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Junk Culture

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  • Audio CD (April 1 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Caroline
  • ASIN: B000025JU0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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1. Junk Culture
2. Tesla Girls
3. Locomotion
4. Apollo
5. Never Turn Away
6. Love And Violence
7. Hard Day
8. All Wrapped Up
9. White Trash
10. Talking Loud And Clear

Product Description

2004 UK pressing features a total of 10 tracks. EMI.

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Format: Audio CD
Why can't deluxe editions be compiled by fans, or at the very least SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THE ALBUM?! Here are a few glaring problems with the deluxe double version right out of the gate:

1) Tesla Girls on the album proper (disc one), is a greatly edited version that for one, doesn't feature the opening piano-led instrumental part twice before the vocal starts. It only plays once. But that's not the most glaring problem. The real annoyance is they edited out the sampled "Tes, tes, te-te-te-te-tes!" from the beginning of the vocals! Maybe I'm wrong, but wasn't that always kinda one of the most famous bits in the whole track? This version is odd because it isn't featured on the original UK, US or Canadian vinyl releases! Where did this even come from?

and 2) Disc two includes the track "Wrapup" in title alone. They used the same master as the album version, rather than the aforementioned radical remake that was the b-side of the Never Fade Away 12".

Also, the 12" mix of Tesla Girls on disc two is the UK "12 inch mix" That is basically the ACTUAL ALBUM VERSION with a few extra bass drum beats at the intro. Why include this when there was a complete actual remix of the song released in Canada as the 12" version?

Also, the bonuses don't feature the live version of Telegraph from the Tesla Girls 12" (in both the UK and Canadian versions). But that's probably just quibbling...

Ultimately, they took a favorite album of mine and made it a frustrating double CD set. Otherwise, the sound is OK and it's nice to have the unreleased tracks and demos on disc two. 5 stars for the original album as it was back in '84, 3 stars for this deluxe edition.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea55b10) out of 5 stars OMD's zenith Dec 7 2005
By F P Cassini - Published on
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A very different perspective than the reviews I've read here is that Junk Culture is OMD's peak! This release very successfully blends the 'art' with the 'pop'. The previous release, Dazzle Ships, doesn't have hooks to demand the listener play the album over and over, while the next release, Crush, is contaminated by the peppering of crassly calculated careerist "hit singles" (soulless Stephen Hague produced and banished all quirk factor, except Andy McCluskey's distinctive(!) voice) that unapologetically commenced OMD's short wade into mainstream impotency. In my mind, Junk Culture is their final chapter, with a few of the more interesting tracks from Crush as an addendum. DISCLAIMER OF ADOLESCENT SUBJECTIVITY: this lp took over my turntable in 1985 when I was developmentally in "teenage sponge mode". Still, objectively speaking, it is the culmination of their intelligent quirky art-pop aesthetic. Beautiful arranging/production, and Peter Saville design, too!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea5a1f8) out of 5 stars The remastering is fantastic and I'm thrilled to be hearing some new songs ... March 11 2015
By The Lunar Camel - Published on
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This review is for the 2CD Deluxe Edition. The remastering is fantastic and I'm thrilled to be hearing some new songs previously unreleased though. My only complaint is that 1) they screwed up the song order on the original disc and also, they list 'Wrappup' as a song on disc 2. Wrappup was previously released as a b-side and is a much different version of All Wrapped Up. What is on disc 2 though is simply 'All Wrapped Up' and not Wrappup. Didn't anybody review this stuff before releasing an expensive disc collection? Somebody should be fired over stupid errors like that. Dumb dumb dumb. Junk Culture holds a special place in my heart and the deluxe edition is overall a superb collection.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea5a1bc) out of 5 stars About ten years ahead of their time April 30 2012
By C. Glenn - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This album blew me away so hard when it came out--more innovative and original than anything at the time. OMD did have their own quirky vocal flavor, which may explain their limited popularity. Personally, I loved this album then and I still do. These guys were simply genius. I'm listening to this album as I write this. It's the first time I've heard it in more than ten years. It still strikes as intelligent and honest, with a waterfall of soul and emotion coming through compelling electronic sounds.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea5a4b0) out of 5 stars Taking the plunge... March 6 2006
By Kid A - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As another reviewer noted, this album marks OMD's departure from the more synthy/new-wavy/electronic sounds they embraced on earlier releases, especially Dazzle Ships.

Although Junk Culture doesn't fully embrace the pop culture as the follow up album, Crush, did, there was still a notable pop influence on this release. I don't say that as a bad thing, either. Good pop is still good music. It's just a shame that there's so much *bad* pop, but I digress.

Junk Culture took a little bit of time to sink in with me. I admit it. I love Crush. I suppose part of that is sentimental, as it was my girlfriend of the time (and wife now, so many years later) that exposed me to OMD via Crush. I had always liked Organisation and their other, older albums. Once I fell for Crush, though, I think the beauty of Junk Culture was finally exposed to me.

The great thing about Junk Culture is exactly its merging of the quirkiness of OMD's earlier material with the more pop-oriented melodies of the time. Those two elements came together in Junk Culture to create a genuinely unique work. You just can't go wrong with the eccentric Tesla Girls, the emotion of Love and Violence or the Latin flair of All Wrapped Up.

Any fan of the '80s owes it to themselves to own this album. It may not be my favorite OMD album, but it does a great job of displaying both sides of the OMD coin. It has also stood the test of time, in my opinion sounding as brilliant today as it did 20+ years ago.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ea5a9a8) out of 5 stars Still Thrills Nov. 11 2013
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album wasn't nearly as daring or adventerous as OMD's first couple of albums, or even gems such as "Dazzle Ships" and "Architecture and Morality", and yet it's hard to find any fault with it. Yes, OMD was veering in a more pop direction at this point, but it's not like they ever aspired to be Tangerine Dream or Can. The songs here have plenty of hooks, and those endearing vocals, but there are enough sharp edges to please fans of the early albums too. All in all, another thrilling mini-masterpiece, highlighted by some of their very best songs. It's an album that has held up well over the years.