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Flash Metal Suicide: Alien Sex Fiend
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Cherry Red Records. By this time they were four LPs into their career and the die had been cast. Totally oblivious to the outside world, none of the ASF oeuvre would make any sense at all in sensible company, so you need to immerse yourself in the tawdry goings on to get anything out of it. Which I did….. Coming to this record as a beginner to ASF, I found this LP a barrel of fun, though I am bound to say that the bonus material included on this disc is what makes it.
Alien Sex Fiend: Classic Albums Volume Two – Album Review
It is the flash metal funhouse mirror, a plastic-fantastic slayground full of green-skinned ghouls and creepy-crawling insects and corrosive dope disco and jagged, gone-all-to-hell glam guitars and a throbbing neon aura of pure, gleeful madness. Fiend Chris Wade , and whatever undead slaves they can conjure up. DP formed in , played their first gig — opening for the Unwanted, who would later morph into goth-glammers Specimen — in , released a couple fun, catchy singles and, in their latter days, boasted a pre-Hanoi Razzle on drums and Boo and Jimbo — later of proto-glam punk flash metal suicides the Babysitters — on bass and guitar, respectively.
Numero uno shoulder-rub for the new wave of dark wave circa , The Batcave provided sonic sanctuary for punk refugees who had held onto their subversive sensibilities and thus couldn't face the prospect of dancing to Kid Creole and The Coconuts or Spandau Ballet. As London mythology goes, snotty-nosed punk gave way to the flash trash of new romance, The Blitz Club, the synth 'revolution' of the futurists, art rock, men in lipstick and acceptable avarice. The disenchanted formed their own club: one where the disheveled and haphazard bumped with the belligerent and discontented, and a haven for maudlin and misanthropic misfits with a fascination for '50s horror and a closet penchant for the psychedelic Run by Ollie Wisdom from Specimen, and favoured watering hole of Robert Smith, Siouxsie Sioux, Nick Cave and Marc Almond amongst others, the Batcave defined the gothic attitude and embraced the histrionic pomp of Romantic poetry and neo-occult gesticulations, the violent decadence of preraphaelite art with the 5p noir novels of the '30s, late night horror films, nihlism and Nietzsche. It was a movement emerging with its own lengthy subtext and a surfeit of black clothing which would come to define itself as a dress code, a movement, a set of cultural expectations later described as 'gothic rock' but then was just known as 'Batcave'.