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Crime & The City Solution


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(1977 – 1991, 2011 – present)

Crime & the City Solution is a rock group headed by Australian singer/songwriter Simon Bonney and first active between the years of 1977-1991, and then again from 2011. Despite roots dating back as far as 1978, Crime & the City Solution did not truly emerge until 1984, coming to life in the wake of the dissolution of the seminal Birthday Party. Crime & the City Solution had many members over the years, which can be divided into four distinct line-ups: Sydney in 1977-78, Melbourne in 1979, and two groupings in Berlin. The only common member in all four line-ups was Bonney. For a complete list of the different line-ups see below.

In 1985, the quartet debuted on record for the first time with The Dangling Man E.P., a self-produced EP quickly establishing the band’s moody, atmospheric blues-based aesthetic. Former Swell Maps drummer Epic Soundtracks joined Crime after the EP’s release, freeing Harvey to alternate among a variety of instruments for the haunting follow-up, Just South of Heaven. Their full-length bow Room of Lights appeared in 1986 and featured the remarkable “Six Bells Chime”, which so impressed acclaimed filmmaker Wim Wenders that he invited the band to perform the song live in his 1988 masterpiece Wings of Desire.

By the time the film appeared, however, the incarnation of Crime & the City Solution presented onscreen was no more; after Room of Lights, the Howard brothers and Soundtracks exited to form These Immortal Souls, leaving Bonney, Harvey and violinist Bronwyn Adams (also Bonney’s wife and songwriting partner) to relocate to Berlin, where they recruited a number of local musicians, including Einstürzende Neubauten guitarist Alexander Hacke, to cut 1988’s ornate, intoxicating Shine.


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  • Synthetic

    I'm 50/50 on American Twilight.. really can't warm to the title track. The Colonel is definitely the stand out for me.

    28 Feb 9:31pm Reply
  • pmrpr

    Amazing comeback. "Goddess" -- a nod to the Stones?

    17 Jan 1:10pm Reply
  • Miss_Burstner

    American twilight is the best post - punk album I've heard in a last few years, wonderful! <3

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • owlies

    probably the best band name in the history of music

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • slowpulse-girl

    love the new album ! 'The Colonel' is reminiscent of early Crime

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • cabfedhig

    american twilight!

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MelancholicHead

    I love the beauty of this tragic music. That's fantastic.

    5 Jun 2013 Reply

    ♥ ))

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • gojirataskforce

    I have 6 copies of Paradise Discotheque still sealed in the original cardboard longboxes if anyone is interested. Just message me.

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • andi_freeborn

    what a comeback! have listened to the new album all day. instant love, but it still growing.

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • EndsWithTheSea

    probably the best album I've ever heard by the band or by any band in these recent times

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Callergrim

    Great come back indeed, love it that David Eugene Edwards is part of the band now. If you get the chance to see them, do it!

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Logani

    Somebody edit this page from 1977-1991 to 1977-now. And what a return this is! Monumental.

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • moonnomoon

    great new album

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • locksheath

    Post man has delivered the new album and it's playing now!

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ShadowolfIncubi

    Boy, what a showwww that was!! <3

    27 Oct 2012 Reply

    Track from the new album 'American Twilight' available

    23 Oct 2012 Reply
  • NodmiTheSellout I think this is from the new album. No vocals. Sounds great, though. Not sure how "Crime"y it sounds, but it sounds great.

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • NodmiTheSellout

    So the way the pledge thing is going is kind of disheartening. Maybe I'm expecting too much or something. But for the way it's stagnated, I'm getting a vision of the goal not being reached. . .what happens then? Blah. I just need to express this displeasure somewhere and "on the Facebook comments about pledging" does not seem a very morale-boosting place to do it, haha. I guess I'm comparing it to when Michael Gira was trying to raise money for Swans stuff and it's like he couldn't take their money fast enough--but they'd gained a lot of popularity with certain groups of people, and Crime hasn't. Maybe they have to find more low-cost items to sell? Like, the equivalent of $5-$15.

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • xaristotlex

    Just in case any of you haven't seen this yet:

    14 May 2012 Reply
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