The Dead C. are kinda great after all

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Been listening to this Vain, Erudite and Stupid comp. for a week now. Fucking amazing. Coolest and most beautiful music I've heard in ages.

This is a serving of crow, 'cuz I've said some very, VERY harsh things about The Dead C. in the past, based mostly on buying Trapdoor Fucking Exit and the Hell is Now Love single back in the early 90s and absolutely hating them. I saw their music as pointless, arrogant junkie art-garbage of the worst kind. Pissed me off to no end, especially since people I respected talked 'em up like they were made out of magic golden sex beans or something.

But time heals, and I'd heard a few tracks over the last couple years that sounded pretty damn A-OK, and all those respectable types keep on dropping the name, of course (darn them). So, I finally poinied up and bought the Dead C. for beginners comp. Can't stop listening to it. Funny thing is that it all sounds pretty much EXACTLY as I remember, but my ears have adjusted to the damage, and it now slides smoothly down the canal. Absolutely perfect fucking sounds.

Any other recommendations? Stuff in print? Tips on Gate, Expressway, Corpvs Hermeticvm, etc.? I need to know.

Adam Beales (Pye Poudre), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 22:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Harsh 70's Reality is the masterpiece, but everything is good up to Repent, with various spots of brilliance after that.

That comp is really great - I'm a superfan, own everything they've done, but I bought that CD on tour because the price was right and there were a few things I hadn't heard in years. Forgive the hyperbole, but definitely one of the greatest rock bands ever. Welcome to the club, Adam!

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 22:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I think if you just get into listening actively - what are russell and morley doing on the guitars at any given moment, etc. - there's a lot to like about them.

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 22:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

Been ramdomly playing tracks for much of the day - just love this, spine chilling toward the end.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 17:27 (five years ago) Permalink

hell is now love

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:15 (five years ago) Permalink

this is always going to be my favorite i think

THAT IS ONE BIG PIZZA (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:18 (five years ago) Permalink

one of my all time favorite bands.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Possibly the last time I'll have a 'my favourite' feeling about any band.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 00:02 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Hello. I just received this note in the mail:

I wanted to get in touch about the new Dead C / Rangda split we're putting out on March 5. The full length features new material from Rangda and newly discovered tracks from Dead C's EUSA Kills sessions!

One track up on SoundCloud

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:48 (five years ago) Permalink


i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Wednesday, 20 February 2013 18:09 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah I preordered that mofo as soon as I heard about it, I am excited - even more so now! I like Eusa Kills almost as much as Trapdoor or Harsh 70's.

sleeve, Wednesday, 20 February 2013 18:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Tip: that track sounds great w/your morning cornflakes!

Bet they have a box set's worth of this stuff stashed away somewhere...

xyzzzz__, Friday, 22 February 2013 10:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Can you loop tracks on soundcloud btw?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 22 February 2013 10:38 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Cool! Will definitely be buying that.

grandavis, Thursday, 6 June 2013 14:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Volcanic Tongue have just had a batch in of the two Dead C albs on Language Recordings, at mildly eye-watering prices:

Must admit I stumped up for them, they've always been difficult to source legit in the UK. They have a mixed reputation - ie they can't match the Siltbreeze albs - but New Electric Music in partic hit the spot w/ me

Think the Wire feature is by Keennan

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I think I like Keenan best when he does long-form band profiles, but I would buy that issue regardless of who wrote it. Seems like a great time to check in with such a long-standing, interesting band.

grandavis, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:15 (five years ago) Permalink

They only really clicked for me this year, as well.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:16 (five years ago) Permalink

^ Forced Exposure 7" version of Power, this thing SLAYS

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:24 (five years ago) Permalink

one of the best bands of all time.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Thursday, 6 June 2013 17:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Coincidentally, and all y'all probably know about this already of course but these fellows all play on the excellent Peter Jefferies album The Last Great Challenge In A Dull World which just got reissued recently.

Thread here:
Peter Jefferies : Last Great Challenge In A Dull World

dschinghis kraan (NickB), Friday, 7 June 2013 10:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Saw this today and snapped it up! I hardly ever buy Wire these days but this was straight-up terrific, they were not kidding when they said "we are handing you this article on a plate", with at least a dozen terrific quotes reaching a hilarious high-point when Bruce talked about his year in London, describing Jesus and Mary Chain/The Fall gigs as terrible and all the C86 stuff as piss, and then hurrying back to NZ to "do something about it". And oh my he quite clearly did!

