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ESP Kinetic

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Neil Campbell’s (Vibracathedral Orchestra, Astral Social Club and the A Band) first full group. The core of the band was Campbell and Andrew Watson, with the multi-talented MS Turner giving them some extra musical and conceptual backbone for their final year or so. Other local freaks, transvestites and exhibitionists came and went, most notably the giant David Bowie impersonator Dougie Smyth.

Lasting between 1982 and 1986 there was very little material available from them until “fleck-NOR” a retrospective of their material released in 2008. The “Want some of this?” LP will be released on vinyl by Harbinger Sound later in 2009, comprising a side of early home recordings from 1982/83 and a side of more agitated live recordings from 1984/85.

Their influences included PiL, The Fall, Virgin Prunes, Throbbing Gristle and The Velvet Underground. For better or worse, this is the sound of growing up weird in a small town in the Midlands in Thatcherite Britain.

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