VOLTAIRE had recorded an entire LP in the vein of their ‘Nag Nag Nag’ EP. The bonus tracks, from hoarded shoebox cassettes, are even rougher and more, uh, punk. Call it synth-garage-muck. Anyone who picked up the SLUGFUCKERS or METAL URBAIN reissues last year should do themselves a favor and spend some meds dough on this as well. To have been at one of their cranky-aggro shows in 1979, especially compared to the mainstream sounds of that time, must have been like a visit to Mars, generating a totally uncertain audience response. This is 'art punk'." - RW, Maximum Rock N Roll