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New Hope For The Wretched - Plasmatics

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - New Wave & Post-punk / Artist: Plasmatics / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2009-07-20 at Plasmatic Media

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      06.02.2010 19:10
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      Explicit and explosive

      New Hope for the Wretched is the debut album by American punk band Plasmatics, released in 1980 by the British label Stiff Records. Plasmatics were part of the New York scene in the mid 70s revolving around CBGB's with the likes of the New York Dolls, The Dead Boys and The Ramones.

      For whatever reason though, it took them quite a while to get their act together - when they finally did, they weren't going to be quiet - outrageous performances including chainsaws, nudity and explosives were the norm and it comes as little surprised they were banned from performing in London

      The idea behind the blowing of cars up being to show that they were just things and didn't really matter, still seems a bit out of place for punk and a bit more grandiose, to some extent it's more metal and the band definitely do bridge the two - New Hope for the Wretched is very much rooted in New York punk though and there aren't really many metal undertones unlike their later albums.

      The production is fairly poor (this is partly down to producer Miller's heroin addiction at the time), the vocals gritty and Wendy O'Williams' sounds rather manly at times, muttering punk groans throughout the album, the music is solid but nothing outstanding I recommend you go for the latest version of this album released in 2001, it contains the EP - Metal Priestess which is heavier and better produced. Metal Priestess was released on the back of the band's success in 1980 and 81 to quench the fan's thirst for new material. There are also some additional bonus tracks thrown in on the 2001 version.

      It's not as good as Beyond the Valley of 1984 or Coup D'Etat but the punky tunes that can be found on this album are still rather catchy, they do tend to blur into rather similar sounding tunes after a while though.

      1 Tight Black Pants
      2 Monkey Suit
      3 Living Dead
      4 Test Tube Babies
      5 Won't You
      6 Concrete Shoes
      7 Squirm
      8 Want You Babe
      9 Dream Lover
      10 Sometimes I
      11 Corruption
      12 Butcher Baby
      13 Tight Black Pants
      14 Living Dead
      15 Sometimes I
      16 Lunacy
      17 Doom Song
      18 Sex Junkie
      19 Black Leather Monster
      20 12 Noon
      21 Masterplan

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Tight Black Pants
    2 Monkey Suit
    3 Living Dead
    4 Test Tube Babies
    5 Won't You
    6 Concrete Shoes
    7 Squirm
    8 Want You Babe
    9 Dream Lover
    10 Sometimes I
    11 Corruption
    12 Butcher Baby
    13 Tight Black Pants
    14 Living Dead
    15 Sometimes I
    16 Lunacy
    17 Doom Song
    18 Sex Junkie
    19 Black Leather Monster
    20 12 Noon
    21 Masterplan