Uploading this as I just came across a copy and haven’t seen it posted out there before. This is the final piece of the Necropolis of Love puzzle, which began with a minimal synth-tinged 7” in 1982 and ended with 1984’s The Hope, which is a seminal piece of post-punk from the West Coast scene (the guitar version of “Talk” remains a constant staple in my DJ sets).
However, this record walks a fine line between both sounds, catching the band in a transitional phase. “Dance,” despite the surface-level title is an excellent wave track with club aspirations, the best moments being the ascending synth lines. A different version of track also appears on The Hope 12”. “Debutante” is a rhythm-based track that reminds me of a more dance-oriented Störung, with blaring saxophones to break up the repetitive rhythms. “Cafetown” is the weakest song here, a jerky number with lyrics that seem to criticize California coffee-shop types.
This 12” was released in a generic sleeve- likely in small numbers, and it seems the scarcest of all the Necropolis of Love releases. The copy I have didn’t sound that wonderful, but between the record cleaner and a little even-handed click removal, it should be a serviceable listen until a better copy presents itself . I’ve only heard one other rip of this 12” before (overblown and tinny sounding) but it seems to have similar issues, so this is perhaps a common pressing problem. If anyone else has a better sounding copy out there, feel free to get in touch!
As a bonus, I’ve uploaded a radio session the band performed on KSUF in 1985, featuring several unreleased tracks as well as a few familiar favorites. This has been floating out there for some time but I don’t think it’s been blogged before either, so I’ll include it for anyone who missed it the first time around. It seems the band has shed some more light on their time together, and there was to be an album deal with Sire records but it ultimately fell through. Curious if some of these tracks were being considered for the LP…
Necropolis of Love- In Search Of… 12”
1. Dance (Dance Mix)
3. Cafe Town
Necropolis of Love- The Graffiti- Jan 31st 1985 (Live on KSUF)
1. KSUF Announcer Intro
2. Night Out
3. Cafe Town
4. The Tunnel
6. Heart of the Beast