Siglo XX - Antler Tracks 1

 

Some saddos from Belgium heard Joy Division and thought, "How hard could that be?" Turns out, harder than it may have looked. Even so, farm-team JD clones of a certain era have their charm and this has charm aplenty (if not much else). "Antler Tracks 1" was the first collection of the group's early 80s vinyl, released as a CD by Antler Records in 1987. 

Siglo XX - Antler Tracks 1

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Artificial Memory Trace / MSBR - Split




I could have sworn that I posted this about ten years ago. Apparently not. I'm sure, I'll get the hang of this remembering shit soon. Insert festive pantomime chorus "oh no you won't!". Erm, where was I? Oh yeah, I really should have posted this sooner and daily from then on. I can't think of a better contrast of styles on a split release. Slavek Kwi gives some typically wonderful slow motion ambient metal junk with a real feeling from SleepResearch_Facility's Nostromo ... empty spaces / potential threat / metal straining to contain the outside (but obviously no barking dogs and trumpet or Test Dept. drumming ... oh, fuck it, why do I bother?). If you're familiar with it you will hear what I mean. If you disagree, I won't be offended because I've already forgotten what I've said. The second track is the wonderful Koji Tano. Oh already there are you ... well ain't you clever?

A genuinely great CDr released on MSBR Records in 2001 in an edition of 100.

oh, yes i will

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Asmus Tietchens / Arcane Device - DBL _ FDBK




Cavernous is the best single word.

CD released on Stille Andacht in 1993.

DBL_FDBK

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Various - The Throne Of Drones




You know, I really should have been quicker off the mark by just going with the Asphodel connection. I have so many of the label releases that I was buying a long time ago: Invisibl Skratch Piklz; The X-Ecutioners; Rob Swift; Mix Master Mike ... they were also releasing Otomo Yoshihide, Cristian Marclay, KK Null, Daniel Menche, Zbigniew Karkowski, Zeitkratzer and whatever lies behind the letter z.

Admittedly, I am thinking out loud but that's because I hadn't connected things up before. My relationship with the label was initially with the turntablist releases. I've spent a lot of time with the Drones compilations and the thread throughout the Asphodel catologue is something so obvious it's like finding something brand new ... but it was hidden in plain sight. Within the context of the label's aesthetic, these compilations make so much more sense to me.

So ... erm, yeah. It's a CD. It's not MP3.

The Throne Of Drones

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Asmus Tietchens / Arcane Device - Speiseleitung




You can be forgiven for judging this book by it's cover and thinking that this is some neo-hippy trance nonsense. That's graphic design produced by mid-90s software packages for you. Luckily, this is Asmus Tietchens and David Lee Myers creating some seriously psychotic hypnosis.

CD released on Raum 312 in 1996.

Speiseleitung

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Various - Swarm Of Drones




This is in a similar vein to the previous compilation. So, the likes of Maryanne Amacher, Robert Fripp, Robert Rich, Steve Roach, K.K. Null & James Plotkin, Lull, Vidna Obmana and more ...

A double CD released on Asphodel / Sombient in 1995.

Swarm

Drones

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Asmus Tietchens / David Lee Myers - Flussdichte




On. A. Different. Planet. Full. Stop.

CD released on Disco Bruit in 2001.

Flussdichte

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Various - A Storm Of Drones (The Sombient Trilogy)




Lots and lots of warped ambient, drone and concrète noise ... something for all the family.

A triple CD released on Asphodel / Sombient in 1995. Not MP3.

Storm

Of

Drones

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Das Synthetische Mischgewebe - The Escape Of The Electrified Dermatologist ...





"The full title of this double-CD album of collaborations is: "The escape of the electrified dermatologist epitomises his dissent with the compromising juxtaposition of the smell and the sound of a pair of wings injured in subdued romance". It contains tracks recorded with ERG, Jörg Thomasius, Artificial Memory Trace, The Oval Language and Thomas Beck. Loud and quiet, occasionally full blast and more frequently sneaking little sounds, no less intense and all alternating in a few seconds - discontinuity may likely be the trademark of DSM's sound world. Things are kept together, coherency is established by all what is absent, form vanishes before it can be grasped."

