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  • The Very Long Fuse [Homestead EP, 1985] B+

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The Very Long Fuse [Homestead EP, 1985]
A guitar band with drum machine, as Chicago as Big Black or industrial dance music. Or maybe Big Black is industrial dance music. Well, this isn't--it's hard-edged rock and roll, more like Australia's Celibate Rifles than Britannia's identically configured Three Johns. In standard postpunk mode, the appeal is sound not sense--the good lyrics come in snatches at best. But the sound would never have caught my ear without the completely realized "(Knife in the) Marathon," a dark tale of Olympic racism, or terrorism, or simple skulduggery. B+