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jason on 05/30/2012 at 12:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Blah Blah Blah, "In The Army"

Blah Blah Blah surfaced during the late 70s UK DIY explosion. The group took an improvised approach, never playing the same song twice but recording constantly in a similar spirit to groups like Smersh and The Residents. Their penchant for synthesized sound led Blah to share the stage with up-and-coming electro pop groups like Depeche Mode, which in turn led to riots; the group gave up on live performance after an audience member attempted to set them on fire during their thirteenth show (click the article to read more).

Many of Blah Blah Blah's recordings were reissued by the UK's great Cherry Red, and are archived for posterity here on the FMA. "In The Army" was originally released as the group's single, and now caps off the Gold Collection, a reissue of Blah Blah Blah's first LP, as a special bonus track. The song's absurd vocals strike a chord somewhere between Cookie Monster and Amanda, atop synthesized sounds that come across like a tripped out BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

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