I can't improve on that description. However, a long time ago, there was a collaborative work between Jörg Thomasius and DSM that was due to be released on Johnny Blue. It even managed to be reviewed on Vital Weekly. For whatever reason, it never appeared as a extant release but thankfully, that material is here.

Double CD released on Monochrome Vision in 2006.

Compromising Juxtaposition

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Various - Frequency Of Decomposition Vol. 1




In my house, compilations like this are filed under "The Dog's Bollocks".

A CD that came with a Japanese fanzine/magazine on Yoshida Yasutoshi's Xerxes in 2009.

Decomposition

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Various - Directions 2




Nurse With Wound, Colin Potter, Jörg Thomasius, Gen Ken Montgomery, Arcane Device, David Prescott, Muslimgauze, Conrad Schnitzler and more ...

C80 released on Direction Musicin 1989. There was a Directions 1 but I don't have that ...

Directions 2

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Hesskhé Yadalanah - Antidisestablishmentarianism




So discogs has this tape with a tracklist and times associated with them. A load of old cock or a deliberate diversion? Who cares.

Anyway, the person that send me the previous rip also sent this. At virtually the same time another great person sent this and a near complete collection of the compilation tracks. I'm going to track down the missing ones and post what we have ... unless someone has all of them already?

Anyway again ... I went in and tried to split the tape. There are no multiple tracks, "just" two half hour sides. The first side is a rumour being told to you by a friend who heard a rumour that there was this place where really bad things happened ... the second side is the unsuspecting clean-up in preperation for the next rumour ... maybe.

C62 released on Tragic Figures in 1990.

disestablished

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va - A Selection of Drones Past, Singles 1993-2000

 

Double disc compilation of tracks from Drone Records, a German label that exclusively produced 7" singles of (mostly) dark ambient/ritual/industrial noise. Music by Maeror Tri, Aube, Reynols, Vir, Tarkatak, Droneament, Toy Bizarre, Francisco Lopez, Yen Pox, Feinen Trinkers Bei Pinkels Daheim, Osso Exotico and more. 

va - A Selection of Drones Past, Singles 1993-2000

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Hesskhe Yadalanah - Melleril de Nembutal




This is Miguel Santos who ran the Johnny Blue label. When I posted the other three releases I said I didn't have this tape. At the time that was true but then a lovely person stepped out of the shadows and gave us this. Apparently, there are multiple tracks but when I went in to split the sides there are no obvious transitions and it really does work perfectly as two single tracks. So, here it is. And what a majestic piece of nice this is ... Schimpfluch Hjuler playing Ivor Cutler's harmoniun descending into dank drone purgatory before you get Sten Hanson's crock and roll band. Sometimes, it pretends to be relatively "normal" which is really weird but that's just a set-up so you don't expect your reality melons to take another twist. Genuinely, this is the best thing that I have heard this year.

C46 released on Johnny Blue in 1992.

Nembutal

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Coa - Sea Urchin Character




Coa are two former members of LSD March. I posted some a while ago but this has been on my wantlist for a long time. It was worth waiting for. It's a gorgeous mix of psychedelic hardcore and cathedral post-rock.

CD released on Zasshoku in 2002. It's not MP3.

Sea Urchin Character

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Yoshino Daisaku - Yoshino Daisaku No Shounen Jidai




Just in case there were any doubts, this is the Daisaku of Daisuck & Prostitute. Originally, this was a self-released LP from 1973 and is vanishingly rare. Luckily, it was reissued and that would have been great enough ... but then they added another ten bonus tracks.

CD released on Super Fuji Discs in 2012. Not MP3.

吉野大作の少年時代

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Telepherique & Alienlovers in Amagasaki - Globalisierung

 

Split & collaboration by Telepherique and Thirdorgan alter ego Alienlovers in Amagasaki.

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Various - Hare, Hunter, Field




This is (apparently) the fourth and final label release ... a crying shame when you consider the people that were drawn to contribute. This includes Das Synthetische Mischgewebe, The Grief, Hélène Sage, a great track from (the Manc Hero Vini Reilly™ aka) Durutti Column that has his delicate guitar over a bed of System 7 style hippypsychetrance (it's much better than I've made it sound btw), Jon Rose, Asmus Tietchens, Architects Office and more and more. The final track is a 14 minute collaboration between Muslimgauze & Hesskhe Yadalanah. It's very good. Has a similar vibe to Material's "Seven Souls" but then degrades into electronic decay which is welcome in my house pretty much every day of the week. The missing release is a tape by Hesskhe Yadalanah who is also Miguel Santos who ran the label. I've never heard his work outside of the occasional track on a compilation ... if anyone could share those, that would be feckin' marvellous!

