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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, often indecipherable,mumble. As a five-piece (with two drummers), they twice released a seven-song 7-inch EP (subtitled Hard Pop from theHoosiers) on local labels, impressing Island Records enough to sign them. But the following album, Hard Attack, was neverreleased in the United States and attracted little attention aside from some critical raves. A move to San Francisco (sheddingone drummer in ...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, often indecipherable,mumble. As a five-piece (with two drummers), they twice released a seven-song 7-inch EP (subtitled Hard Pop from theHoosiers) on local labels, impressing Island Records enough to sign them. But the following album, Hard Attack, was neverreleased 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 and otheroffbeat types.

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


LPs
Crowd Control
1981

4
3 Votes
Out of the Tunnel
1980

4
6 Votes
Hard Attack
1977

3
2 Votes
Compilations
Das Love Boat
1990

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