Yo I'm just gonna put it to you guys straight without trying to be eloquent about it or anything - album that came out in 1984 I think, Catastrophe Ballet, by a band whose singer & prime mover became a friend of mine - that shit is mad underrated. It is pretty openly queer; if you've got that cool-dude homophobia that helps people make internet friends, you won't really be able to get much out of it. But if you're above that (to be honest about what I really mean), this is an absolutely classic album from the early/mid-eighties. Influential? Hardly; Rozz was more into absorbing influence than making waves, though I'd be extremely surprised to learn that Trent Reznor wasn't intimately familiar with the songs on this record, whose mood is unique in music. There's a tension afoot here whose backstory is both wondrous and pedestrian, and is worth hunting down. But that's a topic for another day. The main thing is, there's a lot of albums in the canon and I'm not trying to take any of them down, but when it comes to the stuff that laid the groundwork for things that'd still be in play twenty-five years later, this ranks among the better-aged of them.
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