romeo void - it's a condition

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Wounded Bird Records has reissued / remastered both Benefactor and Instincts. Maybe they'll do the same for It's a Condition, though I don't see any mention of it on their website. Definitely worth the reissue treatment, to get the five tracks that weren't put on the Warm In Your Coat compilation.

scampering alpaca, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 03:59 (fifteen years ago) link

I remember skimming through the Romeo Void entry in an early edition of the "Trouser Press Record Guide" in which the reviewer claimed that they were very similar to Mission Of Burma, no lie! WTF?

Myonga Vön Bontee, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 09:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Just know "Never Say Never", which I adore - I sort've figured they were a US equiv. of the Au Pairs

etc, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:42 (fifteen years ago) link

i love romeo void and have a few of their records but not this one.

get bent, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:00 (fifteen years ago) link

five years pass...

totally in the vein of unknown pleasures (esp. "i mean it" and the peter hooky bass lines) or seventeen seconds-era cure.

Yes, it is, isn't it?

A wonderful album that would be a lot more beloved had it been recorded by anyone except Americans.

I've championed this album and Wire Train's 'in a chamber' as American new wave monuments for quite some time now.

Long overdue a revival. I thought for sure that RV's "Bands Reunited" episode would spur something, but alas, not really.

Although It's a Condition did receive it's CD debut from the underrated Wounded Bird label: http://www.woundedbird.com/romeo/415.htm

Austin, Thursday, 28 February 2013 05:55 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

So this band is pretty good, huh? I can't believe I waiting this long to dive in, given how awesome "Never Say Never" is. I should have just assumed there was more stuff in there worth my time.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 2 October 2015 17:51 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

holy shit how did i go so long without hearing Never Say Never? i guess i have that recent Pitchfork list of 80s tunes to thank for the heads up. can't believe it wasn't a much much bigger record.

piscesx, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:11 (six years ago) link

It was a pretty big record, which is to say not a big hit (there was a lot of downright mistrust of anything "new wave" back then) . . . but a tune which existed on the lower margins of commercial success for a very very long time.

crustaceanrebelisback, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:24 (six years ago) link

yeah it was very present in the early 80's, I distinctly remember seeing the band do it live on TV

sleeve, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:33 (six years ago) link

xp ah i mean UK wise. didn't chart at all not even in the Top 75. actually according to Wiki and Discogs maybe it was never even released here. but i mean.. fuck.. a great tune.

piscesx, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:34 (six years ago) link

I'm just here to say I love when a Romeo Void topic gets revived.

Austin, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 16:46 (six years ago) link

Ditto on the revival thrill. "Your Life is a Lie" is one of my favorite '80s songs.

This site is defunct, but the four tracks it lists from the 1993 reunion have me curious. I also hoped the "Bands Reunited" would spur more music, but respect them for not moving on without the integral sax player's sound. Boo, tinnitus.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Tuesday, 17 November 2015 21:37 (six years ago) link

Hmmm, that '93 stuff has the potential to be really good. . . or really bad.

Did some YouTubeing to look for it, but came up with this guy instead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2ztGJ8MUfk

Austin, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 01:41 (six years ago) link

Really into this live set. Vocals a bit too loud, but they're pretty ace and play most of It's a Condition.

Austin, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 03:08 (six years ago) link

NEVER. SAY NEVER.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 03:10 (six years ago) link

that is an incredible show, wow. sync's a little off maybe?? but what a band.

tremendous crime wave and killing wave (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 18:55 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

I'm ashamed of myself for not always all the time remembering how great this band is, especially It's A Condition and Benefactor.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 29 December 2016 01:15 (five years ago) link

Okay, go ahead and include Instincts as well. More streamlined, but fantastic all the same.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 29 December 2016 01:40 (five years ago) link

I love it when this thread gets revived.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxcByNwQW70

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 29 December 2016 11:00 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

_Instincts_ and now listening to _Benefactor_, remembering how much I love this band. Missed out on Debora Iyall releasing _Stay Strong_ and a later EP in 2010, but CD Baby has copies that I'm ordering today.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 18 June 2018 15:10 (four years ago) link

I'm just here to say I love when a Romeo Void topic gets revived.

― Austin, Tuesday, November 17, 2015 8:46 AM (two years ago)

(V) (°,,,,°) (V) (Austin), Monday, 18 June 2018 15:15 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

https://www.popmatters.com/romeo-void-san-francisco-punk - nice summary of the band's history and output. One of those bands that changed my teenage view of what a band could look and sound like. Would be great if a cure for tinnitus was found for Benjamin Bossi, to stoke the slight chance of further music.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 20 June 2022 18:30 (one month ago) link

oh hell yes.

thank you for posting. terrific piece.

I'm ANTIFA and I vote. (Austin), Monday, 20 June 2022 20:44 (one month ago) link


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