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Boomkat Product Review:
**Reissue of a seminal and captivating but overlooked German post-punk ace, now remastered from original tapes** "The best German band of the eighties" according to German pop scholar D. Diederichsen, Subnarcotic stood far out from the NDW crowd circa 1982 with their 2nd album '39 Clocks'. Hailing from Hanover in northern Germany, their psychedelic '60s-aping sound was blatantly anachronistic compared with the surge of clean-cut, dance-able pop sounds which defined their contemporaries. Also, unlike shiny young popsters such as Palais Schaumberg, they sang in English and sounded more like Suicide or early Factory releases than their fellow countrymen, taking two steps back against the grain to pick up a thread of "Original Psycho Beat: futuristic, hypnotic 60s psychedelia with a beatbox deferred to the early '80s." Nearly every track on '39 Clocks' is a straight winner, from their twitchy, phet-gritted cover 'Psychotic Louie Louie' to the sinewy New York inspirations of 'Virtuous Girl' and the austere, dissonant and phantasmic atmospheres of 'Rainy Night Insanities' or the ice-cool delivery of wheezing organs and rippling beat box on 'Aspettando Godo'. In so many ways it all mirrors the moodier underclass of UK miserablists and indie retrofuturism, but from a curiously detached and machine-like stance. Imagine Can meets Suicide at winter in Hulme, 1982, and you're very close to this sound. Recommended.