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MX-80 Sound

MX-80 Sound were a post-punk band originally from Bloomington, Indiana.

Their sound was centered around Bruce Anderson’s slashing, trebly guitar riffing and Rich Stim’s deadpan, oftenindecipherable,mumble. As a five-piece (with two drummers), they twice released a seven-song 7-inch EP (subtitled Hard Pop fromtheHoosiers) on local labels, impressing Island Records enough to sign them. But the following album, Hard Attack, wasneverreleased in the United States and attracted little attention aside from some critical raves. A move to San Francisco(sheddingone drummer in the p ...read more

MX-80 Sound were a post-punk band originally from Bloomington, Indiana.

Their sound was centered around Bruce Anderson’s slashing, trebly guitar riffing and Rich Stim’s deadpan, oftenindecipherable,mumble. As a five-piece (with two drummers), they twice released a seven-song 7-inch EP (subtitled Hard Pop fromtheHoosiers) on local labels, impressing Island Records enough to sign them. But the following album, Hard Attack, wasneverreleased in the United States and attracted little attention aside from some critical raves. A move to San Francisco(sheddingone drummer in the process) brought them to the attention of that city’s Ralph Records, home of The Residents andotheroffbeat types.

Members of MX-80 also backed Stim’s singing wife, Angel Corpus Christi, on her releases, discs that meld Patti Smith-poesywithfringey no wave. If ever a band realized the potential of pre-punk “underground” noise rock, MX-80 is it. « hide

Similar Bands: Wire, Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire

LPs
Crowd Control
1981

3.9
8 Votes
Out of the Tunnel
1980

4
11 Votes
Hard Attack
1977

3.1
5 Votes
EPs
Big Hits
1976

2.5
1 Votes
Compilations
Das Love Boat
1990

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