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Any fans? Great lyrics, not too sure about the music.
although I kind of go the other way - lyrics hmmm, whatever, but musically fucking great.
They blew my mind in the 80s, one of those bands that totally rearrange your ideas about what's possible in music, plus of course they were big & bad & dark & obnoxious.
Then I sort of hated them for a while, thought they were just re-hashing the same thing over & over, with the law of diminishing returns kicking in, while Bennett & Sotos were turning into dickhead rock stars.
But a few years ago I went back to them and found that while the noise & anti-everythingery were still there in spades, they'd introduced a deeper element of psychological unease that made me realise they're not just trundling out the same old cabbage.
Those audio-verite cutups of theirs (Private, Public etc) are just so intense. Lots of bands trade on their scariness & antisociality, but Whitehouse are the only one that I honestly find difficult to listen to unless I'm feeling emotionally robust.
the sense of loving the music/audio but finding the lyrics/samples/cutups difficult to take at times.
Has anyone heard CUT HANDS record yet? I was thinking of starting a thread for it, but this seems like a pretty good place.
Sounds really good. Also seeing him at the Blackest Ever Black night next month. That night will be AWESOME.
Need to gets me some tickets for that, it sounds like some serious shit
have listened to bits and pieces but would appreciate some recommendations!
Great White Death
Never Forget Death
Mummy and Daddy
....there are also a few compilations, of which I'd recommend Cream of the Second Coming as a good starting point.
Really funny/creepy live. The Crowd Pleaser EP is pretty amazing. There's a great moment where all the noise stops and it's just shouting with all the pauses between words cut out, really intense!
and then read chin-strokers on the Sue Lawley forum whining about it afterwards haha