CD courtesy of Johnny Blue in 1992. It's flac.

everybody hurts ... so what?

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Das Konzentrat - Selbstritik

 

Third self-released cassette by Das Konzentrat. 

Das Konzentrat - Selbstritik

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Arcane Device - Feedback Music II




Arcane Device is the work of David Lee Myers. The title of this tape may mislead the literally minded. He uses processed feedback of course but rather than use it to raze things to the ground, he stretches it out and sculpts.

C56 released on Generations Unlimited in 1988.

Feedback Music II

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Various - The Eye Decay Theory Or When The Garden Becomes A Time Lapse (A Compilation Of Spontaneous Combustion Witnesses)




A compilation packed full of shifting definitions courtesy of the likes of PGR, S. Core, Bourbonese Qualk and Peter Vogel. Full immersion recommended.

LP released on Johnny Blue in 1991.

Eye Decay Theory

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va - Compositions In D Minor

 

One-sided compilation LP "anti-tribute" (?) to folk singer Diane Minor, because... I have no idea. Tracks by Crawl Unit, Illusion of Safety, Persona Non Grata, Trance and J. Allen Williams. Released by Gender-Less Kibbutz in 1994. 

va - Compositions In D Minor

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Das Konzentrat - Personenschleuder

 

First cassette by Das Konzentrat (aka Telepherique & Technostria) from 1989, released on their Drahtfunk label. 

Das Konzentrat - Personenschleuder

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va - Complication Compilation

 

This is the 2012 CD reissue of a double-cassette compilation originally released by Suitcase Records in 1990. The original version was two hours long, so the CD leaves some tracks off, but it's still fantastic. Like many Suitcase releases, the package is an insane presentation with Abo/Yeast Culture's intense silk-screen work and printed inserts by the artists. The reissue came in a 12" sleeve with the disc stuck in the center. Music by All Fours, Kapotte Muziek, tac, Runzelstirn & Gurgelstock, Illusion of Safety, This Very Moment, Minoy, Big City Orchestra, David Prescott, John Wiggins, Triptic of a Pastel Fern and Euthanasia

va - Complication Compilation

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va - Cold Fire

 

Very good four-way split LP shared by Astro, Pulse Emitter, Acre and Monsturo. Released on wax by Anarchymoon in an edition of 200 copies. 

va - Cold Fire

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Various - A Gnomean Haigonaimean (A Compilation Of Fantasies Intoxication Concepts)




Cranioclast, Brume, Etant Donnés, P16.D4, Arcane Dive and lots more old school goodness ...

LP released on Johnny Blue in 1991.

Gnomean Haigonaimean

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va - TRAX 0983 Anthems 2

 

Cassette supplement to the "Anthems" LP with additional anthems by Laibach, Bene Gesserit, Culturcide, Monty Cantsin and others. 

va - TRAX 0983 Anthems 2

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va - TRAX 0983 Anthems

 


Classic LP of new national anthems compiled by media artist and music critic Vittore Baroni in 1983. Features patriotic songs by bands from around the world (but mostly Italy): Naif Orchestra, Merzbow, Van Kaye & Ignit, 001... Cancer, P16.D4, No Night Sweats, Renaldo & the Loaf, DDAA, Olho Seco, Prhemm and Spirocheta Pergoli. It's a fun record in its own right, but it's also one of those perfect snapshots of the intersections between Utopian mail art, post-punk and underground noise that flourished in the early 1980's.  
 

va - TRAX 0983 Anthems

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I can't wait for him to be hanging out with all the boys!





Make YMCA great again!

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Various - As Yet Untitled




Quality compilation featuring Randy Greif, Static Effect, The Haters, AMK, Architect's Office, PBK, Illusion Of Safety, Arcane Device, Hands To and more.

CD released on Realization Recordings in 1991.

Untitled

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Philly's got soul ...




