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Gyrate + [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

PylonAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 16, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Dfa Records
  • ASIN: B000VD4XZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In December of 1987, R.E.M. was chosen by Rolling Stone as "America's Best Rock And Roll Band." This title that was quickly dismissed by drummer Bill Berry. "We're not the best rock'n'roll band in America." Pylon, he declared, was much more deserving of the honor than his group. Yet, at the time, Pylon had been broken up for four years.

Such is the legacy of Pylon. Word of mouth and a relatively small but vital cache of music has kept the story of the fiercely independent and highly influential band alive for three decades.

DFA is proud (and quite lucky!) to be the ones to announce the release of Pylon's debut LP "Gyrate", originally unleashed in 1980 and appearing here for the first ever time on CD, beautifully remastered from the original reels. The CD release also includes the addition of their landmark debut 7" single "Cool" b/w "Dub" (1979) and the 10" EP "Pylon!!". The CD also includes one track from 1979, never before released, entitled "Functionality". 16 tracks total, with liner notes from Fred Schneider (B-52's), Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four) and Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), it is amazing something so praised in its day and still quite modern-sounding had yet to make its way onto CD.

Pylon's first single, "Cool" / "Dub" was released on Atlanta's DB Recs label in early 1980, earning a slew of excited press that immediately heralded Pylon as a major underground act. The band's jagged rhythms, scratchy guitar and insistent bass lines were the perfect foil for Vanessa's whisper-to-a-shriek vocals and the band's live shows were sweaty dance parties. Their debut LP Gyrate, was released in November of '80, also on DB, amid a heady time for the band. A string of sold-out club shows across the US was highlighted by east coast opening dates for the Gang of Four and an opening slot for The B-52's in New York's Central Park.

Glowing reviews came flooding in, including attention from Rolling Stone, Trouser Press and seemingly every other magazine on the planet. "Gyrate is a very good record that, in its humor, drive and purposeful innocence, sums up everything that's best about the new American rock bands," wrote Tom Carson in Rolling Stone. "[Pylon] bears scant relation to anything," cooed a writer in NME, defining them as a trailblazing band of the times. Pylon continued to tour and played more dates with like-minded acts Mission of Burma and Public Image Ltd.

The band followed up Gyrate with the like-minded album "Chomp" and continued the party on the road, both headlining as well as remaining the opening act of choice for many larger acts from overseas. But the minute the band became more a job than a party for it's members, they called it a day. No regrets. In 1990, the band quickly reared it's head one more time, released the college radio smash album "Chain" and toured stadiums opening for R.E.M. Then they disappeared again.

Since 2004, Pylon has been playing random surprise gigs around Georgia, slowly warming for something new, realizing the sound they so innocently yet confidently defined had hardly gone out of style. They had more admirers now than they ever imagined and DFA was certainly one of many. The song "Danger" had been a staple of James Murphy's DJ sets since 1999, much to the curiosity and bewilderment of a new generation of kids just discovering the many layers of the post punk movement. It is an honor for DFA to finally be able to bring this cherished music into the public domain in such a dignified manner.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much needed reissue June 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe there aren't more reviews here on Amazon of this classic postpunk cornerstone. DFA have done a wonderful job of digging up all of Pylon's early recordings - The Gyrate LP, Pylon! 10" EP, Cool/Dub single, and a previously unreleased track - and finally making them widely available. Contemporaries of the tense, angular, bass-heavy art/punk bands like Gang of Four, Au Pairs, Delta 5, Mekons, Mission of Burma, etc., that were flourishing at the time, Pylon are essential listening for anyone interested in that amazingly creative period from about 1978 to 1982 when, inspired by punk, bands were inventing new sounds and expanding rock & roll's horizons in amazing leaps. It seemed like a completely innovative new band was emerging every week, and Pylon were one of the very best. Definitely check this out, along with DFA's reissue of the band's second album (with bonus tracks) Chomp.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Post Punk New Wave Masterpiece December 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Without question one of the best, most defining albums of the early eighties post punk/new wave scene. Sounds just as fresh today as it did when it was originally released. Punky, spikey, dancy rhythms, jagged guitars, pulsing bass, pounding drums and one of the best female vocalists ever! Vanessa is amazing. An absolute must!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band November 13, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This disc collects Pylon's best recorded work, though it's all eminently great. They were never better than on the "Cool/Dub" EP, which opens this disc, IMHO. All of "Gyrate" is really great, though. My personal favorites are "The Driving School," "Feast on My Heart," and "Gravity."

Nothing can match, really, though, the ferocious intensity that was Pylon live back in the day. I saw them on a bill with the B-52's at the Agora Ballroom in Atlanta circa 1980, and the sheer energy and joy issuing from the stage was just awesome. I thought I would die from dancing so hard. Pylon's monstrous rhythms would just make you move, whether you wanted to or not.

The whole band is great, but Vanessa is just fierce. I don't think she ever really understood just how primal her vocals were at the time. Recordings can't really capture the transcendental experience that Pylon was, but this comes pretty close.

Now, where are the Method Actors on CD?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relive the Joy November 11, 2009
By W. Ball
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Oh, what fun it is to hear this reissue! Those of us who were stuck in the backwater South when "Gyrate" was played at parties or on college radio can remember the joy and liberation we felt upon hearing Pylon and their Athens brethren. Those of us who "got" Pylon felt they were a punch in the face to all the purveyors of Arena and Southern Rock being force-fed to the masses. Much of the better known music from punk and new wave poseurs of this era sounds silly and dated twenty-five years later. However, owing to Pylon's superb musicianship and originality, their music holds up well. If you were in school in the South during the early eighties or are a connoisseur of new wave, you owe it to yourself replace your lost Pylon records by getting "Gyrate Plus." Relive the joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! Pylon on CD! April 20, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Pylon was a fun band from the late 1970s to early 1980s. Sparse and minimalistic, but it all worked. I loved the vinyl version of Gyrate, but this is even better as it has all the tracks plus bonus material with none of the pop and hiss. Think of the B-52's, but earthier and not as kitsch. Vanessa has got SOME energy! They were a blast live!
I don't think there's one bad track on the entire album. One of the best albums from that time period and it still stands the test of time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars how did I miss them? July 9, 2008
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I got so rapped up in looking outside the U.S. (Enland Mainly) for older alternatives that I overlooked this great band. I can't believe they aren't more known than they are, even in underground circles. To set the record straight this music rivals anything Gang OF Four did. I don't mean its better just on the same level. So if u are a fan of them u should like this. Although they arent as political. Lets take the song DUB for example its like they are loud and messy on purpose, but it can be effective on the dance floor or dare I say a mosh pit. Seriosly this music dosent sound dated at all!
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