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MX-80 Sound

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Bloomington IN, United States

MX-80 Sound were a band originally from Bloomington, Indiana (involved in the same scene that spawned the Gizmos).

Their sound was centered around Bruce Anderson’s slashing, trebly guitar riffing and Rich Stim’s deadpan, often indecipherable, mumble. As a five-piece (with two drummers), they twice released a seven-song 7-inch EP (subtitled Hard Pop from the Hoosiers) on local labels, impressing Island Records enough to sign them. But the following album, Hard Attack, was never released in the United States and attracted little attention aside from some critical raves. A move to San Francisco (shedding one drummer in the process) brought them to the attention of that city’s Ralph Records, home of The Residents and other offbeat types.

Members of MX-80 also backed Stim’s singing wife, Angel Corpus Christi, on her releases, discs that meld Patti Smith-poesy with fringey . If ever a band realized the potential of pre-punk “underground” noise rock, MX-80 is it.

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