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Desire/No Tears Ep [Import]

TuxedomoonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cramboy
  • ASIN: B000006TPD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic of the early 80's sound (plus No Tears!) January 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I came upon a new compilation put out by Rhino, where "Incubus" was listed along with songs by bands like Ultravox and Magazine, it prompted me to pull out Desire. Recorded in England in 1981, it began a new cycle for Tuxedomoon, previously of the San Francisco punk/new wave/art music scene. Desire combines danceable, literate songs with atmospheric pieces; electronic keyboards, sax, strings, and "sounds" over drum machines and throbbing bass lines. This cd also contains the ep "No Tears," which was a punk/dance anthem from the late 70's. When I see that Depeche Mode (!) have a tribute album, I can only imagine the same for this disc: Stereolab doing "Jinx," Tortoise playing "East," Combustible Edison on "Holiday for Plywood" . . . the Offspring, of course, on "No Tears" . . .hey, Fatboy Slim doing "Desire" . . . whoa, stop me now. . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darker than you expect... August 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
You rather believe that you have heard music that can trap you in a dark room of mystery, until you listen Tuxedomoon's "Desire". It is no sign of prediction, or conformation in this album of Tuxedomoon. Melodies that capture the mind and the soul, poems rather than lyrics, unexpected music passages. Most people may characterise Tuxedomoon underground experimentalists but the characterisation that rather fits to them is essentialists. It is an utopia to combine electronic sounds and clarinet to built a track such as "East"; it is dangerous to play with the phonetics and sign "Jinx"; it is risky to compose music on the lyrics of the "Victims of the dance". Best tracks? Hard to say. I would suggest, "East" for the magic playing of Steve Brown, "Jinx" for the repeatable phonetics, "Incubus" for the mysterious description, "Nite and Day" for the excellent violin. If you search for music to stimulate your fantasy, this cd is the best that you can get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece January 7, 2002
By Gary
Format:Audio CD
Extraordinary electronic album that sounds like it's made by a bunch of morose Europeans who thought it might be a jolly wheeze to record in Berlin because Bowie did it. Surprise then, to learn that they in fact hail from the States (Frisco? I forget). The Tux never recorded an ordinary song. Kraftwerk influence here but playfully. Genius.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Guignol of San Francisco January 24, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This CD is a masterpiece of winding recesses and sighs. It is only for the intelligencia, dolts need not bother. In those days Winston Tong (the lead singer) would emerge from coffins to begin TuxedoMoon's superb live show. He would sing while performing a Kabuki puppet show with strange dolls in created at his flat on the Haight. The show would end with the band creating a spider web of string around their instruments and speakers while the synethsizers wailed atmospherics. They were Grand Guignol theater and this music reflects their aesthetic. It is a work of genius.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and low-key mood make me feel impressive August 14, 2001
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Oh ! Tuxedomoon ! They plays and perform very crazy and fantastic on this album. Overall, the mood is dark, low-key, raw, original. But the chemical reaction mixed by Steven Brown / Blaine Reininger / Wiston Tong / Peter Principle were impressed. If you don't like the style is dark, experimental and non- structure, don't taste this album. It is only for stylish people..........ha ha ha : )
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