Wilk and Co. were also absorbing the then burgeoning American power pop/wave tradewinds. Furthermore, Wilk didn't quite possess Costello's pithy acumen, but I'll be damned if "Suspicion" and "Shadow-Box Love" didn't share that giant's uncanny vocal aplomb. The band's one and only record was reissued several years ago on CD for the first time, and appears to be out of print again. Here's Trouser Press' assessment of the situation.
Encountering the line between artistic influence and
stylistic plagiarism, Scott Wilk grabbed a copy of Elvis
Costello's Armed Forces and blithely pushed ahead.
Parts of his record are uncannily accurate impressions; the
cover design and group photo do nothing to reduce the
Costello/Attractions allusion. Funny thing, though —
the album is really good! If you can ignore its derivative
raison d'être, you'll find powerful, well-crafted
songs, impressive playing and production and an overriding
sense of cohesion. An unexpected but disconcerting
03. Victim of Circumstance
04. Danger Becomes Apparent
05. Man in the Mirror
06. Too Many Questions
07. Shorting Out
09. Instant This, Instant That
10. Familiarity Breeds Mutation
11. Shadow-Box Love
EA80 - 2 Takte Spater LP 85 w AJZ, Bielefeld 17.11.1989 w Dezember EP 89 w Der Mord Fallt Aus EP 82 w Düsseldorf, Ratinger Hof 27.11.84 w Geburtstag 7 89 w w HH, Stortebeker 4-6-88 w Hinter Den Dingen 10in 2000 w Licht! + 7 89 w Live 86 w Zuri Brennt EP 02 w Zwanzig EP 89 w vs. Klotzs - split EP 00 w Mehr Schreie LP 87 w Punk w Raunheim LP 87 w Vorsicht Schreie w ZweiHunderZwei 90 - REPOST Request: Uggh! Just kickin' myself in the head for taking so long to dig into these files and hear the greatness of this band. For years and ye...
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