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1981 Urgh! A Music War 
Title: Urgh! A Music War 
Artist: Various Artists
Tracklisting:  01. Driven to Tears - The Police 
02. Back in Flesh - Wall of Voodoo 
03. Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 
04. Ain't This the Life - Oingo Boingo 
05. Respectable Street - XTC 
06. We Got the Beat - The Go-Go's 
07. Total Eclipse - Klaus Nomi 
08. Foolish I Know - Jools Holland 
09. Ku Klux Klan - Steel Pulse 
10. Uncontrollable Urge - Devo 
11. Puppet - Echo & the Bunnymen 
12. Tear It Up - The Cramps 
13. Bad Reputation - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts 
14. Birdies - Pere Ubu 
15. Down in the Park - Gary Numan 
16. Shadow Line - The Fleshtones 
17. He'd Send in the Army - Gang of Four 
18. Homicide - 999 
19. Beyond and Back - X 
20. Model Worker - Magazine 
21. Sign of the Cross - Skafish 
How old: This Album is old!
Release Date: 1981
Format: 2XLP 
Record Label: A&M
Catalogue No: AMLX64692 
Price Guide: £25.00
Country:  UK
Additional info: Deleted White label LP no Inner sleeve
Highest Chart Position: 1
Full Artist List:

Gary Numan: Keyboards 
Robert Palmer: Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals 
Andy Fraser: Bass 
Chris Frantz: Percussion, Drums 
Paul Gardiner: Bass 
Alan Mansfield: Guitar 
Kenny Mazur: Guitar 
Jack Waldman: Keyboards 
Donny Wynn: Drums 

Robert Palmer: Producer 
Greg Calbi: Mastering 
Alex Sadkin: Engineer, Mixing 
David Harper: Executive Producer 
Graham Hughes: Cover Art


CXM 84692



Urgh! A Music War (1981).  This concert was recorded at just the right moment to catch the "new wave" music at its most interesting. Retaining influences from the punk movement that preceded it, and not yet having been co-opted by major label boredom, the bands represented here represent quite a wide net. The Dead Kennedys' political hardcore punk. Joan Jett's straightforward guitar rock with attitude. The standard new wave pop of Gary Numan (cars), GoGos, and Devo. The oddball falsetto of Klaus Nomi. The gleeful juvenility of Surf Punks. Perhaps most important of all, the formative post-punk of Gang of Four, Echo and the Bunnymen, and The Cramps.

Eighties excess is no more evident than in the unbelievable perfomance from none other than the general of the Tubeway Army, GARY NUMAN. There's a huge stage set that loooks a lot like a disco, with a synchronized light show, a huge light-up "T" backdrop, and a completely fog shrouded stage. "Down in the Park" kicks in and Gazza is nowhere to be seen. The he appears, singing seated from the inside of a mini-car that totes him around the stage for the duration of the entire song! It spins and rotates around during the lengthy instrumental parts, while Numan does absolutely nothing but look suitably pissy. The thing even has fucking headlights, which is lucky considering the amount of fog machines that appear to be in use. Completely unbelievable. As the song ends Numan disappears into a mini-carport beneath the drum riser, and the crowd goes apeshit as darkenss falls. The Sundance + Sky channel airs it on the rare occasion, but minus the Numan footage, Apparently Gazza wanted too much dough for the right to use his impressive performance. 

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