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to say bitch magnet are one of the most influential american guitar bands of the last 30 years is an understatement, even if you have never heard them you've listened to countless bands that have ripped them off this exhaustive compilation is remastered with over 50 rare photos, flyers and posters and including rare and previously unreleased tracks. 'probably more than any other band, bitch magnet sent me in the direction i took with the music i have tried to make.' - ian williams (battles, don caballero) bitch magnet was formed at oberlin college in 1986. immediately following the release of its debut star booty in 1988, the band garnered rapturous reviews and established itself among the top-tier of america's independent music underground. the band's reputation continued to grow with tours of the us and europe, and the subsequent releases of umber (prominently included on mojo's list of 'lost albums you must own') in 1989 and ben hur in 1990. the latter two have been frequently cited as a key inspiration for what would become known as 'post-rock.' you need this record in your life.
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