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The Hungry Years: The Best Of Sex Gang Children - Sex Gang Children

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Goth / Artist: Sex Gang Children / Audio CD released 1999-10-01 at Receiver

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      16.10.2008 10:17
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      Great album

      A band which even makes Gary Glitter feel a bit dodgy typing it into google, the oddly named Sex Gang Children led by Andi Sexgang was once the name considered for his pal Boy George's culture club. Modern day gothic rock is not really for me at all with the exception of those stalwarts The Sisters of Mercy but there is something uite intriguing about the raw sound of this early 80's batcave scene band.

      The band were active throughout most of the 80s but only really produced one real album to date, however various other singles are added on this compilation "The Hungry Years" which is about as good as they get.

      Heavy bass lines and nasally vocals are matched with simple drumming and a raw often feedback filled garage guitar sound, I might not have made it sound that attractive but together it works well. The best track for me is the rather long anthem "Mauritia Mayer" an ode to the Bavarian proprietress whose hotel was famously used by artists, musicians and rich folk in the mid 19th century. It's simple but effective, at the other end of the scale you have the more instrumental Sebastiene with more complex lyrics like:

      Sister tell wishing well to the young men dead on the shore
      She soon died a suicide, kissed the table in god's name
      It's the code of the cowboy men to defile all that is pure
      Too much hate, too much hate and your ignorance is your strength
      Don't sell us Brittanica, with it's oozing pipeline dream
      Eat your children baked in a pie, i will blind you to improve
      Your visions of I
      Sebastiane
      Sebastiane
      Sebastiane
      Sebastiane
      Bite the face of piety, kiss your mother's broken spirit
      There is nothing not even shame
      Just the stench from the room full of social animals
      Caught again jezebel, with your 'friend' and his beauty bible
      He once walked through sacred lands
      Now he waves his nazi dagger
      Sebastiane
      Sebastiane
      Sebastiane
      Wish you well sebastiane
      With your smiling puritan youth
      And you feel, feel no pain
      As they cut through your bluey green vein

      and whilst it may not be as easy to sing a long to as Mauritia Mayer it still comes off as a legendary memorable track. A top album and apart from my above two mentioned faves on it, there are plenty of other enjoyable tracks and whether it's German Nun or Beasts (another super track), the lyrics are much more complex than much of today's music.

      1. Mauritia Mayer (Long Version)
      2. German Nun
      3. Sebastiane
      4. Killer K
      5. Draconian Dream
      6. Cannibal Queen
      7. Song & Legend
      8. Shout & Scream
      9. Sense Of Elation
      10. Mongolia
      11. Salvation
      12. Times Of Our Lives
      13. Kill Dub
      14. Into The Abyss
      15. State Of Mind
      16. Beasts
      17. Children's Prayer
      18. Dieche (Short Version)
      19. The Crack Up

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Mauritia Mayer
      2 German Nun
      3 Sebastiane
      4 Killer K
      5 Draconian Dream
      6 Cannibal Queen
      7 Song & Legend
      8 Shout & Scream
      9 Sense Of Elation
      10 Mongolia
      11 Salvation
      12 Times Of Our Lives
      13 Kill Dub
      14 Into The Abyss
      15 State Of Mind
      16 Beasts
      17 Children's Prayer
      18 Dieche
      19 Crack Up