7 Jul 2004
Drastic Measures 
Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement by Minny Pops first appeared on the Dutch label Plurex in September 1979. It is now re-released as an enhanced CD including video by those nice people at LTM for the price of 10 UK pounds (LTMCD 2384). This album is "an uncompromising genre classic, the 13 track set mixes hard-edged electronica with modernist noise, and shares much in common with contemporaries Cabaret Voltaire, The Normal, Suicide and early Human League".

Tracklisting

Springtime I
Minny Pops
Hologram
Total Confusion
Dolphin's Spurt
Motor City
Springtime II
Monica
Flash Goes the Eye
MD Mania
RU 21
Mono
New Muzak
Kojak
Footsteps
Nervous
Dolphin's Spurt (Remix)
New Muzak (live)
Total Confusion (live)
Mono (live)
MD Mania (live)
Dolphin's Spurt (live)

For full details on this and other releases including 'Night Air' by Blaine L. Reininger visit LTM's official website. Most albums can be ordered direct from LTM ahead of the store release dates - just drop them a line for details of how to order.

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