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Vain, Erudite And Stupid: Selected Works 1987-2005

Dead C

Vain, Erudite And Stupid: Selected Works 1987-2005

Ba Da Bing!
2XCD $9.50

08/01/2006 600197005026 

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MP3 $9.90

08/01/2006  

 


There’s no “correct” way to respond to The Dead C’s music. With a catalogue that oscillates between subverting traditional song structures and stomping out and obliterating the very notion, New Zealand’s Michael Morley, Bruce Russell and Robbie Yeats have continually made the most crushing, expansive and intelligent rock noise ever to be heard. The number of their peers who are also fans — Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Comets On Fire, Black Dice — shows the league in which they play. 
The Dead C have been creating the greatest of squalls for twenty years now, and to mark the anniversary, Ba Da Bing is proud to present this double CD retrospective, with tracks hand-picked by the band members themselves, collecting old and new faves and out-of-print rarities. All this at a price so nice, you’d think you were picking up a ten-song Supertramp greatest hits package. 
This release serves long-time fans and the curious alike, as chances are few people have heard everything on these discs. The band chose critical highlights as well as material they felt deserved wider exposure. While classics like “Constellation,” “Power,” and “Bitcher” are present, so are obscurities like “Mighty” from their Forced Exposure 7-inch, “All Channels Open” from the limited, double-disc DC record and “3 Years” from the Xpressway Pile-Up compilation. The real thrill is listening to the band’s development over time, from the deconstructed skeletal rock of their early output to the eventual, cosmic marriage of reason and squalor that is as crushing as it is indescribable.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Max Harris By The Dead C.

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  2. #2 Angel By The Dead C.

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  3. #3 3 Years By The Dead C.

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  4. #4 Maggot By The Dead C.

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  5. #5 Glass Hole Pit By The Dead C.

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  6. #6 Helen Said This By The Dead C.

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  7. #7 Hell Is Now Love By The Dead C.

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  8. #8 Highway By The Dead C.

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  9. #9 Power By The Dead C.

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  10. #10 Mighty By The Dead C.

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  11. #11 Constellation By The Dead C.

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  12. #12 T Is Never Over Pt I & Ii By The Dead C.

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  13. #13 World By The Dead C.

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  14. #14 The Marriage Of Reason And Squalor By The Dead C.

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  15. #15 Bitcher By The Dead C.

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  16. #16 Voodoo Spell By The Dead C.

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  17. #17 Repent Iv By The Dead C.

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  18. #18 Head By The Dead C.

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  19. #19 All Channels Open By The Dead C.

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  20. #20 Tuba Is Funny (slight Return) By The Dead C.

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  21. #21 Repulsion By The Dead C.

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  22. #22 Truth By The Dead C.

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