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  • Summary: The short-lived early 1980s Scottish band (who, like followers Orange Juice, are a strong influence on present-day bands such as Franz Ferdinand) are celebrated in a 22-track compilation that includes their singles for Postcard, cuts from their only two LPs, and recordings from a session forThe short-lived early 1980s Scottish band (who, like followers Orange Juice, are a strong influence on present-day bands such as Franz Ferdinand) are celebrated in a 22-track compilation that includes their singles for Postcard, cuts from their only two LPs, and recordings from a session for John Peel. Expand
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  1. 100
    Their scratchily rhythmic guitar music with dour, sardonic vocals has proved immensely influential. [Dec 2006, p.114]
  2. Neither of the albums they recorded before disbanding made it to the U.S.; thankfully, this long-overdue retrospective includes the choicest cuts from both. [22 Dec 2006, p.83]
  3. Over twenty years later their music continues to connect.
  4. 80
    An overdue look into one of Scotland's most underrated bands. [Dec 2006, p.116]
  5. Josef K's candy-striped take on post-punk isolationism sounds both ancient and modern. [18 Nov 2006, p.31]
  6. For enthusiasts of the genre it's an indispensable staple and a welcome rediscovery. [Dec 2006, p.102]
  7. Entomology is full of music you desperately want to love, as it’s so clearly superior to the music that has subsequently genuflected in its direction. Thing is, I’d much rather hear a couple of minutes of Paul Haig’s droll yet strangely alluring post-Josef K solo records than the entirety of the host outfit’s material.

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  1. JonS
    Dec 31, 2006
    10
    OK, there have been similar compilations before, but these are stil lessential tracks and every bit as influential as the bigger bands that OK, there have been similar compilations before, but these are stil lessential tracks and every bit as influential as the bigger bands that 'made it' such as Nirvana or the Smiths. Classic. Expand