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  • Soma Holiday [Non-U/Radiobeat, 1983] B+

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Soma Holiday [Non-U/Radiobeat, 1983]
The hardcore debut of 1983 doesn't sound very hardcore, which may not bode well for the movement--this is like a more rigorous, less cosmic PIL. There's a touch too much Geddy Lee in Richard Brown's vocals, but he sure doesn't think like Geddy Lee--avoiding tantrum and who-am-I?, these spare slogans are underpinned by actual left theory, though not much practice. Entire stanza: "Lines form/Stretch for blocks/City blocks/Many wait/Benefits/Stigmatized/Sit and wait/Benefits/Bread." B+