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Hard Attack

Mx-80 Sound Vinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (April 2, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Superior Viaduct
  • ASIN: B00BCXW00C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Vinyl LP repressing of this 1977 album. MX-80 Sound is one of the real oddities in American music. Their debut album, Hard Attack (released in the UK on Island Records), found little-to-no audience in the States upon its release in 1977, yet remains a key document of the mid-'70s Proto-Ounk zeitgeist. Hailing from Bloomington, Indiana, MX-80 Sound was lead by guitarist Bruce Anderson and defies simple classification with relentless riffs, dual drummers and vocalist Rich Stim's absurdist prose and dizzying sax. Assimilating the avant-rock of Captain Beefheart and conjuring the ghosts of Albert Ayler, MX-80 Sound evokes what free jazz would sound like if born in Bloomington. As archivist Byron Coley writes, ''Hard Attack has long been considered one of the great squirts of the Midwest underground's prog-punk tradition. Fellow travelers include Debris' Static Disposal, Pere Ubu's Modern Dance and Destroy All Monsters' 1974-1976, and what makes each of these fine gushers unique is that they were all created in virtual isolation. No one else in the neighborhood was creating anything akin to them.''

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5.0 out of 5 stars cant step on it !!! ever! April 16, 2014
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
these guys were on it. you can hear many different elements here. this is a nice transition from real great 70's rock to the beginnings of and death of early "x - music". which is not the same as your typical "punk" 16th note:
1 2 3 4/ stop /slow /fast /end, that seemed to be the preference of the younger kids throughout the 80's. think of some of the greatest rock/x-music/new wave/no wave bands and you will hear mx-80 sound all over the map of many a great bands. face it THESE GUYS INSPIRED many musicians. i always liked sonic youth but heard mx-80 sound all throughout thurston moore's style. in any sense of comparison mx-80 sound is way more intelligent, easy, edgy, playful and complex in there structures without all of that "pop music" plastic. probably the greatest rock album from that time. bummer it hasnt received the major credit and pay-off that these guys deserve for bringing this to the planet. r.a.west
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique January 30, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Different - very different. If you like good, but unusual music, give this a listen. Unlike anything else, but I would say influenced by Captain Beefheart and avant garde jazz. Not a classic by any means, but very worthwhile for those who like this type of thing.
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