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Old 11-02-2007, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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They're great ain't they.

If one is bad they're usually over before you have a chance to get bored of them.
If they're good they leave you wanting more. I have always thought of them as the perfect way to get a taster of a band , you get more of an idea of their sound better than you would with a single , and they tend to have more of an immediate effect than albums.

Let's us give these short bodies of work some much valued attention by posting some of our favourites........


Husker Du - Metal Circus
If I had to choose a favourite ever this would be the winner by a mile. All the energy of their early hardcore punk days but now showing a more mature songwriting style that would shape their later years. 7 songs of pure perfection.


Primal Scream - Narco Dixie
There are several things that could make this EP great. It has Movin On Up ,one of the best opening tracks of all time opening it. But it's not that , that's on the Screamadelica album anyway. It could be Stone My Soul , one of the best Ballads Primal Scream have ever written , but it's not that either. Or it could be the cover of Dennis Wilson's unused song Carry Me Home , but it's not that either. What makes this EP great is the 10 minute long funk filled headrush of the title track of the Screamadelica album that was never used on the album, that's what makes this EP special.


Joy Division - An Ideal For Living
Some people got into Joy Division from listening to Unknown Pleasures. Some people got into Joy Division from listening to Closer , Some people got into Joy Division from listening to Love Will Tear Us Apart. For myself , I got into them after hearing the raw energetic blast of this wonderful piece of work.


The Fall - Slates
Reviewed this elsewhere so no need to go into any detail , only to say this is a bit like a starter to the main course that was Hex Enduction Hour. Not a single second on this EP is wasted.
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Bauhaus - Belle Lugosi's Dead E.P.

Released in 1979 on the Small Wonder label.
Belle Lugosi's Dead was a 9 minute Gothic post-punk rock classic. Hailed as the Goth rock anthem.
Also featured are the tracks; 'Boys' and on some copies a demo version of 'Dark Entries', which was later to be released as a studio version on 'Beggers Banquet', as their second single.

I remember hearing this for the first time and thinking...W...T...F?!
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Old 11-02-2007, 02:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Fall of Troy - GhostShip Demos

1.Ghostship I
2.Ghostship IV
3.Ghostship V
4.Macaulay McCulkin

Macaulay McCulkin was put on Doppelganger, and the 3 ghostships on the EP will be re-recorded and put on a future album entitled "Phantom on the Horizon". There are 2 more Ghostships that have been put on MP3. Ghostship II which is relatively good quality. And Ghostship III which is really horrible quality. A song on their newest album Manipulator was originally Ghostship VI but they didn't feel it fit well with the songs and scratched it to put it on Manipulator as "Semi-Fiction".
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Is there anything on "An Ideal for Living" that isn't on Substance?


TV on the Radio's best output imo. God I love this ep... great debut.


Not their best work, but a pretty stunning debut nonetheless.


Pere Ubu's most "punk" songs, all of which are epic and intense masterpieces.
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Track listing

1. "PDA" – 5:02
2. "NYC" – 4:20
3. "Specialist" – 6:39

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Is there anything on "An Ideal for Living" that isn't on Substance?
Nope , the whole thing is on there.
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Laibach - Sympathy For The Devil E.P.


Laibach cover version(s) of the Rolling Stones classic.
Seven to be exact.
Noted for singing in German but coming from Slovenia and music even weirder than that particular fact.
This E.P. once sat in my collection, until I lent it to my bessie mate...now living in Australia along with my record.
Both likely to be never seen again.
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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V2 - Man In A Box.

Not strictly an EP, but released as a 12".
Manchester punk band V2, formed in 1976 could and should have been massive.
Heavily influenced by Bowie, two of the members were present at the famous Sex Pistols concert at the Lesser Free Trade Hall.


Released in 1978. The band dissolved a couple of years later.
Sorry, no pic...this will have to do instead.
V2 Free Music

This on the band..." On record they rarely, if ever, achieved that which they could deliver live....crashing through stages wearing frankenstein boots; attacking front rows with guitars hacked into cricket bats; faking electric shocks to stop riots...coming off stage covered from head to toe in gob, beer, whatever "

Recommended listening and worth the little effort downloading the mp3.
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Old 11-03-2007, 01:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Swans -EP


Hugely underated band and this thread could be made for them as they made a good half dozen EP'S. One of the first No wave bands. This one is not as brutal as their later stuff, but is still noisy and experimental.
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Funny really, I was thinking about how LP's overall seam beter than Albums and Singles.

Pretty Short, sweet, grips you to that band by the arse and normally a nice little price
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