Rudolph Grey aside I expected a lot more talk re: no wave, cause I see Dead C as blues-via-no wave (and Pere Ubu which they do talk about)

It was also quite moving how they describe their early years at the end of the world, trying to draw their own map of rock music/punk/ and the struggle to reach out to others anywhere for records - its that whole business of trying to make your own community, and a culture, and to connect, and that's what you hold onto...

So so good, buy it TODAY at your nearest newsagent if you can!

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 9 June 2013 18:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Man, that sounds great. Last issue on newstands here (U.S.) was the Wolf Eyes issue, which I got not too long ago. Think it will still be a bit before I can get it.

grandavis, Monday, 10 June 2013 15:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 21:58 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

New Zealander Michael Morley (notably a member of The Dead C) is set to drop his latest work with his solo project Gate. Saturday Night Fever is a reinterpretation of the music from the movie of that name, expanding on the ideas about dance music that Morley established on Gate’s 2010 LP A Republic of Sadness. As fellow noise-guy-turned-dance-enthusiast Pete Swanson puts it: “The resulting album sounds like Morley's pulling out some heaping doses of the hermit boogie and Otago funk and stretching it into some sort of Basinskian disintegration loop gone Bernard Bonnier zonked mutant scene.” The opening track from Saturday Night Fever, a beast of a piece called “Asset,” starts out as a pseudo-disco track with sampled horns and turns into something more like what you’d expect from the hands behind the feedback-drenched and claustrophobic songs of The Dead C. Throw this onto your noise show after-party playlist because it’s the coolest disco is ever going to get.

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 19:27 (two years ago) Permalink

This thing is pretty great, though I like some tracks more than others. Just happy for any Dead C related music to keep coming forever.

grandavis, Wednesday, 3 February 2016 19:54 (two years ago) Permalink

hey that vimeo above is great! thanks for posting ward fowler

of the Gate releases, really like the one w/ the cut-up of the rolling stones' 'sway' on it, i think it's 'the monolake' on table of the elements

Chicamaw (Ward Fowler), Wednesday, 3 February 2016 20:47 (two years ago) Permalink

I have been loving this "Saturday Night Fever" album. I haven't been keeping up with what Michael Morley's been doing in a long time but I think this album is incredible. It's no disco album at all, but I see how the inspiration has incorporated itself. Long, throbbing, looping tracks that have been run through Morley's special brand of wood chipper.

Such great stuff. I'll need to check out that Republic of Sadness.

Non-Stop Erotic Calculus (bmus), Tuesday, 16 February 2016 22:10 (two years ago) Permalink

^need to get a hold of the new one.

for those interested: morley & yeats have been playing around town in a trio with shayne carter lately (they seem to have a thing for csn iconography!)

no lime tangier, Sunday, 21 February 2016 06:56 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Really wish I'd made it to the Wgtn Carter, Morley & Yeats show in Newtown, bleh. Been caning Saturday Night Fever.

Anyway - he's now done a Prince tribute! Shades of the Celebrate Psi Phenomenon's Shutupalreadydamn! ...

etc, Wednesday, 1 June 2016 22:41 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

How hard would it be to get Trouble onto the Billboard chart?

john. a resident of chicago., Friday, 12 August 2016 15:58 (two years ago) Permalink

ha, recorded at chick's hotel!

no lime tangier, Friday, 12 August 2016 23:40 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...


etc, Friday, 1 December 2017 06:14 (ten months ago) Permalink


albvivertine, Sunday, 3 December 2017 18:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

fyi the new Gate album Highway Ghosts is pretty damn killer. Side two is one of the heaviest things Michael has done. Superb.

— Alan Holt (@____ALAN) January 30, 2018

etc, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 02:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

this rules

budo jeru, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 04:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So I guess this is Morley (band name's The Righteous Yeah). NYP. I've only flicked through it but it sounded gorgeous.

albvivertine, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 22:29 (six months ago) Permalink

Yup, Morley again. Had a great year so far.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 March 2018 22:41 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

He's posting a lot of pay-what-you-want albums under the guise "The Righteous Yeah".

Also, the three Gate volumes of "A word to you who have great possessions" are really nice ambient stuff (although not pay-what-you-want).

Pataphysician, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 03:25 (five months ago) Permalink

Nice, just caught this and now have a good set of listening ahead of me.

grandavis, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 14:51 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

How I'm spending my Friday evening

The Harsh Tutelage of Michael McDonald (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 16 June 2018 00:52 (four months ago) Permalink


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The Harsh Tutelage of Michael McDonald (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 16 June 2018 00:53 (four months ago) Permalink

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