Metal Urbain - “Panik” 7″ and “Paris Maquis” 7″
soooo… ya think Big Black invented the idea of loud/distorted guitars over a drum machine do ya? think again. whether by necessity or design, this French group did it all the way back in 1977, the year these two singles were released. granted, there’s more reckless punk abandon on display here than Albini & co. ever mustered (though the latter do deserve credit for tightening things up in the execution and production departments) and the drum machines of the day weren’t exactly technological wonders… I won’t blather on about how things were “better back in the day” (I wasn’t even a year old when these were released) but all the same, these singles are an important history lesson for anyone who might not have been aware of their influence on other bands who in turn influenced other shit that’s going on today.
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