It was Americans who popularised the fake science behind the concept of eugenics that underpinned the Nazi's programme of racial hygiene. That didn't work out too well. Of course, there is still a massive contingency of proto-fascists over there polluting the discourse. After all Marjorie Taylor Greene was elected to the House and she has a proven (recorded) history of promoting racism and truly fucked up conspiracy theories. However, there are more that oppose populist fakery ... and in a land where Sarah McBride can be elected to the Senate, there is still hope that this has all been a temporary but extreme aberration.

Now let's cheer the idiot bastard son and his mobster friends and family all of the way to jail!



Amen brother!

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va - Alamagator Compilation

 

Weird old cheap-looking CDR comp with noise and/or rock by Friends Forever, Burning Star Core, Life Partners, Golden Serenades, Panicsville, No Doctors, Tan As Fuck, Anla Courtis, Lasse Marhaug, Knifestorm, Nautical Almanac, Beesty, Owlconer, Flying Luttenbachers. 

va - Alamagator Compilation

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va - 1 × 𝒇cycle/s = 𝒇Hz

 

Sketchy all-over-the-place industrial/kitchen-sink bootleg LP from sketchy bootleg label Light Sounds Dark, with music by Ilhan Mimaroglu, Robert Lawrence, Tasaday, The Horse He's Sick, NKVD, Eric Lunde, Autentisk Film, ORA, Javier Hernando of Xeerox, more. 

va - 1 × 𝒇cycle/s = 𝒇Hz

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Various - The Magnetic Spine Review / The Wireless Spine Review




This is a collaborative work between Randy Greif and just about every important person within his orbit at the time ... too many to mention but the idea is:

"THE MAGNETIC SPINE REVIEW is a composite of raw, or unfinished material that was sent to me in 1984 by the people and groups that were distributed on the Swinging Axe Productions label. I mixed this material together with some of my own, usually overlapping at least two different submissions by different groups. From its inception, this was considered a collaborative work."

"THE WIRELESS SPINE REVIEW, likewise, is a collaborative effort, bur, rather than mail, uses the telephone as the means to collaboration. One hundred invitations were sent out to people involved in the arts underground, both nationally and internationally. Most of these people are involved with music, however the participants included a variety of artistic disciplines. During the 24 hour period between midnight of May 31 and midnight of June 1, participants phoned in their contributions which were taped directly onto my answering machine and were limited to 30 seconds. The calls were amplified and monitored by an audience in Los Angeles. This tape represents an international collaboration, an "instant" document, and a live performance (or performances) attended by an audience thousands of miles away."

C62 released on Swinging Axe Productions in 1985.

Magnetic Wireless

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I Saw It All Happen From Beginning to End and I Still Can't Believe What I Saw - Life Everlasting, Amen

 

It's the sound of a life support machine for an hour. Hey, we've all had days like that. 

Amen

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Screaming Dukduks - Fuck The Dog (Horny Sorrow)




What could be a better counterpoint to the inevitable foreclosure of years of financial and moral bankruptcy than this highpoint of Western civilisation?

C60 on Swinging Axe Productions from 1984.

Fuck The Dog (Horny Sorrow)

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va - Dub Chill Out / Blood & Fire Allstars - The Dub Vault

 

America votes today and the world holds its breath. Will the Yanks decide that becoming a fascist banana republic is okay? or will they choose the dependable Company Man who isn't terribly inspiring but more importantly is not a sociopath? Until we know the outcome for sure, here's a soundtrack to make everybody's day a little easier. Actually, TWO soundtracks. Maybe our American friends need something extra. First is a one-hour DJ mix of deep-innerspace dub from the awe-inspiring Blood & Fire label: 

 The Dub Vault

If that doesn't take the edge off, this surely will. It's sort of a "dub's greatest hits" with tunes by Lee "Scratch" Perry, King Tubby, Scientist, Sly and Robbie, Augustus Pablo, King Jammy... you get the idea. Dub chill out, everyone. And to our friends in the USA: go vote that corrupt dummy out. The other guy is fine. 

va - Dub Chill Out 

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The Screaming Dukduks - The Screaming Dukduks




The death throes of the orchestra of idiots.

C60 released on Swinging Axe Productions in 1983.

