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TOXIC REASONS- Ghost Town 7″EP (Risky Records, USA, 1981)

ToxicReasons_ghosttown_frontToxicReasons_ghosttown_backTOXIC REASONS’ second 7″ was this incredible three tracker, although all three tracks featured here would later all re-appear in new versions on the mandatory “Independence” LP. These three songs were produced by DK’s East Bay Ray and it’s safe to say that this isn’t one hell of a job, as far as engineering and mixing goes. Needles to say, I love it exactly for this, cuz it adds a lot of heart.
“Ghost Town”, especially in this early, crude version, sounds a lot like a perfect blend of CLASH, and British meets U.S. Hardcore. The band was headed for a tougher sound, after the catchy but still kinda poppy debut. That’s what makes TOXIC REASONS one of the most interesting bands of the 80s – they kept musically changing while staying the same band. Après the Hardcore Thrash peak on “Independence”, the band magically transformed the music into the epic and melancholic Hardcore-swansong on the “Kill by Remote Control” LP, one of the most important albums of the entire 80s.

Perfect 7″, with one of my all time fave covers as well.

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