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The Mothmen
On-U Sound
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June 1, 2015

A missing part of the early On-U Sound Records story restored to life and a great example of early-80s UK DIY post-punk music. At times exhibiting psych-tinged tunefulness on tracks such as “Not Moving” and “Change Direction” (or their unreleased cover of Syd Barrett’s “Vegetable Man”). Other tracks are heavier, such as the trance-inducing repetitive rhythms of “Mothman” which recalls 70s German groups such as Can or Amon Düül II. Although one of the few On-U Sound releases not to be produced by Adrian Sherwood, the angular pop melodies and noisy riffs are still filtered through a dubwise production aesthetic.

The Mothmen comprised of former members of original Factory Records band The Durutti Column, and the band’s Chris Joyce and Tony Bowers improbably went onto play in Simply Red (during their 80s chart-dominating pomp). This reissue is remastered from the original tapes and physical formats are fully annotated with sleevenotes by the band, plus photos and memorabilia. All formats include 6 bonus tracks, 3 of which are previously unheard.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Afghan Farmer Driving Cattle 3:41 Buy

    Afghan Farmer Driving Cattle

  2. 2 Animal Animaux 2:36 Buy

    Animal Animaux

  3. 3 Not Moving 1:30 Buy

    Not Moving

  4. 4 Factory / Teapoint / Factory 3:30 Buy

    Factory / Teapoint / Factory

  5. 5 Please Let Go 4:48 Buy

    Please Let Go

  6. 6 Tardis (Sweep Is Dead, Long Live Sweep) 3:05 Buy

    Tardis (Sweep Is Dead, Long Live Sweep)

  7. 7 Mothman 20:08 Buy


  8. 8 Change Direction 2:10 Buy

    Change Direction

  9. 9 Vegetable Man 2:25 Buy

    Vegetable Man

  10. 10 Does It Matter Irene? (radio session version) 4:08 Buy

    Does It Matter Irene? (radio session version)

  11. 11 Return Of The Mozabites 3:34 Buy

    Return Of The Mozabites

  12. 12 Paintings Of A Cave 1:20 Buy

    Paintings Of A Cave

  13. 13 Afghani Dub 2:26 Buy

    Afghani Dub

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