The Screaming Dukduks

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va - Broken Brain

Incredible compilation CDR on the dependably brain-breaking Chocolate Monk label. Check out this heavy line-up: Nicole Chambers, Hockeyfrilla, Sharkiface, Sharon Gal, Goils Goils and Fripped (aka Angela Sawyer), Noveller, Polly Shang Kuan Band, Smack Music 7, Replicock (members of Smegma), Kim Gordon (member of Free Kitten), Helix, Bridget Hayden, Unicorn Hard-On, Tovah Olson, Leslie Keffer... what do these artists have in common? I'm not sure. I think it's that they're all amazing.  

va - Broken Brain

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His Masters Voice - Singing The Boundaries




Randy Greif, Jeph Jerman, Randy Greif and Rick Tamura contemplating the size of shark you would need to prevent democracy escaping us forever.

A glorious CD released on Manifold Records in 1997.

build the boundaries

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Randy Greif / Dan Burke - Fragment 56




Whilst the previous post was a split release, this is a collaboration between the same people.

A poignant addition to the latest "informative debate" is provided in the liner notes by Heraclitus: "People are deceived in the recognition of things that are obvious. In much the same way Homer, who was wiser than all the Greeks, was deceived. For he was deceived by the words spoken to him by some boys killing lice: ‘What we saw and caught we leave behind, while what we did not see or catch we take away'."

A CD jointly released on their own Complacency and Swinging Axe Productions labels in 1994.

deny alternative facts

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Sissy Spacek - va! Sissy Space Camp

 

One-sided single by Sissy Spacek with Joe Grillo and Laura Grant, visual artists who were affiliated with the Paper Rad group from Providence, Rhode Island. Released by Helicopter in 2002 in an edition of 100 copies. 

Sissy Spacek - va! Sissy Space Camp

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Randy Greif & Illusion Of Safety - In Our Little Bodies




The perfect accompaniment to the wait for the nuclear spring ...

CD released on Old Europa Cafe in 1994.

Little Bodies

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Taint - Misogynist Lust




... and on a serious note ... let's face it, once Il Douce Bag has a lot more time on his hands, things are gonna get pretty messy back at home once he can start "practising his family values" again. He's gonna waste no time at all launching his LOGIC missile straight into the familial FACT hole. Just about as scary as Halloween gets!

This is the different CD version released on Freak Animal Records in 2004.

i want to get away from the pain that you drive into the arse of me

Oh, c'mon ... it's not like he doesn't have a history of violating cherished women!

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Taint - Misogynist Lust




On a more serious note, we lost Keith Brewer late last year. I didn't want to mark it at the time but maybe he'd think that it's an appropriate time to raise a beer!

A C48 courtesy of Taint Entertainment that came in an edition of twenty eight in one nine nine eight.

fuck cancer

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Static Effect - Axis Of Rotation




Y'know, I really wanted to distract from the palpable mental breakdown of our resident straightjacket escapee. And at the last minute, I realised that the title includes the word "Axis" ... so the extraneous noise will be him whipping his egg whites into a soft peak.

C60 released on Swinging Axe Productions in 1990.

showin' how funky and strong is your fight

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OFF! - Learn To Obey




This is a very enjoyable outfit headed up by the former Black Flag / Circle Jerks front man. It's good to remember that the fire doesn't need to die out.

A 7" courtesy of Vice Records for Record Stores Day in 2014.

first they came for the socialists ... and Nexist did not speak out ... he just waited his turn like a good boy

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OVMN - The Hateful Bloated Lies Of Donald Trump




There's not long left ...

Little did Joseph Roemer know when he started this Macronympha offshoot that Optimum Volume Maximum Noise would become a tactic that would steal democracy. Certainly not what he had in mind. Anyway, redemption is at hand, the taxman cometh and reality will bite down hard.

The first side is Joe on his own and the other is Joe alongside Leo Sabatto of Armenia and Bizarre Audio Arts fame.

C64 released on Mother Savage Noise Productions in 2019.

Old pirates, yes, they rob I

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Static Effect - Siamese Twin Reflex




Ethnographic excerpts contorted into a melange of vaguely hallucinogenic memories.

A C90 courtesy of Swinging Axe Productions in 1990.

the reflex is a lonely child

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