TITLE: Clinic (also known as 3 EPs)
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Lead cuts were: I.P.C. Subeditors Dictate Our Youth, Monkey on Your Back, Cement Mixer
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Highly doubtful
LINEUP: Ade Blackburn, Brian Campbell, Johnathan Hartley, Carl Turney
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After signing a record deal, the eccentric UK band re-releases its self-released EPs in one collection.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Clinic is a band that had been working under various names for quite a long time, but they didn’t get noticed until Campbell and Turney joined, and they started to self-release EPs under the name Clinic. The track “I.P.C. Subeditors Dictate Our Youth” was a song of the week by the NME, and in a year or so they signed to Domino records.
The sound of Clinic is jarring, using old keyboards, sharp, repetitive guitars (sometimes sounding like a demented surf band) and acidic vocals by Blackburn. Oh, and they’re not afraid to use weird tempos, tape loops, drum machines or other tricks for their records. They’re not a smooth listen, for sure.
That being said, this nine-song collection is a pretty good introduction to early Clinic. Not every song works (usually song 3 of the EP is something that is experimental) but enough do for curiosity’s sake.
NOTES & MINUTAE: Somehow, the song “D.P.” from their first EP was used for a commercial. It’s not one I would associate with any product, but there ya go.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B. Interesting and enjoyable for those who don’t mind some arty change-ups going on around them.