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The Ex

Playing a hybrid of punk to advance their liberal socialist agenda (serving as the rough equivalent of a Dutch Crass), the Ex put out reams of records and propaganda during the '80s -- each released on a different Dutch label -- but in the '90s began to embrace industrial forms of percussion and improvisation more in line with Einstürzende Neubauten and Test Dept. Formed in the late '70s, the group debuted at the turn of the decade with Disturbing Domestic Peace. The year 1983 was particularly busy; two proper albums were released (Tumult and Blueprints for a Blackout) plus the singles box Dignity of Labour and an EP, Gonna Rob the Spermbank.

Two more LPs appeared during the mid-'80s, after which the group formed their own Ex label in 1988 to release a compilation of their three Peel Sessions, Hands Up! You're Free. During 1990-1993, the Ex preoccupied themselves with projects: recordings with Dog Faced Hermans produced the cassette-only Treat, and a collaboration with noted avant-garde cellist Tom Cora resulted in 1991's Scrabbling at the Lock plus And the Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders two years later. The group returned in 1995 with two major releases -- a double CD of improvisational material called Instant, and the proper album Mudbird Shivers. Starters Alternators followed in 1998 and Spanish Revolution was issued two years later; they also completed their 20-member, big band project Ex Orkestra in 2000. Dizzy Spells, which the group recorded with Steve Albini, arrived the following spring. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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The bio is a bit off... All the early albums were self-release d , the band just used a new label name each time. Also, 1936 Spanish Revolution first appeared in 1986 (50 yrs anniversary) . And since Dizzy Spells, they've made several more albums, including two with Ethiopian sax legend, Getatchew Mekuria. Best rock band in the world.
Ummm...Liber a l is the opposite of socialist. Hence my Swedish bass player whose friends all thought he was too conservative because he was so liberal.
I made a station out of them and I have thumbed up every song so far. Yes.
sbholl84
These guys are pissed. They sound angrier than In God We Trust-era Dead Kennedys.
viola02
The DVD "A beautiful frenzy" is great as well. Known them for ~20 years (I'm way old), seen them a few times in Europe and at the Jazz Factory in Hollywood; every time a great treat. Blueprints for a blackout, Tom Cora's cello on Scrambling at the Lock, the Lokomotora tune on spanish revolution are all highlights. I made sure they're not forgotten by naming a snail species after them: Depressizona exorum. The image of the shell is behind the CD of Turn, if anybody cares.
Saw them live in Hollywood once. They put on an awesome show but I was disappointed that they wouldn't play their old punk rock stuff! Go back to your roots guys!
cmsove
Not a fan of socialism but this really rocks.
I've never heard of them before but I just done hearing "Contempt" and that rocked, really, really Hard!
You know? "We need Painters" f**king destroys.

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