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Age of Chance

  • Crush Collision [Virgin EP, 1987] A-
  • One Thousand Years of Trouble [Virgin, 1987] B+

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Crush Collision [Virgin EP, 1987]
These troublemakers top their agitpop with covers of "Disco Inferno" (name that tune) and "Kiss" ("You got to know how to talk/If you want to impress me/And it would help if you know how to walk . . ."). Their "sonic metal disco" aims to reintroduce the Human League to the Gang of Four, and who knows--if they can achieve world revolution, maybe I can overcome my Phil Oakey problem. A-

One Thousand Years of Trouble [Virgin, 1987]
At their strongest these Leeds lads have the postsituationist aggro down. Slogans like "Take It!" and "Don't Get Mad . . . Get Even!" are presented literally, yelled over loud funk beats that combined with their wall of noise makes them white rap the way Led Zep were white blues. Advocating insurrection ain't planning revolution, but it ain't surrender either. B+