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Sunday, September 24, 2006


ModMusic: Lords of Acid

One of our favorite music blogs, Lost in the 80's, waxed nostalgic this week about our youth...well, their youth, but it might as well have been ours. Theirs took place in Cleveland at an industrial dance club called Nine of Clubs, which reached its heights in the late 80's; half a continent away, I was wearing eyeliner and dressing in androgynous black getups in Atlanta, where Weekends was the club for industrial music and new wavers. Industrial/techno/rave was just really taking off, and Weekends was the epicenter for the entire Southern U.S. The songs were rarely heard at other clubs -- harsh, insistent tracks like the ones LIT8's links to: Nitzer Ebb's "Join In The Chant", CCCP's "American Soviets", and a personal favorite, "Rigor Mortis" by A Split Second. Only a few Weekend favorites made it to the mainstream -- I remember that I first heard "3 A.M. Eternal" by The KLF and Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like A Hole" on the dance floor of Weekends.

But if there's any track that typifies that period, it's Lords Of Acid's seminal track, "I Sit On Acid." Any song that begins with a sing-song "Darling, come here/fuck me up the..." is destined for greatness, but this slutty anthem was more than a mere provocation -- it could pummel morose dance kids into a complete fervor, the perfect melding of our outward garishness and our inner insecurity. It was the sex we wanted to have, and weren't; the personal freedom we wanted, and feared. If you download it, remember to turn the volume way up on your speakers...it isn't meant to be played quietly.

Download: I Sit On Acid
Then Get: Lust, Lords of Acid
And: Greatest Tits, Lords of Acid
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